Global Steering Systems – Ponta Grossa, Brazil Facility
01 May 2014 – Global Steering Systems Ponta Grossa, Brazil
We are pleased to announce the launch of GSS’s South American localization initiative for the production of safety critical steering components and assemblies. Site selection is complete and our leased facility will be located in Ponta Grossa, Brazil. This will be the third phase of global expansion for GSS as it follows the start-up of our new production facility in Changshu, China and our greenfield project in Opole, Poland. The start of production for this facility is targeted for early 2016. This facility will produce products currently manufactured in the United States and exported to Brazil plus new programs with launch dates after January 2016.
This facility in Brazil will serve multiple customers who require high torque systems in their vehicle applications. The sophisticated technology of GSS provides a best in class performance in the vehicle’s steering system. We are excited and enthusiastic with the opportunity to serve this automotive market and look forward to expanding share following localization. Occupancy of the leased facility is scheduled to commence in June of 2015 with full occupancy by late August. The necessary equipment capitalization to support an ever expanding backlog of new requirements for this region will be completed by mid-summer 2015. GSS is a market focused and technology driven company with a full service capability to support steering applications around the world.