Newly won orders are necessitating the continued expansion of the Eberspaecher European exhaust production capacity. The group is building an additional component plant in Tondela, Portugal.

"This represents the logical expansion of our European exhaust technology production network. At the same time we are bringing our products closer to customers on the Iberian peninsula", said Thomas Waldhier, COO of the Exhaust Technology Division.

A production and logistics building is currently being built on 11.5 hectares of land in the Zona Industrial do Lagedo (Municipality of Tondela) industrial area. In future, the new site will

supply the plants of European car makers in Spain, Portugal and Northern Morocco with hot end and cold end components for diesel and petrol-powered vehicles. This includes exhaust systems as well as diesel particulate filters and catalytic converters. Production is expected to start in the third quarter of 2017. By the end of next year Eberspaecher will create around 120 jobs at the plant. An expansion up to 500 workers and an annual production capacity of 2.5m exhaust components is scheduled by 2020.