Mahle opened two new factories this week in Ramos Arizpe and Celaya, Mexico, to supply OEM customers with assembly plants in the central and northeastern regions of the country.

The new 367,000 sq ft plant in Ramos Arizpe is located close to two other Mahle factories and is part of the company's thermal management unit. Full production at the US$59m plant will begin in July. Employment is expected to increase from about 140 people in 2015 to 500 in 2018.

The $19m 193,000 sq ft factory in Celaya is part of the filtration and engine peripherals unit and is expected to employ 450 by 2019.

Ramos Arizpe, near Saltillo in northeastern Mexico produces HVAC modules and heat exchangers for passenger cars and commercial vehicles. Customers include General Motors, FCA, BMW, Audi, Daimler Trucks North America and Navistar.

In central Mexico northeast of Mexico City, the Celaya factory produces air cleaner systems, air ducts, air intake manifolds and carbon canisters. Audi and Mazda both have new assembly plants under construction near Celaya, while Toyota and BMW have announced plans to build nearby.

Mahle will have 12 factories in Mexico employing 6,000 by 2019.