Hanon Systems, a provider of thermal solutions in automotive, plans to start production at a new plant in Monterrey, Mexico, to support the company's growth strategy and support major customer Kia.

The new manufacturing facility in Monterrey, Climate Systems Mexicana, S.A. de C.V., is located in the northeastern state of Nuevo Leono, and will manufacture heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units and cooling modules for various new Kia models.

The facility has nearly 8,300 square meters (approximately 89,000 square feet) of manufacturing space that incorporates standardized global manufacturing and business processes, and has room for expansion to address future business needs, the company says.

"We are pleased to grow alongside Kia Motors in Mexico, and further expand the Hanon Systems global footprint in this important region," said In-Young Lee, Hanon Systems president and CEO.

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"Expanding into Monterrey strategically enables Hanon Systems to support vehicle manufacturers from virtually anywhere in Mexico."

With the addition of the Monterrey facility, Hanon Systems has six wholly-owned manufacturing operations in Mexico – four in Ciudad Juarez, in northern Mexico; and one in Queretaro, central Mexico, which began production in September 2014.

Production in Monterrey is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2016.

Hanon Systems is a full-line supplier of automotive thermal management solutions. Products include heating ventilation and air conditioning; compressors; powertrain cooling; fluid transport; and electric, hybrid and fuel cell vehicle thermal systems. With 39 manufacturing sites supported by four global technical centers in 19 countries, the company employs more than 15,500 people. Website: www.hanonsystems.com.