Novares, an automotive plastics supplier, opened a new $1.75m site for manufacturing car components at Santa Ana, Sonora, Mexico.

The new 8,014 square metre factory produces plastic tubes for emission control applications, moulded parts for oil separators and other plastic parts for a range of unpsecified “international automotive companies”.

The plant, equipped with new machinery such as a CVT extrusion machine for producing electric car battery cooling system parts, consolidates the company’s tube assembly production at one site, transferring these operations from Richmond, Wisconsin, and from nearby Santa Ana.

The plant will employ around 400 people.

Pierre Boulet, Novares CEO, said: “The site is 100km south of the US border, simplifying supply chains to North America.”