Company officials from SRG Global, part of Guardian Industries, were joined by employees and their families at an opening celebration to mark the expansion of the company's factory in Liria, Spain.

SRG Global is a Tier 1 interior and exterior trim supplier to the automotive and commercial truck sectors. The expansion extends its production of high value coatings for automotive plastics and subsystems in Europe.

The Liria extension adds 10,000 square metres to the existing 45,000 sq m facility and includes a painting line with the latest technology available to improve part complexity in size, geometry and asset optimisation.

"We are committed to continuous improvement in energy efficiency and development of innovative technologies which will result in reduced air emissions," said Jose Manuel Sanchez, managing director of SRG Global for Europe and Asia.

"This modern painting line is another step toward upholding that vision and illustrates our dedication to becoming a benchmark company regarding sustainability and long term value creation."

Located in the province of Valencia, the Liria plant employs 850 and produces exterior trim assemblies for various global automakers.

It is one of SRG Global's largest factories. Since starting production in 1992, the plant has supplied parts to most global auto manufacturers focused on Europe.

By the end of this year, over 1.5m vehicles will have parts manufactured in Liria, the supplier said.