Automotive safety systems specialist TRW plans to open a new factory in the Mexican state of Queretaro to produce brake systems.

The 150,000 sq ft plant will manufacture hydraulic control units for electronic stability control systems including the supplier’s slip control boost systemwhich works as an integral part of regenerative braking systems in hybrid and electric vehicles. The plant will also produce brake actuation units including boosters and master cylinders.

“The new braking facility will complement our existing facility in Queretaro and represents a significant investment in advanced braking technologies and manufacturing processes. The plant will be geared to aluminium machining and clean room assembly environments to meet the stringent cleanliness requirements of hydraulic valve assembly,” said Doug DelGrosso, TRW’s global head of braking operations.

Production is expected to begin near the end of the first quarter of 2012 with employment estimated at 450 people when full production is reached.

TRW’s growing foundation brake business will primarily be produced at the existing Santa Rosa, Mexico, factory while the new site will be dedicated to electronic braking and actuation systems.