The new 60,000 square-meter facility nearly doubles Molex’s footprint and manufacturing space in Guadalajara, with the potential to increase capacity by an additional 100,000 square meters to support advanced engineering and large-scale production for automotive, transportation and industrial customers in North America and around the world.
“Our history in Mexico spans more than 50 years, earning Molex a strong reputation for developing world-class facilities and engineering talent to deliver customer-focused solutions,” said Mike Bloomgren, SVP, president, Transportation & Industrial Solutions, Molex. “The opening of a new factory in Guadalajara dedicated to transportation customers further enhances our ability to effectively and economically address the most complex challenges in automotive connectivity, battery management, vehicle safety and zonal architectures.”
Molex has invested $130 million in developing this state-of-the-art facility, which features new tools, technologies and processes to meet unprecedented demand for interconnect solutions for Electric Vehicles (EV), Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and connected vehicles. The fully integrated plant incorporates factory-of-the-future capabilities, including advanced production-line automation, autonomous robots, cutting-edge moulding and assembly tools, as well as complete engineering and operations to optimize product development, supply chain management, quality testing and volume manufacturing.
According to Molex, the availability of an onsite reliability and metrology lab testing will empower local engineers to improve product designs and speed development cycles. A cornerstone of Molex’s customer-centric approach, these local labs reduce rework costs and time at critical product-development stages. The use of innovative tests, simulations and analyses are designed to deliver industry-leading quality, streamline product certifications and accelerate time to market.
The company plans to grow its headcount from 200 employees to 300 by the end of the year. Moreover, the new Guadalajara plant complements the global footprint and customer focus of Molex’s Transportation & Industrial Solutions division, which includes facilities and technical centres in Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, the Philippines, Poland, South Korea and the United States.
Molex’s Guadalajara expansion will also help to strategically shorten supply-chain cycles by enabling the local team in Mexico to expedite supply-and-demand decisions so as to mitigate product development and manufacturing risks. The opportunity to increase and align multiple, geographically dispersed supply sources will help to improve Molex’s overall resiliency in addressing changing market dynamics and any disruption faced by customers globally.