New Heat Treat Investment for Mexico Facility

In February of this year “The Monty Heat Treat News” reported that hydraulic pump supplier Bosch Rexroth was investing in a new in house heat treatment department at their facility near Queretaro, Mexico (original story is below). We speculated at the time as to what form this heat treat would take, we can now tell you what we have been told. We have been lead to believe that the main part of the investment will be in a total of 6 gas nitriding systems. If true this represents a very significant investment on the part of the company. As always we will try to keep our readers updated. 
“FEBRUARY 2024/New Heat Treat Investment for Mexico Facility; June 2023 Bosch Rexroth announced that they had started production at a brand new facility in Querétaro, Mexico (the announcement can be found further down in this article). When the facility orignally opened it did not include in house heat treating capabilities although long term that was the plan-that timing is now being realized. The company is now saying that a supplier for the furnaces has been selected and that the site is being prepared  for the equipment. More details to follow.
“JUNE 2023 Querétaro, Mexico; At its 42,000-square-meter plant in Querétaro, Bosch Rexroth began manufacturing hydraulic pumps, motors, and valves for mobile machinery such as excavators, forklifts, and tractors in June. The company prepares the ramp up of hydraulic components and products of linear motion technology. It is planned that additional products will be manufactured there for mobile machinery (transmission units, radial piston motors) as well as linear motion technology products (rails, runner blocks) for applications in mechanical and plant engineering as well as factory automation. Overall, industry specialists expect strong growth for mobile machinery and for the factory automation market, especially in North America.
“With its local-for-local strategy, Bosch Rexroth increases the capacity, flexibility and robustness of supply chains, reduces the CO2 footprint by regionally manufactured products and achieves shorter delivery times,” emphasizes Reinhard Schaefer, Member of the Management Board of Bosch Rexroth with responsibility for manufacturing and quality. In addition to its existing supplier base in North America, Bosch Rexroth relies on a stable and further growing supplier network in Mexico, for example for castings, machining, steel, drive shafts or cylinders.
Together with the Bosch Rexroth production sites in Bethlehem (Pennsylvania), Charlotte (North Carolina), Fountain Inn (South Carolina) and Lincolnshire (Illinois) in the United States, which have been existing for decades, the new plant in Querétaro will serve the market with hydraulic and Factory Automation solutions in a much faster and stable way. In Fountain Inn, Bosch Rexroth is expanding its services to include prototyping, customizing, re-manufacturing, and aftermarket service and spare parts.
“With our growing production capacity in this region, we can react even faster than before to customer requirements and meet the growing demand for components and solutions, in particular for agricultural and construction machinery and OEM machine builders in North America,” adds Christoph Kleu, Senior Vice President Finance and Administration of Bosch Rexroth in North America. “Our customers in North America will continue to order from their regional contact at Bosch Rexroth, but they will have more options for transport and delivery,” adds Kleu.
Bosch Rexroth has been present in North America since 1967 and employs more than 3,500 associates at five production sites and numerous sales and service locations. The new plant in Mexico complements the activities at the established sites.”
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