Visteon Corporation (NYSE: VC) is enhancing its competitiveness
and performance with the opening of a new automotive technical
center and office facility today in the city of Chihuahua, Mexico.
The 5,000-square-meter facility will accommodate specific needs
for vehicle component design activities and administrative operations
in the region. This building will house approximately 200 engineers,
technicians and other employees.
Last February, Visteon announced the construction of its new
Mexico Technical Center adjacent to property of the Instituto
Tecnologico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Chihuahua
Campus. The strategic alliance between Visteon and the ITESM demonstrates
the company's commitment to performance and competitiveness in
the Mexican automotive market.
"The opening of the technical center today represents our
commitment and dedication to being a performance-driven and competitive
company worldwide," said Jim Orchard, Visteon executive vice
president and president of North American operations, who attended
the opening event. "Our partnership with ITESM will enable
us to leverage their expertise so that we may enhance our automotive
design and development capabilities. And, we want to thank the
government of Chihuahua for its support and help over the last
four years to carry out this major program."
Joining Orchard at the opening event were the governor of the
state of Chihuahua, Patricio Martinez; and the secretary of industry
development of the State of Chihuahua, Francisco Uranga. On behalf
of the ITESM, president of the board, Federico Terrazas, attended,
as well as the ITESM system dean, Rafael Rangel Softman; dean
of the North Region ITESM, David Noel Ramirez; and principal of
the ITESM Campus Chihuahua, professor Victor Gutierrez.
Visteon's Technical Center Mexico (VTCM), which is managed by
Maximo Vargas, the facility's director, houses engineers who design
and engineer automotive products for current and future vehicle
models. In addition, these engineers collaborate with Visteon
manufacturing plants both in the region and abroad to help support
programs all over the world.