Magna expands production of electric vehicle components in the United States


Automotive supplier Magna International is investing more than US$500 million in two new production sites and the expansion of an existing plant in the US state of Michigan. A major customer for eMobility components is General Motors.

The company is expanding its St. Clair plant (battery box) and opening new plants in Shelby Township (powertrain) and Detroit (seating). Magna Electric Vehicle Structures’ St. Clair plant opened in 2021 and is currently supplying steel battery boxes “to a global automaker,” according to the latest announcement.

In 2021, the supplier has spoken out even more when it comes to its battery case customer. A memo at the time stated that it built the GMC Hummer EV battery boxes. Given that General Motors not only ramped up production of the Hummer EV, but announced two other electric pickup trucks based on the Ultium platform, the Chevrolet Silverado EV and GMC Sierra EV (both also built in Michigan), demand for battery boxes naturally increases. Magna says it expects the expansion, which is expected to create 920 new jobs, to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2023.

The new plant in Shelby Township will produce battery support components for electric vehicles for a global automaker and is expected to enter service in March 2023 with more than 155 employees. It is unclear whether this will also be the production of GM and electric pickup trucks.

With the new Detroit plant for seat frames and trim and foam assemblies, Magna expects to create more than 1,500 new jobs in Michigan. “With our unmatched capabilities in our product areas, we continue to work with our customers to help them meet their mobility needs,” said Eric Wilds, Director of Marketing and Sales. “We are excited to be able to bring new business, more investment and additional jobs to Michigan and thank the state for its support.”

magna.com, michiganbusiness.org

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