General Motors has just announced it will invest more than one billion dollars in its Ramos Arizpe manufacturing complex, the automaker’s most strategic plant in Mexico. During a press conference held earlier today, the company informed the Latin country’s authorities that it will inaugurate a new, state-of-the-art paint plant at Ramos Arizpe.
In addition to the new paint shop that will start operating in June 2021, the significant investment will also serve to transform the Ramos Arizpe plant into the fifth GM North America manufacturing site to produce electric vehicles. Beginning in 2023, the Mexican complex will join the EV plants in Spring Hill, Tennessee, Factory Zero in Detroit-Hamtramck and Lake Orion, both in Michigan, as well as CAMI in Ingersoll, Ontario.
“We are very proud to contribute to the realization of GM’s Triple Zero Vision by producing electric vehicles,” said GM Mexico President and CEO, Francisco Garza, in a statement. “We are confident that the necessary economic conditions will be met so that eventually, the complex can grow the workforce by one more shift in some operations. This is great news to continue celebrating GM’s 85-plus-year presence in Mexico, and to show our commitment to the country,” he added.
GM Mexico announced that part of the investment of more than $1 billion USD will be used to expand the assembly and Global Propulsion Systems sectors of the Ramos Arizpe industrial complex, which will be retooled to produce the company’s new vehicle architectures. The plant will manufacture electric vehicles of various GM brands, batteries and other electrical components.
The Ramos Arizpe’s contribution to GM’s zero crashes, zero emissions and zero congestion vision will begin during the second half of this year, with the manufacture of drive units that will equip next-generation electric vehicles such as the GMC Hummer EV and the Cadillac Lyriq. At this time, it’s unclear which EVs will be manufactured in the Mexican plant starting in 2023.
The Ramos Arizpe plant currently employs 5,600 workers and manufactures the Chevy Blazer and Chevy Equinox crossovers, as well as engines and transmissions. In addition to producing units for the local Mexican market, the complex exports vehicles and components to more than 40 countries around the world.