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NSG Group Expands Automotive Operations in South America

The NSG Group recently announced that its new laminating line at Caçapava (SP), Brazil, was formally opened by Mike Fallon, president-Automotive Worldwide, in February. “The new line will increase our capacity in Brazil by around 50%, permitting the production of some 3.7 million windshields a year,” said Fallon. “The line should be in full production by the end of March 2011.” “Brazil is a very important market for us, in which we been operating for some 30 years and have a high market share. The overall vehicle market in Brazil is growing strongly, with annual production expected to reach five million vehicles by 2014.”

In addition to the laminating line, added toughening capacity is in progress at the Caçapava site. The line is scheduled to start up in December, with full production planned for the end of March 2012. Both lines are being equipped with advanced technology currently used elsewhere in NSG’s global network.

The NSG Group is also developing automotive glazing value-added/satellite operations in several locations in Brazil and Argentina in an effort to improve service to customers in key areas, including Sorocaba, Camaçari, Recife, and Cordoba (Argentina). The group also plans to install 10 new Aftermarket Service Centers in the region over the next two years to service the growing automotive glass aftermarket.

For more information, visit www.nsggroup.net.

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