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New Braking Plant in Mexico

TRW to Open New Braking Plant in Mexico TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW), the global leader in automotive safety systems, will open a new facility in the state of Queretaro, Mexico, to produce a range of advanced brake systems. The 150,000 square foot facility will manufacture hydraulic control units for a variety of electronic stability control systems including TRW's Slip Control Boost system, which works as an integral part of regenerative braking systems in hybrid and electric vehicles. The plant will also produce brake actuation units including boosters and master cylinders. "The new braking facility will complement our existing facility in Queretaro and represents a significant investment in advanced braking technologies and manufacturing processes. The plant will be geared to aluminum machining and clean room assembly environments to meet the stringent cleanliness requirements of hydraulic valve assembly," said Doug DelGrosso, global vice president of braking operations at TRW. Production at the new plant is anticipated to begin near the end of the first quarter in 2012, with an estimated total employment of 450 when full production is reached. TRW's growing foundation brake business will primarily be produced at the existing Santa Rosa, Mexico, facility, while the new site will be dedicated to electronic braking and actuation systems

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