Nexteer Automotive Becomes Usinatech Mexico's Next Automotive Client

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With the announcement of Usinatech’s geographic sourcing deal to supply Nexteer Automotive with high volumes of high quality driveline parts, Usinatech Mexico continues its growth as leading local parts supplier to Tier 1s and OEMs south of the US border.

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Our core advantage is our ability to design and implement processes for making large quantities of complex, high quality machined parts, reliably in short periods of time.

Usinatech Inc. founder and CEO Rudy Pelletier joined Normand Pelletier, Director of Usinatech's Mexico operations, to announce their inking of a parts manufacturing deal with Nexteer Automotive. One of the world's largest Tier 1 automotive driveline and steering component manufacturers, Nexteer will be sourcing a minimum of 300,000 half-axle shafts from Usinatech’s plant in Saltillo, Mexico starting in late 2015.

Half-axles are found in pairs on all cars and trucks with front wheel drive. Like the full axles on rear wheel drive cars or trucks, they work by transmitting power from the vehicle's transmission to its wheels. The half-axle shafts made by Usinatech Mexico for Nexteer will be included in the driveline assemblies for a new 2016 front wheel drive model being launched by one of the ‘Big Three’ North American OEMs.

Facing a ‘hurry-up’ timeline with start of production scheduled for Q3 2015, Usinatech's project management, procurement, technical and quality assurance teams have already begun pre-production, plant engineering and supply chain planning.

Usinatech will use specialized heat-induction and precision-machining to make Nexteer’s half-axle shafts on-site at their 50,000 square foot plant Saltillo plant. Once completed the half-axle shafts will be packed into custom-designed containers and shipped on a Just-In-Time basis to Nexteer’s plant in Queretaro, Mexico, where they will be included in the front wheel driveline assemblies made by Nexteer for their OEM client.

“Because our Usinatech Mexico plant has both heat induction and spline rolling capabilities demanded by the part making program under one roof close to Queretaro, it was a big advantage for us as well as Nexteer.” Explains Usinatech Sales and Purchasing Director Christian Gregoire. "But our core advantage was as always, our ability to design and implement processes for making large quantities of complex, high quality machined parts, reliably in short periods of time.”

Nexteer Automotive is a multi-billion dollar global steering and driveline business solely dedicated to electric and hydraulic steering systems, steering columns and driveline products for original equipment manufacturers. The company is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Its 10,000 workforce serves more than 50 customers in every major region of the world. The company has 20 manufacturing plants, five regional engineering centers and 10 customer service centers strategically located in North and South America, Europe and Asia. Nexteer Automotive's customers include BMW, FCA, Ford, GM, Toyota, and PSA Peugeot Citroen, as well as automakers in India, China, and South America. http://www.nexteer.com

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Usinatech specializes in high volume, high precision CNC machined parts for North American automotive, sports and marine recreational vehicle, agricultural machinery and heavy equipment clients. With particular strengths in power transmission components, Usinatech has Canadian headquarters and main operations in Melbourne, Quebec, and Mexican operations in Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila. Usinatech gears, shafts and power transmission components can be found the products of world-leading brands such as Corvette, Jeep, BRP, Kawasaki, and John Deere. These demanding clients rely on Usinatech for making the highest quality parts, delivered on time and on budget, year after year. Precisely.

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