Expanding its global engineering capabilities, Bendix (Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC) will open a new engineering research and development center in Monterrey, Mexico, later this year.
The 7,800 sq. ft. center, located within an existing building at the Research and Technological Innovation Park, will further expand the North American presence of Bendix, which operates facilities in the United States, Mexico and Canada. Construction of offices and test labs in Monterrey is under way, with an eye on completion in the third quarter. Employees are expected to begin working on-site in March, according to the company.
“Our legacy and our future are built on the innovation and expertise of our engineering advancements,” says Richard Beyer, vice president, engineering and R&D, Bendix. “No matter their geography, the members of our talented engineering team will continue working together to maintain a strong and hands-on relationship aimed at bolstering our existing expertise and long-term strategic impact.”
Bendix’s headquarters in Elyria, Ohio, will remain the company’s engineering and R&D leadership hub. The company also maintains engineering operations in Acuña, Mexico; Irvine, Calif.; Kalamazoo, Mich.; and Vancouver, British Columbia.
“From globalization to the rapid-fire introduction of complex technologies and more, the commercial vehicle industry is changing as never before. More than one-third of today’s commercial tractors and trailers are built in Mexico, and that percentage is rising,” Beyer says. “This expansion of our engineering footprint will enable us to expand our North American presence to be even closer to our customers, and further enhance our overall level of support.”
Beyer notes that the Monterrey area is home to several universities known for technical expertise, strong R&D partnerships and a significant percentage of graduates in the areas of engineering and manufacturing.
Mexico has been a vital part of Bendix’s business for 30 years, dating to the establishment of manufacturing operations in Acuña in 1988.
Bendix delivers on areas critical to the success of fleets and owner-operators, including safety, reliability, vehicle performance and efficiency and lower total cost of ownership, through an ever-growing portfolio of wheel-end and advanced safety technologies. By complementing its products with unparalleled post-sales support, Bendix aims to strengthen return on investment in equipment that improves highway and vehicle safety for everyone on the road, according to the company.