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Magneti, Comau, Teksid

by David Zatz on

Magneti Marelli is a worldwide organization, with 85 plants, 12 research and development centers, 26 application centers, and 38,000 employees. plants are in North America (US and Mexico), South America (Argentina and Brazil), Europe  (ten countries), and Asia (China, India, and Malaysia). R&D centers are in the US, Brazil, China, India, France, Germany, Italy, and the Czech Republic.

The company’s primary line is lighting and only 15% of sales are to FCA companies; it is the second biggest auto lighting company for front and rear lighting, with a range going up to LED low-beams. It supplies parts for just about every part of the car.

FCA also owns Comau, which provides manufacturing systems (including robotics) for  machining, assembly, testing, energy management, and additive manufacturing. Comau boasts leading solutions for steel and aluminum, including high density automation, integrated logistics, and “multi-material” joining.

The company plans to increase manufacturing in cheap-labor countries China, Romania, and Mexico, while increasing market penetration in various automotive systems and in non-automotive industries. Comau is also hoping to move from providing just maintenance services to “full asset management.”

FCA’s Teksid produces castings for the automove industry, with seven plants in  Europe, Asia, and North and South America and around 7,000 employees. Their primary lines are iron and aluminum castings, with key products including cylinder heads and engine blocks, manifolds, and nodular iron crankshafts and camshafts. They expect cast iron production to rise from 407,000 tons in 2013 to 426,000 tons in 2018, with aluminum castings rising from 19,000 tons in 2013 to 54,000 tons in 2018. The growth in aluminum appears to be on the back of FCA purchases.



David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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