San Antonio: Takata buckles into $18M expansionSan Antonio: Takata buckles into $18M expansionhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=120232016-02-08T06:00:00Z2016-02-08T16:00:00Z

SAN ANTONIO - The next generation of high-tech seat belt buckles will be made at a newly expanded $18 million manufacturing plant in the Alamo City.

Construction crews finished a major expansion of the Takata Seat Belt plant off Wiseman Rd. in December 2015.

Using a state-of-the-art assembly line and high-tech robotics, the new plant can produce 27 million seat belt parts per year.

The new 48,000-sf plant currently employs 35 people but was designed to easily accommodate future expansions, if needed.

Based on current global demand for cars and seat belts, Takata Vice President of Seat Belt Operations Scott Simpton said the company is prepared to invest another $12 million to add a second line and hire 35 more people as early as 2017.

Takata opened its original manufacturing facility off Wiseman Rd. in 1996. The original plant’s 340 employees make 133 different parts at a rate of 194 million parts per year.
San Antonio Business Journal
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