WEG is making a significant investment in expanding its European operations and has recently commenced manufacturing at its second factory in Portugal.
With an investment of more than 30 millio Euros, Santo Tirso is now the largest WEG manufacturing plant in Europe. The new facility will be dedicated to the production of low voltage electric motors.
The new factory in Portugal has a footprint of around about 45 thousand m² and also has the capability for future expansion up to 100 thousand m². It incorporates production line facilities including machining, rotor manufacturing, stator winding, assembly processes and dedicated testing areas.
António Duarte, who is Managing Director of both plants, said: “Our aim, every day, is to reach out to our customers and exceed their expectations. For us, being close to our customers’ means a lot more than geographical proximity – it means to partner with them, advise them and actively support them.”
He added that the new factory will allow WEG to enhance the delivery lead times and increase the production capacity of the Maia facility. The first Portuguese plant will now be focused on the manufacture of medium and high voltage motors, with an emphasis on explosion protected solutions. It will expand its current portfolio of manufactured products, whilst strengthening the in-house service capabilities and automation solutions.
This investment is a further step to WEG’s ongoing commitment and strategy in the expansion of its operations in Europe, following on from the acquisition in recent years of the Austrian company Watt Drive Antriebstechnik GmbH (Watt Drive), the two German companies Antriebstechnik KATT Hessen GmbH (“KATT”) and Württembergische Elektromotoren GmbH, and Autrial S.L. in Spain.