"We are currently setting up the production lines in the USA," said Ingo Brunsmann, head of application engineering and original equipment sales at the company. Hengst has annual sales of 120 million euros.
General Motors, DaimlerChrysler and Ford are Hengst customers in Germany. Hengst's contract with GM to supply filter components for several models is a major reason for its decision to build a plant in North America.
In June Hengst opened a sales office and a logistics center in Detroit. Once the plant in Detroit is up and running, the company will not only be manufacturing filter components but also designing, producing and selling complete filter systems.
Another component of Hengst's American business will be its joint venture with the Woco Unternehmensgruppe from Bad Soden-Salmuenster. Woco is a specialist for solutions regarding automobile acoustics and vibration engineering.
The joint venture will focus on the fast growing market for cylinder-head covers with integrated oil-vapor recirculators. Those products could also be manufactured at the Detroit plant.