SETUBAL, Portugal -- Webasto AG's plant here will not be completed for months, but the German roof system supplier is already talking expansion.
Webasto will spend about $41.8 million on the factory, which will supply the folding glass hardtop system for the Volkswagen Concept C.
The factory is in a supplier park near VW's Autoeuropa assembly plant.
"We have the possibility to add another 8,841 square meters to our plant area by 2006, if we supply more parts for future Autoeuropa models," said Webasto CEO Franz-Josef Kortum.
It's unclear whether Webasto also would supply VW plants in nearby Spain. "At this moment there are no concrete plans, but we cannot exclude it," Kortum said.
In Spain, VW builds Polos at Pamplona and Seat models at Martorell.
The four-seat Concept C was shown at the Geneva auto show in March. It will be positioned between the VW Golf and Passat.
Webasto plans to have its factory built in six months. The plant will begin pre-series production of the hardtop next February for the convertible that VW aims to start building in October 2005.
Kortum said the plant will have two shifts. Depending on the market, it could produce more than 50,000 units annually.
Emilio Saenz, managing director of Autoeuropa, said VW will invest more than $516.1 million in the Portugal plant to add the convertible. The plant, which is near Lisbon, builds the VW Sharan, Seat Alhambra and Ford Galaxy large minivans.
Knut Griesemer, Webasto's Portugal managing director, said Webasto's plant is the company's first to provide just-in-time delivery of roof systems.