Thyssenkrupp Materials Services is continuing its expansion in North America and is planning a new site for the Materials de Mexico division in San Luis Potosí. In the central Mexican city, the company is investing around USD 37 million in a service center that will support the future viability of the automotive supply industry, which is growing strongly in this region. With this step, the biggest mill-independent materials distributor and service provider in the Western world is strengthening its leading position in the North American market and further aligning its service business to evolving customer needs. The new San Luis Potosí site is scheduled to start operations in mid 2023.The centerpiece of the new location is a Schuler blanking line used to cut aluminium and high strength steel blanks for the automotive industry. Due to its low weight, aluminium helps to reduce emissions and is often used prominently in electric vehicles. The automotive industry is responding to increasing demand brought on by the faster transition to electric mobility and stricter emission standards planned by the US government. For the Mexican suppliers, the USA is by far the biggest sales markets, around 80% of sales are generated in this region. The new site in San Luis Potosí will join with the company’s existing service center in Silao, located around 125 miles away, which already has an aluminium blanking line, to be the only facilities in the country to offer this service. All aluminium blanks for the auto industry not produced at these sites will have to be imported as prefabricated parts from the USA.Thyssenkrupp Materials de Mexico currently has three service centers in the country, located in Saltillo, Silao and Puebla in close proximity to numerous OEMs and suppliers to the automotive industry.