Seamless plastic fluid filler pipes lighter than steel
AUBURN HILLS, Mich.: Global automotive manufacturer TI Automotive has opened a new plant in the Czech Republic that will produce plastic fuel filler pipes for Volkswagen, Skoda and Audi, and assemble fuel tank systems for Citroen, Peugeot, Toyota and Skoda.
The company, base in Auburn Hills, Mich., said the 63,700-square-foot (5,920-square-metre) facility in Liberec will have 85 employees at full production and is the first dedicated plastic fuel filler pipe production facility in the region.
The Liberec plant is TI Automotive’s fourth facility in the Czech Republic, joining two in Jablonec and Nisou, and one in Mlada Boleslav.
The blow-moulded filler pipes are seamless and deliver what the company describes as the same or better evaporative emissions performance as steel, but with a significant reduction in product weight.
There will be two dedicated production lines within the facility, which has been set up to accommodate two additional lines as needed.
TI Automotive has 130 global locations, including three in Canada: Orillia, Brampton and Cambridge, Ont. locations.