The company’s initial invest will be 15 million Euros to build about 18,000 m², on a 44,000 m² site, with the possibility of expansion up to 100,000m². Similar to other WEG manufacturing plants, this facility will adopt a modular design, allowing the gradual and continuous increase in production capacity allowing WEG to meet expansion needs over several years.

"The new Santo Tirso base will be dedicated to the production of low voltage motors (up to 3.5 tons), while our other Portuguese unit, based in Maia, will add space to produce explosion-proof motors," explains Luis Alberto Tiefensee, Managing Director of WEG motors.

The first production module in Santo Tirso should come into operation in mid-2016 and generate about 150 new jobs.