WEG has announced new investments to expand production capacity and increase the vertical integration of production processes in its manufacturing site in Itajaí, Brazil.

The investment includes the construction of a machining shop, specifically for the manufacture of spare parts and frames for variable frequency drives, soft starters and special switches for machine manufacturers. In addition a new plugs and sockets factory will be constructed to serve the building’s infrastructure market, both commercial and residential. The projects will be carried out on the same manufacturing site where the company already has e-House, dry type transformer and wire drawing factories, and will receive an investment of R$ 87 million. Work is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.

“The manufacturing site of Itajaí was planned to allow a gradual and continuous increase in production capacity and meet the expansion needs of the company for several years. Thanks to the favorable environment for business and the abundant offer of transport companies in the region, we will be able to take advantage of the network already developed by WEG, maintaining logistics costs and consolidating cargo with the other Company businesses in Itajaí and Jaraguá do Sul “, explains Manfred Peter Johann, Managing Director of the Automation Business Unit.

The new plug and sockets factory will have approximately 5,500 m² of floorspace and the new machining shop will have 12,000 m². Both were designed in such a way as to allow the gradual increase, in a modular way, of the production capacity.

With the new investments, WEG will expand its capacity in Itajaí and should open more than 300 new jobs in the next 5 years. Currently, the company has more than a thousand employees in its operations at this location.