The Hirschvogel Automotive Group, headquartered in Denklingen, Germany, will expand its global presence by setting up a new plant in Mexico. Hirschvogel, a global producer of forged steel and aluminum components, will locate the facility in San Juan del Río in the state of Querétaro about 90 miles northwest of Mexico City. The new site spans 115,000 square meters, and groundbreaking is expected to occur in September. Installation of the forging machines is scheduled for the end of 2017, and full production of constant-velocity joints and transmission shafts is expected to commence in early 2018. The company, Hirschvogel Components Mexico S.A. de C.V., will be managed by President and CEO Stephan Lutzenberger, who most recently served as corporate product and process development forging at the Denklingen plant.