American Axle & Manufacturing, a leader in the design, engineering and manufacturing of automotive driveline systems and components, opened a new 15,600-square-meter manufacturing facility in the industrial area of Viladecans, Spain, just outside Barcelona. The facility will support demand and growth from new and current European customers, including Renault, BMW, Daimler, Porsche, Audi and Ford. AAM Barcelona produces a complete range of vibration control and damper products, including PV-bonded dampers, press-in compression dampers, isolation pulleys, in-mold bonded dampers and damped gears. It consolidates two smaller facilities in nearby Gavà and will employ nearly 300 associates at full capacity. 

“AAM’s new Barcelona manufacturing facility is a key part of our continued mission to diversify and expand our global customer base and product mix,” said David C. Dauch, AAM chairman and CEO. “European automakers are continuing to downsize engines, and AAM’s segment-leading products support this mission with technology that helps reduce noise and vibrations in the vehicle.”