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AAM Expands Its Manufacturing Presence In Asia With New Facility In Thailand

RAYONG, Thailand, Sept. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, Inc., (AAM) which is traded as AXL on the NYSE, today announced the grand opening of its Rayong Manufacturing Facility, located in the Hemaraj Eastern Seaboard Industrial Estate in the Rayong Province of Thailand.  

Joseph S. Tang, the plant manager of Rayong Manufacturing Facility, will oversee the facility's manufacture of highly engineered and proven driveline products for the region.  Products manufactured at the facility include front axles, rear axles; and driveshafts.

"We are extremely pleased to celebrate the grand opening of AAM's sixth regional manufacturing operation in Asia," said AAM Executive Vice President, Worldwide Operations John J. Bellanti.  "Rayong Manufacturing Facility will allow us to leverage AAM's historic track record of world-class quality, delivery, reliability and outstanding warranty performance while furthering AAM's global expansion strategy in the second largest pickup truck market in the world."

"Profitable growth in Asia is a key component of our global business strategy," said President-AAM Asia, Vice President-AAM, Steven J. Proctor.  "This new manufacturing facility reflects this commitment to Asia while allowing us to provide advanced-technology products for current and potential new customers throughout the region."

Rayong Manufacturing Facility is a regional manufacturing plant that occupies approximately 125,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space, with an additional 13,000 sq. ft. dedicated to administration.  Currently, 195 associates are employed at the facility. When fully operational, the facility will have approximately 275 engineering and manufacturing associates.

About AAM

AAM is a world leader in the manufacture, engineering, design and validation of driveline and drivetrain systems and related components and modules, chassis systems and metal-formed products for trucks, sport utility vehicles, passenger cars and crossover utility vehicles. In addition to locations in the United States ( Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania), AAM also has offices or facilities in Brazil, China, Germany, India, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Poland, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand and the United Kingdom.

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