As part of its transformation plan, Affinia Group Inc. is establishing a brake production and distribution facility in Juarez, Mexico. The new 200,000-square-foot location will be a flexible facility, initially focused on brake shoes and other brake components previously manufactured in the U.S. The announcement of the new Juarez facility comes in the wake of recent announcements by Affinia to acquire 85 percent of one of the world’s largest drum and rotor manufacturing companies located in China and a 50/50 joint venture greenfield friction facility in India. Affinia currently has manufacturing and distribution facilities in the U.S., Canada, China, India, South America and Europe, as well as several other locations in Mexico. “We are continuing the implementation of our strategic plan for transforming Affinia into a truly global manufacturing and distribution organization,” said Terry R. McCormack, president and CEO of Affinia. The Juarez facility is located within the America Industries-Kimco Juarez Industrial Park. The 200,000-square-foot building is designed for expansion of up to more than 270,000 square feet if needed. Affinia anticipates beginning production in the fourth quarter of this year with full production capabilities by the second quarter of 2009.