USA – The first of three large presses is now operational at GM’s new $200m stamping facility in Arlington, Texas.

GM’s Arlington plant currently receives stampings from as far as 1,000 miles away, but the new facility will produce large metal parts for the next generation of full-size SUVs, such as doors, hoods and side panels.

The Arlington plant is the only source for Chevrolet Tahoes, Suburbans, GMC Yukons and Cadillac Escalades sold globally.

Tim Lee, executive vice-president, global manufacturing and chairman, GM China, described Arlington Stamping as “the latest example in GM’s strategy to improve quality and reduce cost”. The new facility will save about $40m in logistical costs per year.