Magna ClosuresCanada – The latching technology division of Magna International is expanding its manufacturing facility to produce electronic systems and modules for the automotive industry. The $1.5m investment will also boost the workforce by 75 personnel.

Manufacturing activities at the site will focus on electronic closure modules for power closure and roof systems, plus what Magna describes as an “innovative electronic latching product” which avoids the need for cables, rods or moving handles in the door of the vehicle, providing benefits such as a lower component count, weight-savings and the flexibility for fitting in any car or truck model.

Frank Seguin, president of Magna Closures, said the company expects electronic closure and latching technologies to become “a game-changer for the industry over the next five years” and, eventually, “the future mainstream design”. He added that: “With our expansion at Dortec we are well-positioned to capitalise on this as it occurs.”

Production will commence later this year for customers in North America, Europe and Asia.