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WEG invests €23.5m to build new motors factory in Portugal
Published:  06 March, 2022

The Brazilian motor and automation manufacturer WEG is investing €23.5m to build a 22,680m² electric motors factory in Santo Tirso, Portugal, where it already has a 16,300m² low-voltage motor factory. The new plant will expand WEG’s production of large electric motors. Operations from an existing factory in Maia, 24km away, will be transferred to the new facility, centralising manufacturing at a single site.

The new factory is expected to start operating in the first quarter of 2024 and will create around 100 new jobs.

Alberto Kuba, managing director of WEG Motores – Industrial Business Unit, says that the strategic investment is an important step in WEG's business expansion plans for Europe. “We are not only making investments to increase production capacity, but also improving our operations in Portugal,” he explains. “In addition to moving the production of medium- and high-voltage motors, flameproof motors, electrical panels, automation solutions and service support to Santo Tirso, we are also planning to increase the electrical motors range for larger sizes.”

WEG started its own operations in Portugal in 2002 when it bought an electric motor factory in Maia. In 2015, the company started to build a new motor factory in Santo Tirso. It invested more than €30m in the 45,000m2 plant, inaugurated in 2018, which produces customised LV motors and is WEG’s largest factory in Europe. Production at the plant is vertically integrated and brings together machining, rotor manufacturing, winding, assembly and test laboratories. WEG currently employs more than 700 people in Portugal.

When completed in 2024, WEG’s new factory in Portugal will create about 100 jobs

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