Brembo had a successful first pour at its all-new cast iron foundry in Escobedo, Mexico. The 269,000-square-foot facility, which has a melting capacity of approximately 70,000 tons per year, will cast iron rotors for the company’s nearby disc machining plant. The first pour is a preliminary test that ensures all systems are functioning properly and is the first step in testing the foundry’s full production line in anticipation of production ramp-up. During this test, the foundry’s furnaces were charged and the molten raw material from these furnaces was poured into a mold for the first time.
The cast iron foundry joins Brembo’s adjacent aluminum foundry, where the company has been making lightweight, high-performance, aluminum brake calipers for over a year. This is the second cast iron foundry Brembo has built in North America. The company began production in Homer, Mich., last year.