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Miba’s goal: A Miba Part for Every Vehicle Produced

January 21, 2009

Austrian group expands its US operations with a new plant in Ohio

One of Miba’s goals is for every vehicle produced to contain a part manufactured by Miba! The Austrian based maker of sintered components, engine bearings and friction materials is already one of the leading strategic partners of the international engine and automotive industry. Miba recently announced the next step forward for its operations in North America with expansion of its McConnelsville/Ohio plant by May 2009. Franz Roessler and Chris Schluter from the Austrian Trade Commission in Chicago recently visited MIBA’s friction facility in Sterling Heights, Michigan to learn more about the group’s activities in the U.S.
Miba HydraMechanica’s President and CEO Mr. Werner Kollment not only manages the work of some 50 employees but he is also very well connected with the Austrian community in Michigan. Miba HydraMechanica Sterling Heights, is situated at the heart of the US auto industry, supplies the automotive, aerospace and construction machinery industry with high-end friction materials for wet- and dry-running applications in clutches and brakes. The company has decades of experience in friction technology and has also developed products of its own. Its customer base consists of leading producers and it works closely with OEM customers all the way through from development to series production. Products meet rigorous quality standards and are ISO 9001:2000 and ISO TS 16949:2002 certified.
MIBA is also a joint-venture partner in Advanced Bearings Materials LLC in Greensburg, Indiana.
The new Ohio plant will add some 200 workers to the payroll of the current 300 US Miba employees. The Laakirchen, Austria based MIBA group has 11 sites worldwide with over 2,700 employees. Besides Austria and United States, other sites are located in China, Slovakia and Brazil.