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An Open and Shut Case: Magna Makes 50 Millionth Side Door Latch


SAILAUF, GERMANY -- Sept. 25, 2014: Magna International Inc., the global leader in volume and sales for automotive latching products, announces that its Motrol closures manufacturing division in Guasticce, Italy, has achieved a noteworthy milestone: 50 million side-door latches manufactured for Volkswagen Group vehicles. Since starting production in 2003, Magna's Motrol division has supplied many of the Group's vehicles with its highly engineered side-door latches.

The Magna plant in Guasticce initially supplied one Audi model, and in the following years production was expanded to supply side-door latches on additional vehicles within the Volkswagen Group portfolio. This led to a rapid increase in door-latch production volume for the plant, which by 2012 was producing an average of 6 million latches per year, a production record for the facility.

"We have been developing and manufacturing side-door latches for our Volkswagen Group customers for more than 10 years, and our product is a true benchmark in terms of reliability, quietness and real-world quality performance," said Frank Seguin, president of Magna Closures. "This production milestone demonstrates our capabilities in supporting global vehicle programs with innovative and competitive products, as well as the confidence our customers place in us."