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Operations: production facilities

GST AutoLeather currently operates multiple state-of-the-art production facilities in Mexico, Germany, Hungary, South Africa and China. GST has also partnered with strategic suppliers in key areas of the world to supply our automotive leather products. The combination of our GST owned facilities and our global strategic partners enables us to supply the highest quality automotive leather to virtually any part of the world.

Nuevo Laredo
180,000 Sq. Ft. / 709 Employees / Opened 2004

  • State-of-the-art roller coaters / dryers
  • Precise computer automated chemical dispenser system
  • Efficient dry milling loading system
  • Dedicated development finish line
  • Quick change embossing roll station
  • Tipping and color coat operation
  • Newly developed anti-soiling technology
  • Laser etching applications
  • Cutting/lamination capacity
  • Certification:
    • Quality System Certification – ISO 9001:2008
    • Laboratory is ISO/IEC 17025 by A2LA  Scope

Leon
296,450 Sq. Ft. / 1084 Employees / Opened 1968

  • State-of-the-art retan automated drums
  • 4 finishing lines
    • Spraying and state-of-the-art roller coaters
  • 3 focused factories
  • 4 roller cutting machines
  • Hand cutting manufacturing lines
  • Perforation and Lamination process
  • Certification:
    • Quality System Certification – ISO/TS16949
      (Retan and Finishing Plant)
    • Environmental Certification – ISO 14001
    • Quality System Certification – ISO/TS 16949
      (Cutting Plant)
    • Laboratory Certification – ISO/LEC17025 by A2LA
  • Recognitions:
    • Company compromised with Education, by State Education Department
    • ESR, Company Socially Responsible
    • Guanajuato State Labor Merit
    • Great Place to Work Institute

GST Zhongshan
196,300 Sq. Ft. / 170 Employees / Opened 2001

  • Cutting Capacity: 46000 hides/month with one shift (8 hours)
  • Experienced hand cutters
  • Dedicated cells per program
  • 12 cutting cells with 24 click cutting machines
  • 3 skiving machines
  • 3 moss back machines
  • 3 perforation lines
  • 1 lamination machine
  • Exceptional cutting utilization / low PPM performance
  • 17,800 sq. ft. warehouse
  • Certification:
    • ISO/TS 16949 Certification

Nigel, South Africa
355,300 Sq. Ft. / 1,024 Employees

  • Vertically integrated retanning, finishing and cutting operations
  • Stand-alone R&D development center
  • Automatic chemical dispensing systems
  • New lamination technology
  • State-of-the-art dosing systems in retanning and finishing
  • New Megastar and Top Star roll coating technology
  • New roller cutting technology
  • New automated foam cutting technology
  • State-of-the-art laboratory with all required equipment for automotive leather testing
  • Certification:
    • ISO 14000
    • ISO 18000
    • ISO/TS 16949
    • ISO 9001

Janoshaza, Hungary
52,750 Sq. Ft. / 797 Employees

  • State-of-the-art die-cutting process
  • Splitting and skiving capability
  • Emboss and deboss operations
  • Perforation lines – quick change – Wista and Ring
  • Very experienced work force!
  • State-of-the-art random perforation machine
  • Certification:
    • ISO/TS 16949
    • ISO 9001
    • ISO 14001
    • OHSAS 18001

Regional Innovation CenterS
Livonia, MI USA / Mulheim, Germany / Nigel, South Africa
Shanghai, China

  • Proximity: Close to OEM’s and Tier I’s
  • Instant Feedback: Expedited delivery of samples to customer
  • Conducive to customer visits and collaboration on product design and development
  • Fully accredited laboratories
  • Light manufacturing capability
  • Dedicated hand sample area for R&D projects
  • Manufacturing Intent: Design for manufacturability
  • Co-located on-site development engineers at satellite GST manufacturing facilities

Saltillo
199,700 Sq. Ft. / 1238 Employees / Opened 1996

  • Roller cutting – 10 presses
  • Hand cutting manufacturing lines
  • World-class training center
  • Gerber cutting cell for lamination foam
  • Laser etching, Embossing stations, Logo branding
  • Perforation lines: regular, linear and custom perf
  • Customized lamination process and Embroidering
  • Modernized central distribution center
  • Certification:
    • Environmental Certification – ISO 14001
    • Quality System Certification – TS 16949
  • Recognitions:
    • Great Place to Work Institute, Top 100 Companies in Mexico
    • Inclusive Company by Federal Government
    • Family Responsible Company by Federal Labor Authority
    • Gender Equity by Federal Government
    • Linkage Industry-University recognition, by Education Council of Coahuila State

GST Shanghai
105,000 Sq. Ft. / 350 Employees / Opened 2004

  • Finishing Capacity: 100000 hides/month
  • Olcinx retan drums
  • State-of-the-art in-line drying
  • Milling section – 9 milling machines / 2 stakers
    (one 4HC2 new staker machine)
  • 3 Jumbostar roll coating units
  • 3 Embossing machines
  • 1 Topstar with in-line system for Color coat
  • 5 Gemata spray lines (2 double heads and 3 single head, one top coat spray line with 2K system)
  • Ability to produce both Chrome and Chrome Free leather
  • Automotive lab facility – full release test capability
  • Certification:
    • ISO/TS 16949 Certification
    • ISO 14000 Environmental Certification

Mulheim, Germany
189,904 Sq. Ft. / 287 Employees

  • New Megastar and Topstar roller coaters
  • NMP free finishing system
  • Can finish with air/airless/air assist – unique Flexibility
  • Finishing capacity – 10,000 hides/week
  • Three quick change embossing stations
  • Development and design center HQ
  • Expert “master tanners” on site in both facilities
  • Automated chemical dispensing system
  • Full iron stain dose drums
  • Certification:
    • ISO/TS 16949
    • ISO 9001
    • ISO 14001

Dewas, India
83,754 Sq. Ft. / 370 Employees / Opened 2010

  • 50/50 JV established April ‘14 to support direct automotive customers in India and export business in SE Asia
  • TIL established in 1975 – largest tannery in India
  • Recognized for R&D and ECO focused leadership in India
  • Capacity for 12,000 hides/week
  • State-of-the-art new equipment – Retan Finishing
  • Current customers include Tata, Fiat, and Maruti Suzuki
  • Strong network for local hide sourcing
  • Certification:
    • TS16949 and BLC Gold