Recaro more than doubles US production plant

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German seat manufacturer Recaro has opened the extension to its US facility as part of the firm's plans to grow revenue by around 65% over the next five years.

The plant in Fort Worth, which was opened in 1998 and employs around 350 staff members, has more than doubled in size to 23,000m² (247,500ft²) over the past year.

Its annual production volume is to grow from 20,000 seats in 2012 to 29,000 in 2013 and around 40,000 in the coming years, says Recaro.

While the Texan site manufactures both economy- and business-class seats, the bulk of the production comprises coach-class seats for customers in North and South America.

Mark Hillier, chief executive of Recaro's aircraft seating division, says that the US site plays a central role in the company's growth plans due to its proximity to Boeing final assembly lines, Airbus's planned A320 assembly line in Mobile, Alabama, and some of the world's largest airlines.

The seat manufacturer aims to increase its annual revenues from €304 million ($407 million) in 2011 to around €500 million in 2017. The total workforce is set to grow from 1,600 employees to 2,200.

Last year, the company expanded its headquarters in Schwäbisch Hall and production plant in Swiebodzin, Poland, while a Chinese facility that is currently under construction in Qingdao is due to start operating later this year.