ElringKlinger was able to benefit in Canada from the experience it had gained in developing the production line in China. “We worked very closely with the project management team in Dettingen, our Chinese colleagues, and our customer, which enabled us to achieve start of production five months earlier than originally planned,” says Thomas Bächle, Plant Manager in Leamington. Bächle and his team first adapted an unused part of the building, covering 2,000 square meters, where cylinder-head gaskets used to be produced. Then they installed the individual parts of the plant: the forming tools developed by tooling specialist Hummel, a subsidiary of ElringKlinger, as well as injection-molding machinery and robots delivered by an Austrian supplier. The assembly cells, where the hybrid parts are finished after being shaped, also play an important role in the process.