When it left the Rio-São Paulo axis and settled in Bahia, Ford broke the paradigm of the regional concentration of the automotive industry in the country. The complex represented an unprecedented transfer of technology to the region, promoted the insertion of Bahia as a player in the market automotive industry and attracted, by synergy, other companies in the sector - such as the tire industries. In 2017, Ford celebrated the milestone of 3 million vehicles manufactured in Camaçari, a historical fact that consecrates the complex as one of the most modern and productive in the world. We believe that the success of Ford's operations in Camaçari is the greatest incentive for attracting new investments and developing local suppliers.
Tecsis is one of the world leaders in the production of wind turbine blades and has chosen Bahia to be a new expansion hub for its production. We chose this site for our new unit due to its proximity to the country’s main wind energy projects and easy access to two important ports (Aratu and Salvador). The Bahia plant will meet the growing demand of the Brazilian market, but in the future, it will also support Tecsis São Paulo units in additional export demands. The support provided by the Bahia State Government and the Camaçari City Hall have been important for the project, especially in terms of workforce training. In this first phase, we will have almost 1,000 employees but we expect to triple this contingent over the next two years, depending on the growth of the Brazilian wind energy market.