About us – KSM Castings USA, Inc
KSM Castings Group is a development partner and manufacturer of lightweight cast components for the automotive industry. With headquarters located in Germany and further plants in Germany, Czech Republic, China, and the United States, KSM employs more than 3,600 people worldwide.
What does KSM US manufacture?
KSM parent company CITIC Dicastal Co. Ltd., relies on global growth and development in new markets; with that in mind a new production site in Shelby, NC was launched. The $55 million project included a 120,000 sq. ft. building with six die casting machines. These machines include 750 ton machines, 900 ton machine, 1350 tons, and 3000 ton machines. These machines, in addition to the machining lines, will support the production of aluminum product solutions for the automotive industry. Construction was completed in May 2014. And produced its first component within 90-days of facility completion.
The same year, KSM Shelby received the “Industry of the Year” award from the Cleveland County Chamber of Commerce.
KSM currently produces transmission housings for multi-speed automatic transmissions as well as internal transmission components. All parts are manufactured in a high-pressure die casting process. KSM uses highly automated processes involving melting aluminum, casting, cooling, deburring, machining, to generate best possible products. Each part must pass industry standards for quality and cleanliness before it can be sent to our customer‘s production line. Once parts are washed and tested for leakage and flow-through, they are ready for assembly at the customer.
KSM leadership understands that future automotive technology will remain focused on energy efficiency and the installing of lighter components in vehicles. Consequently, the Shelby NC location broke ground on a Counter Pressure Casting (CPC) facility in the middle of 2016. This facility will produce chassis components for a major German OEM in 2018. When these two expansions are completed, KSM will employ approximately 300 employees at its Shelby site.