Automotive parts supplier Inergy Automotive Systems, a subsidiary of Plastic Omnium which produces automotive fuel tanks and systems, has officially launched its new fuel tank production plant in Detroit, US this week.

Located in the suburb of New Boston, the $110m plant, which employs extrusion blow moulding technology, will produce around 1.5m plastic fuel tanks a year for carmakers including Ford. It will provide 400 jobs to the Wayne County area. 

Created in 2000, Inergy Automotive was taken over by Plastic Omnium in 2010, and last year the integrated groups built four new plants, including the Detroit facility. The remaining three were opened in Brazil, Russia, and Mexico, indicating its commitment to expanding global operations in growth markets. 

The company is closing down its existing fuel systems plant in Milan, Michigan, which it acquired from Ford in 2011, and is transferring that business to the New Boston plant.

That Milan plant was a former Visteon facility that Ford bought from the supplier in 2005 and then sold to Inergy in 2011.