Sekisui Plastics USA, a subsidiary of Sekisui Plastics Company, Ltd. (Osaka, Japan; www.sekisuiplastics.com) has announced the establishment of a new corporation in Mexico, Sekisui Plastics Mexico, S.A. de C.V., and the opening of its new $7 million manufacturing facility in the city of Valle de Santiago, Mexico. The plant, which came online in July, has a molding capacity of approximately 60 metric tons (m.t.) per month with room for future growth. It will initially products molded mainly from Piocelan hybrid moldable foam resin that are used in automotive applications for energy absorption, light weighting and safety, as well as packaging products for auto parts shipment. It will also produce packaging materials and systems for a variety of industrial and consumer applications.
“This new company headquarters and manufacturing plant in Valle de Santiago gives us the molding capacity we need for our expanding customer base,” said Thomas Pontiff, President, Sekisui Plastics USA and Sekisui Plastics Mexico. “It puts us in closer proximity to both our current and targeted OEM customers who require just-in-time (JIT) delivery.”
The 61,000 square foot facility houses administration, customer service, and sale functions according to Alfonso Escobedo, General Director, Sekisui Plastics Mexico. “In the near future we anticipate having technical service, prototyping, tool manufacturing, and raw material production.”
“Sekisui Plastics chose to locate its 6-acre plant in Valle de Santiago because it has a good, stable workforce and one that has ready access to shipment via major highways as well as customers and prospects,” said Pontiff. The new facility will create around 80 area jobs.
Source: Chemical Engineering