Personal watercraft firm invests in composite technology in Mexico

By Stephen Downer
Correspondent

Published: November 19, 2013 6:08 pm ET
Updated: November 19, 2013 6:15 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Mexico, Marine, Composites

QUERETARO, MEXICO — Canada’s BRP Inc. is developing new composite technology for fiberglass hulls and decks for its Sea-Doo personal watercraft (PWC) in Mexico.

The technology is used at BRP’s Querétaro facility, which started operations in November 2012, and in which BRP said this month it is investing $95.8 million over several years.

The global power sports vehicle manufacturer began manufacturing the 2014 model Sea-Doo Spark PWC in Querétaro in August. By 2015 it will have transferred production of the entire Sea-Doo line-up to the central Mexico industrial city from its home base in Valcourt, Quebec, Thomas Wieners, BRP’s Querétaro plant director, told Plastics News via email on Nov. 18.

Wieners did not elaborate on the new composite technology being used by BRP, saying only that “we have a composite closed-mold injection process to manufacture hulls and decks for our PWC.”

Neither would he discuss the projected value in dollars of the Querétaro plant’s annual output.

The company’s fiberglass manufacturing in Querétaro is housed in an 85,000-square-foot building, which is separate from the main 500,000-square-foot manufacturing plant.

The Rotax engines which BRP began producing in Querétaro in 2012 were assembled previously at its Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, plant. The Juarez facility today concentrates solely on assembling all of BRP’s Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles.

The Querétaro complex employs 640, a figure expected to increase to 1,100 by September 2014, according to Wieners.

BRP sells its vehicles in 105 countries. In addition to Sea-Doo, Can-Am and Rotax, its brands include Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Can-Am Spyder roadsters and Evinrude outboard motors. It employs about 6,800 people worldwide.

“Mexico is a competitive global product delivery hub for BRP,” José Boisjoli, president and CEO, said in a news release this month in which he also praised the qualities of the local work force.

‘‘We believe that through a combination of Mexico’s outward-looking trade strategy, based on its diversified network of trade agreements, and BRP’s export business model, we can compete more effectively in various markets and continue to grow our volumes.”

BRP opened its first manufacturing facility in Mexico, in Ciudad Juárez, in 2001. The Juárez plant employs 1,250.


Comments

Personal watercraft firm invests in composite technology in Mexico

By Stephen Downer
Correspondent

Published: November 19, 2013 6:08 pm ET
Updated: November 19, 2013 6:15 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Leader calls on Mexico’s plastics industry to spend more to defend plastics

February 24, 2015 6:13 pm ET

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s plastics industry must spend more on recycling, advertising and lobbying to stave off anti-plastics legislation, a ...    More

Market Reports

Flexible Packaging Trends in North America

North America represents about 30 percent of the global consumption of flexible packaging. Annual growth in this region is forecast at 4 percent during the next 5 years.

For more insight on growth opportunities, drivers of growth and the outlook for 2015, download this report.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Plastics in Mexico - State of the Industry Report

This report analyzes the $20 billion plastics industry in Mexico including sales of machinery & equipment, resins and finished products.

Our analysts provide insight on business trends, foreign investment, top end markets and plastics processing activity. The report also provides important data on exports, production, employment and value of plastics products manufactured.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events