Aalbers improving work flow in Ontario, adding production in Mexico

By Rhoda Miel
News Editor

Published: June 12, 2014 4:11 pm ET
Updated: June 12, 2014 11:18 pm ET

Image By: Aalbers Tool & Mold Inc. Aalbers Tool & Mold Inc. added high speed machining and EDM centers and moved into bigger space in Oldcastle, Ontario, last year.

Related to this story

Topics Canada, Mexico, Automotive, Injection molds, Molds/Tooling

NOVI, MICH. — Injection mold toolmaker Aalbers Tool & Mold Inc. is expanding to Mexico with a new plant to set open in September in Querétaro.

The 10,000-square-foot facility will begin with maintenance work for existing customers, but add more capabilities once it is fully established, said owner and CEO Gary Aalbers during a June 11 interview at Amerimold in Novi.

Oldcastle, Ontario-based Aalbers Tools has been hearing from its automotive customers about the need for more mold makers in Mexico, especially with carmakers building new assembly plants in the region.

Having a location in Querétaro will make it possible for Aalbers to do quick turnaround on maintenance and repairs by the end of the year, something it now must either ship to Oldcastle to complete or rely on relations with other toolmakers to provide service.

The plant will be the first for Aalbers Tool outside of Ontario. Last year, the company moved to new facilities covering 100,000 square feet in Oldcastle from a previous nearby location that divided the company between four buildings. The new space provides it with better work flow and faster production, he said. It also added new high-speed machining and EDM centers.

Aalbers started the business in 1982, in the corner of a rented shop. It now has 150 employees in addition to capabilities in lights out production.

In Mexico, construction is still under way at the new plant. A core group of employees from Ontario will help to launch manufacturing and mentor new employees, Aalbers said.

“From what they tell us, there are a lot of dedicated workers there and engineers, but not necessarily [people already] trained in toolmaking,” he said. “Starting down there with maintenance will give us a great chance to train these guys because when you’re maintaining a tool, you take it all apart so you know every piece of it and what needs to be done.”

He expects it will take workers about a month to get equipment set up at the new site.


Comments

Aalbers improving work flow in Ontario, adding production in Mexico

By Rhoda Miel
News Editor

Published: June 12, 2014 4:11 pm ET
Updated: June 12, 2014 11:18 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Plasan investing in capacity, jobs to supply auto market with carbon fiber

September 19, 2014 3:05 pm ET

Growth in the emerging automotive market for carbon-fiber composites has spurred a $29 million investment in a Walker, Mich., factory    More

Image

Hong Kong's TK eyes expansion, may buy Nypro Tool operation

September 19, 2014 2:49 pm ET

Hong Kong-based mold maker and plastics processor TK Group (Holdings) Ltd. said it's reached a tentative agreement to buy a tooling factory in...    More

Image

Toyoda Gosei expanding in Mexico

September 19, 2014 2:33 pm ET

Toyoda Gosei North America Corp. is investing $67 million in a 398,000-square-foot plant in central Mexico to supply the automotive industry with...    More

Exo-s buys injection and blow molder in Mexico, expands footprint

September 19, 2014 2:15 pm ET

Custom molder Exo-s Inc. has bought an injection and blow molding operation in San Juan del Rio, Querétaro, Mexico.    More

Image

Smartphone work adds 52 percent to sales for China's Eva Precision

September 18, 2014 4:37 pm ET

Growth in supplying the smartphone and automotive industries helped Chinese processor Eva Precision Holdings Ltd. push injection molding sales up 52 p...    More

Market Reports

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Shale Gas Market - Analysis of North American Region

This report highlights the impact of shale-based natural gas on the North American plastics market and features an in-depth analysis of production trends in the United States during 2013 and a forecast for 2014 and beyond.

Learn more

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook – North America

This in-depth report analyzes economic and market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as growth strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events