Germany's Bolta building $50 million plating plant in Alabama

By Michael Lauzon
Correspondent

Published: August 19, 2014 2:21 pm ET
Updated: August 19, 2014 2:25 pm ET

Image By: Purico Group Ltd. Bolta Werke GmbH makes chrome-plated plastics used in automotive badges and grilles.

Related to this story

Topics Automotive, Injection Molding, United States, Mexico, Europe

A German company is setting up a plastics chrome plating plant in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Bolta Werke GmbH said the facility will be its first in the United States for the Leinburg, Germany, firm.

Bolta first announced the project in September, when Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said the new plant could employ more than 350 by 2016. Production is scheduled to begin in 2015.

In the original announcement Bolta and sister company Purico Group estimated the Tuscaloosa project would represent a $39.5 million investment. A recent report stated the project will cost $50 million. Company officials declined to explain the discrepancy or provide further project details.

Bolta already runs a plastic chrome-plating joint venture operation in Puebla, Mexico, called Nicro Bolta. Bolta worldwide employs 950 and logs sales of about 125 million euros ($166 million) annually. It claims to be the largest company of its kind in the world, doing chrome and other metal plating on plastics as well as painting components. It is active in markets in North America, Europe and Asia.

The Tuscaloosa plant is poised to supply parts to nearby operations of Mercedes-Benz U.S. International in Vance, Ala., and a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tenn. It can also supply parts to Tier 1 auto parts companies in the region, including a Rehau injection molding plant in Cullman, Ala. Rehau is spending $115 million to expand in Cullman and is building technical center there.

Bolta broke ground on its Tuscaloosa factory on Aug. 7.

Bolta, founded in 1921, is owned by Purico Group Ltd. of Nottingham, England. Purico has interests in polymers, paper, construction and real estate.

In Europe Bolta claims its three plating lines give it the largest electroplating capacity on the continent. Its secondary services include tooling, hot stamping, electroplating, assembly and welding.

European molding is handled by 36 injection presses with clamping forces up to 1,500 tons. In addition to auto parts, Bolta’s plating work in Europe includes plumbing components.


Comments

Germany's Bolta building $50 million plating plant in Alabama

By Michael Lauzon
Correspondent

Published: August 19, 2014 2:21 pm ET
Updated: August 19, 2014 2:25 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Judge limits scope of jury verdict against JM Eagle

December 19, 2014 2:30 pm ET

A federal judge in Los Angeles said Dec. 18 that last year's jury verdict issued against J-M Manufacturing Co. — now JM Eagle — for...    More

Image

Jarden hiring for new plastics plant

December 19, 2014 1:45 pm ET

Consumer products conglomerate Jarden Corp. is hiring plastics technicians for a new operation in Erlanger, Ky.    More

Image

The return of HPM's big presses

December 19, 2014 11:47 am ET

HPM is back in big injection molding machines.    More

Image

Antimicrobial polymers firm TiFiber launching pilot production in Ark.

December 19, 2014 10:58 am ET

TiFiber Inc., which makes synthetic compounds to control dangerous microorganisms, will locate a pilot production facility and its future company...    More

Image

Spray PU foam aids in NASA launch

December 19, 2014 9:22 am ET

NASA's test of the Orion spacecraft earlier this month took advantage of spray polyurethane foam insulation from North Carolina Foam Industries (NCFI...    More

Market Reports

Flexible Packaging Trends in North America

Our latest RESEARCH report examines trends in FLEXIBLE PACKAGING impacting the North American market including a review of economic conditions, key drivers of growth, materials pricing, M&A activity, sustainability challenges and the outlook for 2015.

Learn more

Plastics in Brazil - State of the Industry Report

This in-depth report examines the Brazilian plastics industry from a historical and geographical context. Our analysts provide insight on economic trends and forecasts, growing manufacturing sectors that utilize plastics, private investment opportunities, market environment challenges, and innovations in R&D.

Data tables and charts on producer prices, trade, plastics production and end market indicators is also included.

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

Upcoming Plastics News Events

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

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

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

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

October 27, 2015 - October 29, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - New York - 2015

More Events