Custom injection molder Injectronics Inc. of Clinton, Mass., is bulking up its capacity in the automotive business by adding nine new Nissei injection presses in 1995, in a nine-month, $2.5 million expansion. With major customers Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Corp., Injectronics' expansion in the automotive field has been dramatic.
The company added three molding machines in 1993. The current expansion will bring its total number of presses to 40, increasing its molding capability by 30 percent in two years, said Paul Nazzaro, vice president for operations.
Injectronics nearly doubled its sales in four years to $24.5 million in 1994. Nazzaro expects sales of $30 million by the end of 1996. The 53-year-old company is privately held by Carlos Baranano of Natick, Mass.
Four new 500-ton machines, plus a new 300-tonner, are destined for the firm's 40,000-square-foot facility in Burlington, N.C., where it produces a mix of automotive interior components for 10 Ford vehicle platforms. Originally opened in 1980, the plant will have 16 presses by year-end. Its largest presses, including 1,000-ton and 700-ton models, are located there. The plant, which now employs 80, will add 10-20 workers when full production begins this fall or in early 1996.
Products currently made at the Burlington plant include Injectronics-designed interior side shields and scuff plates for the popular Ford Explorer and a polypropylene steering column shroud for the Ford F-Series truck. In development are glass-and mineral-filled polyester engine covers for the F-150 series pickup truck.
On Jan. 3 the company installed a 120-ton, a 200-ton and two 500-ton presses at its 70,000-square-foot headquarters plant in Clinton, which produces heater duct parts and other under-dash components for 12 Chrysler vehicle platforms, including the Neon, Cirrus, Stratus, New Yorker, and cab-forward-design sedans.
Parts also are being developed for the newly designed Chrysler minivan and the newest model of the Cherokee sport/utility truck. Nazzaro said the Clinton plant employees number ``in the low 90s,'' but the plant will employ more than 100 when Chrysler launches its new minivan.
With nine new machines, all the available floor space in both facilities will be used up.
``The next expansion will be bricks and mortar,'' he said.
The company also will add automotive design personnel. He said the one-engineer design shop in Troy, Mich., has expanded to three engineers, with another to be added in the coming year. Bringing more design work in-house is part of the mission of the Troy office, with the company also planning to expand its design software applications, he said.