TORONTO - ABC Group is expanding its injection, blow molding and mold-making operations to meet sales growth that has averaged about 30 percent annually for the past three years. The Toronto firm has formed two subsidiaries to expand production of blow molded automo-bile parts. It also is expanding its operations in Mexico and Spain.
This month ABC will install a 2,500-ton injection molding machine in its MSB Plastics Manufacturing Ltd. facility in Toronto to make automobile instrument panels. MSB's largest previous press was 1,000 tons, said Paul Heath, ABC's senior industrial designer.
MSB also uses thermoforming and flexible foam molding to make instrument panels, air bag doors, exterior mirror and interior trim components.
Blow molding, however, is ABC Group's largest business, and the company is taking advantage of its technological edge to expand in that area.
Recently, a new Toronto-based subsidiary, ABC Multi-Flex Plastics Inc., began production of air intake ducts for undisclosed
1995 model cars. The unit uses a proprietary coextrusion blow molding process to make parts with flexible/rigid/flexible construction.
The company also is preparing to begin production of air intake components at another Toronto subsidiary, ABC Group Air Management Systems Inc. The unit will make blow molded components for 1996 model-year cars.
ABC officials declined to disclose costs and other details of these and other expansion programs.
Other units scheduled for expansion include:
Earlier this year, ABC Group's product development unit, based in Brampton, Ontario, added a second plant, in Toronto, capable of production blow molding.
ABC recently formed Supreme Mould Ltd. in Toronto to make blow and injection molding tooling using computer-assisted design and manufacturing. The new operation adds to Supreme Tooling Group's capacity. Early this year it acquired a partner's interest in toolmaker Weber Pattern and Machine Inc. of Fremont, Ind.
An expansion of ABC's Mexico facility is nearly complete. The project, reported a year ago, quadruples manufacturing space and expands blow and injection molding capacity in San Juan del Rio. The wholly owned ABC subsidiary recently changed its name to Grupo ABC de Mexico SA de CV from ABC Plastiespuma SA de CV.
ABC Plasticos Spain SA, a wholly owned subsidiary, is tripling its manufacturing space in Soria, Spain, for blow molding of constant-velocity joint boots and air management components.
Heath said ABC Group has 27 manufacturing facilities, two licensee plants and six sales offices worldwide. ABC Group reported sales of US$183.1 million for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1993, including US$160.7 million in North American blow molding sales.