MEXICO CITY - Mexican automotive parts custom molder Ayareb SA de CV is riding high on increasing demand for domestically built export vehicle models. The 17-year-old company, based in Cuautitl n, Mexico, north of Mexico City, is about to take delivery of its fourth 3,000-ton injection press from U.S. supplier Cincinnati Milacron.
The third 3,000 tonner, also part of the two-press, $4 million Milacron order, arrived at the beginning of July.
The firm, according to president Jes£s Ayala, plans to install two more 3,000-ton presses by November. A decision is imminent on which of two suppliers will win the contract - Milacron or HPM Corp.
The presses are Ayareb's biggest injection molding machines and are required because of a boom in bumper production for new export models being turned out in Mexico by the big carmakers. The molder so far makes bumpers for Chrysler de Mexico SA de CV and Volkswagen de Mexico SA de CV.
Ayala said his company is located very close to the giant Ford plant in Cuautitl n.
``We're involved in some negotiations and we hope that we will get some business from them in a short time,'' he said.
Ayareb began by painting VW bumpers imported from Canada 21/2 years ago and later started molding and painting the parts in Mexico. The molder captured work from Chrysler last year for the 1995 Neon.
Ayareb also supplies bumpers for the Chrysler Stratus and is involved in the program for the firm's convertible for the U.S. market, known as the JX-27.
Ayareb also operates a selection of smaller injection presses, mostly from Cincinnati Milacron and HPM, with clamping forces of 300-2,000 tons.
The firm produces a variety of vehicle parts including bumpers, door panels, corner pillars, and consoles - interior and exterior parts, Ayala said. Parts other than bumpers go not only to Chrysler but also General Motors de Mexico SA de CV and Nissan Mexicana SA de CV.