TORONTO - Arrow Canada Ltd. is expanding injection molding and painting capacity to supply new Cadillac parts contracts scheduled to begin next year. Arrow plans to buy two 3,000-ton injection presses for its Leamington, Ontario, operation, according to Don Reid, the facility's plant manager. He said the firm expects to choose a supplier by the end of the year. The presses likely will cost about $1.5 million each. Arrow now runs two Toshiba 3,000-tonners at Leamington, where it has 16 presses, several of them 1,000-tonners or bigger. Each press has a Conair Martin robot and quick mold change system. Leamington has a mixture of Kawaguchi, Toshiba and Ube presses.
Reid said Arrow will boost capacity for its two paint lines by adding new ovens, robots and other equipment at a cost of about C$1.7 million (US$1.3 million). It upgraded painting equipment and sped up the conveyor of one line earlier this year.
Arrow is spending another C$700,000 (US$522,000) to add 31,000 square feet of warehousing and oven space at its 160,500-square-foot Leamington plant.
Reid said Arrow will use gas-assisted molding extensively for the new Cadillac contracts. It now molds about 750,000 parts per year using gas-assist methods, mainly for Volkswagen plants in Mexico. The Cadillac parts will have gas channels as long as 79 inches. Arrow is a licensee of Cinpres Ltd.'s gas assist technology.
Next June, Arrow will begin molding and painting front and rear fascias and license plate brackets for General Motors Corp.'s Cadillac K Special plat-form. It landed 1996 model year orders for 139,000 fascias and 156,000 plate brackets. A year later it will begin molding about 213,000 parts for the the S5S Seville, including fascias, grilles, plate covers and rear door body sides.
Reid did not disclose the contracts' value.
The Leamington plant also molds and paints parts for Ford's Thunderbird and Cougar cars and GM's Buick models.
Arrow Molded Plastics Inc. of Troy, Mich., bought the Leamington operation in late 1993 after its former owner, Knapp Plastics L.P., went into receivership earlier in the year. Arrow is a subsidiary of LDM Technologies of Troy, which had custom injection molding sales of $350 million for the year ended Sept. 30, 1994, making it the fifth-largest custom molder in Plastics News' April ranking of injection molders. The Leamington facility employs about 300.