Molding operations have begun at SPM Inc.'s newest production facility, its 14th. SPM/Monterrey of Monterrey, Mexico, recently opened with 20 injection presses, 15 new Van Dorn Demags and five Toshiba presses moved from other SPM plants. The machines have clamping forces of 85-400 tons.
The unit employs 50 and is headed by plant manager Ricardo Martinez. The $6 million, 60,000-square-foot plant is the first project jointly planned and executed by SPM since it was purchased by Dynacast Inc. in March.
Larry Noggle, SPM executive vice president, said the site was chosen because of its proximity to a large Northern Telecom assembly plant.
Molding work for Northern Telecom at the Monterrey plant is being moved in phases from SPM's Portland, Ore., facility. Noggle said about one-third of that molding work is now in Monterrey, with the remaining work to be moved as scheduling permits.
SPM also invested $250,000 in mold-making equipment for repair and maintenance in Monterrey, he said.
Noggle said the firm plans to add one Pro/Engineer computer-aided-design/manufacturing station early next year. He said there is room for an additional 10 presses, and the size of the plant can be doubled by expanding in 20,000-square-foot sections.
He said SPM will expand as it increases its customer base in the area and as demand dictates. SPM was 15th in Plastics News' 1995 ranking of North American injection molders, with sales of $177.5 million.