A recently completed $25 million injection molding plant in El Dorado Hills, Calif., that makes cases for compact discs will reach full production next month. California Precision Molding, a division of Atlanta Precision Molding Co. Ltd., broke ground last August for its 65,000-square-foot plant. The facility is on 12 acres of a 30-acre parcel.
CPM injection molds packaging for compact discs and other related products. The jewel cases are made from crystal and high-impact polystyrene with masterbatches and small amounts of regrind material.
In March, installation of machinery and equipment in the production hall began and now is completed. The company also has moved into its administrative offices.
Using automation and robotics, CPM employs about 35.
Now in the first phase, CPM expects to be at full capacity this month, producing 150 million sets per year.
Andrew Falcon, vice president and plant manager, said the plant also has expansion capacity for an additional 50 million sets per year.
``Our expansion plans hinge in particular upon sales in the West Coast, but also on growing export business to Japan,'' Falcon said. ``If our production and sales forcasts are as we currently predict them to be, it will be likely that further expansion beyond 200 million-set-per-year capacity will be required.''
Though CPM's primary focus is on CD-related packaging, it also will serve major record labels, such as Sony and Warner Bros., and target the CD-ROM industry. Falcon said a major factor in CPM's location in Northern California was to establish connections in the growing CD-ROM market in Silicon Valley.
Phase two involves expanding to about 130,000 square feet in the next two to three years.
``The ability to expand depends in large part on market growth and on our ability to provide the highest quality product, the most flexible and responsive service and the most competitive pricing,'' Falcon said.
Precision Group, which in-cludes the sister firm Europe Precision Molding in the Nether-lands, is looking for new products and opportunities in the music and data fields as well as in the digital video market.