MEXICO CITY - A French injection molder of caps and jars for the cosmetic industry has invested US$3 million to set up a plant in Mexico, primarily to serve its international clientele in the United States. Last year Ceica, part of the Annecy, France-based industrial Groupe PSB Industries SA, established Ceica Pl sticos de Mexico SA de CV. Its leased 34,560-square-foot injection plant in Toluca, west of Mexico City, began operating at the end of May.
The Mexican firm already has installed three new Nissei and two new Sandretto injection presses -the first wave of nine machines to be housed in the plant. It will add three more used Nissei presses by the end of June, with another new press later in the year, said CPM sales manager Jean-Yves Lafourcade.
The Nissei presses in the line will range from 135-260 tons of clamping force and the Sandret-tos are 135-180 tonners. CPM molds primarily polypropylene, but also products in polystyrene, polyethylene and engineering resins such as styrene acrylonitrile.
The company plans to install a second, similar nine-press line at the Toluca plant in 1997.
CPM specializes in added-value products and also is equipped with a cap lining, hot stamping and tampographic printing equipment. The firm expects to begin molding jars in July on the arrival of a Ceica-designed mold from its parent company.
The Mexican plant already has attracted orders from two of its parent's clients - L'Oreal and Nivea producer Beiersdorf, according to Lafourcade. He said the subsidiary expects in the first year to divide its sales 70 percent to export markets, and the rest in Mexico. Ceica has opened a sales office in New York.
He said the domestic market, since the peso devaluation crisis, has been poor and now is extremely competitive. The main aim of setting up in Mexico was to take advantage of lower production costs in a base in the North American Free Trade Agreement region, Lafourcade said.
Ceica in France is ISO 9001 certified. Lafourcade said he expects CPM to achieve the production equivalent of ISO 9002 by next year.
Other injection molding operations run by Ceica in France include Ceica Gateau SA in Brion, serving the cosmetic industry; CMSI SA, a perfume packaging molder at Attignat; and SR2P SA, also at Brion, which molds auto parts.
Ceica achieved sales in 1995 of $32 million, while its parent PSB Industries reported $120 million for the same year.