Brampton, Ontario-based BJB Polymer Systems Ltd. plans to expand its facilities and add a plant in Mexico during the third quarter. BJB, a PVC profile extruder that mainly serves the automotive industry, will invest around US$2 million on all projects.
The company's Ixtapaluca, Mexico, plant, which has three extrusion lines, will add two more lines. The 30,000-square-foot facility also injection molds parts for the automotive industry from PVC. The firm has two 120-ton injection presses and 50 employees.
Some of those 50 employees will be moved to a new, highly automated plant in Saltillo, Mexico. BJB President Robert Gregory said the company is following General Motors Corp. to that location. The 10,000-square-foot plant will have two extrusion lines and two injection molding presses. The presses will have clamping forces of 400 tons.
``The business that slacked in Mexico through 1995 is picking up again,'' Gregory said. ``We want to be in position to support the automotive industry there.''
Beginning in 1997, BJB plans to investigate opening a plant in the southern United States.
BJB serves Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., GM and Chrysler Corp., and soon may sign a contract with Volkswagen AG. Besides the automotive industry, BJB serves the weatherstrip, industrial, furniture and furnishings and refrigeration industries.
The 20,000-square-foot Bramp-ton plant will add two extrusion lines to its current five lines. Some 20 people are employed there.
Gregory said the company hopes to be QS9000 certified by the end of the year.