PITTSFIELD, MASS. — GE Plastics is establishing a commercial technology facility in Tijuana, Mexico, to serve firms and maquiladoras using the supplier's engineering thermoplastics in molding and assembly operations.
The regional center will showcase applications and technologies including, initially, one injection molding machine for training, troubleshooting and tool qualifications. The 4,000-square-foot facility has offices, a training site with capacity for 30 people and a high-bay equipment area.
Pittsfield-based GE Plastics will use the location for seminars on materials, processing and design techniques along with customer support and product information.
The firm's Western Region Technical Development Center in Pleasanton, Calif., and other Southern California resources will support the Tijuana facility, John Nero, regional technology manager, said in an interview.
The center aims to capture more Lexan polycarbonate business in Baja California Norte, a state that consumed about $7.7 billion in raw materials and components in 1996, the Mexican government said.
``A lot of Asian companies are building computer monitors [and we are] seeing more computer electronics applications'' using sophisticated polymers in Tijuana, Nero said.
Also as part of its regional initiative, GE will provide manufacturers with Spanish, English, Korean and Japanese versions of written technical information.