Microdyne Plastics Inc. expects by the end of April to be operating five injection molding presses at its maquiladora Primatec SA de CV in northern Mexico.
Microdyne moved the equipment from its headquarters plant in Ontario, Calif., to Primatec's expandable, 17,000-square-foot facility employing 29 in a Tecate, Mexico, industrial park. The units include a 55-ton Van Dorn Demag and four Kawaguchis, two each of 125 and 200 tons.
With the new Tecate capability, the firm will ship smaller parts to Tijuana, Mexico, to three consumer electronics original equipment manufacturers it has been doing business with for four years, Duane Brown, Microdyne vice president and sales manager, said in an interview. The firm plans to transfer work on more labor-intensive products to Tecate from Ontario.
Beginning in late 1994, a Tecate shelter operator shared space with Microdyne, enabling the California firm to establish a presence in Mexico. In 1996, Microdyne opened Primatec for high-volume, light assembly for OEMs.
Partially to replace the relocated units, Microdyne has ordered
three new 180-ton Goldstar injection molding machines for use in its 33,000-square-foot Ontario plant. The site employs 90, including molders and mold makers, and now operates 45 machines in the 15- to 310-ton range.
In March, the firm moved its Ontario extrusion blow molding operation out of a 22,000-square-foot building that had changed ownership, ending extremely favorable lease terms. The operation, which employs about 35, relocated to a 32,000-square-foot plant, also in Ontario.
Family-owned and operated Microdyne was formed in 1975. For the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, the firm had sales of $11.2 million including $7.4 million from injection molding. Brown has forecast overall sales of about $12.5 million for the current fiscal year.
Microdyne historically has focused on high-precision, high-volume jobs, but in recent years has added consumer products. Now, the firm supplies electronics, automotive, medical, dental and orthodontic markets.