Newly formed joint venture Bebusch Technologies LLC is beginning production of engineered plastic parts in Michigan and scouting sites for a facility to be built in the year 2000.
A subsidiary of Bebusch GmbH of Haslach, Germany, and 21st Century Plastics Corp. of Potterville, Mich., formed the venture in mid-March, mostly to supply insert molded electrical switch components, connectors and sensors to Tier 1 domestic automotive suppliers. German technology is being transferred to the venture.
Bebusch has supplied small parts to the North American market from its German operations and decided to establish a U.S. plant, Richard Winfree, president of subsidiary Bebusch North America Inc. of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., said by telephone. Currently, Bebusch Technologies has three parts in production on existing equipment in the United States.
The venture took delivery in mid-April of a 70-ton Cincinnati Milacron injection press, and expects to buy a similar machine in 1999. The equipment will operate at 21st Century's facility until Bebusch Technologies builds its own plant, which is projected to employ 50-70 and occupy 30,000 square feet. A site-selection study is under way, focusing on Michigan and other Midwest locations.
21st Century Plastics was formed in 1988, employs about 50 and operates 12 injection molding presses with clamping forces of 40-400 tons, said Gordon Wright, president. The existing, 30,000-square-foot plant in Potterville makes parts principally for the automotive industry.