DETROIT — Two plastic-parts engineering companies, one based in the United States, one in Germany, have formed an alliance.
PGK Engineering, a division of PGK Services Inc. of Troy, Mich., and Trimtec GmbH Autotechnik of Krefeld, Germany, will work together to offer design, engineering and development services worldwide.
The alliance will allow both firms to stretch their services around the globe, PGK President Patrick Kirby said March 1 during SAE '99 in Detroit. Both firms primarily work with carmakers and suppliers of automotive parts.
The alliance with Trimtec will give PGK its first presence in Europe, where Trimtec has offices in Billericay, England, and in Germany. The companies plan to share projects and services, including computer analysis, prototyping and modeling.
The venture involves about 450 employees, 300 at PGK and the rest at Trimtec. PGK recorded sales in 1998 of about $25 million. Trimtec's sales in 1998 were close to $20 million.
PGK continues to grow in many directions. Since its founding in 1997, the product development company has acquired a separate toolmaking company, Centennial Mold Inc. of Sterling Heights, Mich., and an aluminum-machining plant, Milford Manufacturing Corp. of Milford, Mich.