SAO JOSE DOS PINHAIS, BRAZIL — Peguform do Brasil Ltda. of Sao Jose dos Pinhais has the largest facility at VW/Audi's supplier park, and performs injection molding and painting.
The paint line was launched in February at the $40 million, 208,000-square-foot unit, and injection molding machinery has been running since mid-April.
Peguform do Brasil is an affiliate of Peguform GmbH of Botzingen, Germany. It was created to serve VW/Audi's new assembly line and the Brazilian subsidiary of Renault SA, which was launched in the same town last year.
``The plant's capacity will be occupied 70 percent by VW/Audi and 30 percent by Renault, working under just-in-time and just-in-sequence systems,'' said General Manager Jose Calabuig.
Peguform paints exterior body components, such as mirror casings, side trimmings and door handles supplied by third parties, for the VW Golf and Audi A3 models.
The firm also molds and paints polypropylene bumpers and spoilers, ABS radiator grills and other components for those models.
``The automaker's intention is to concentrate the painting of parts with a single supplier, in order to ensure uniform color matching for cars,'' said commercial manager Jorge Pereda.
Later this year, the unit will start molding bumpers and fenders made of GE Plastics' Noryl GTX polyphenylene oxide for the Renault Megane Scenic model, as well as different bumpers for the Renault Clio line.
Peguform's facility has two Italtech presses with clamping forces of 1,600 and 3,000 tons. In August, the firm expects to receive a third Italtech injection molding machine of 2,250 tons that will produce fenders for the Megane Scenic.
The Durr painting equipment is designed for use with water.
``It's currently working with solvent, but by next year we will already be using water,'' Pereda said.
Peguform's Brazil plant employs 50 and is designed for 160 workers at full capacity.