LEOMINSTER, MASS. — Custom injection molder Nypro Inc. plans to put its next plant in Mexico, and probably follow that with a facility in the Philippines.
The Clinton, Mass.-based company still is scouting locations in Mexico, but has a customer that wants Nypro to be near Reynosa, said President Gordon Lankton.
Nypro wants the Mexico facility running by April 1.
``It's definite that we will have an operation,'' Lankton said. ``I'm not saying we won't buy something'' rather than build a new plant.
Nypro also is not sure if it will have a local partner, as the firm favors, or go in with a 100 percent Nypro-owned molding plant, Lankton said. He spoke during an interview at the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.'s International Trade Advisory Committee meeting, May 12-13 in Leominster.
The plant probably will be about 30,000 square feet, and should have a dozen injection molding machines with clamping forces of 100-350 tons, he said. The facility will be Nypro's first Mexico molding plant. The firm has one assembly plant in Mexico, in Tijuana.
Nypro also has an undisclosed customer that wants the molder to add a plant in the Philippines, Lankton said. Details on that plant are much less certain, but the company wants to be there in two years, he said.
``It looks like it will become a reality,'' Lankton said.
Nypro currently does not plan to build any more plants in the United States, but still plans another molding plant in China, in Shanghai — after Mexico and the Philippines, Lankton said.
Nypro also plans to turn its Singapore operations into a technical center for Southeast Asia, he said.
While at the SPI event, Lankton was named ITAC's International Businessperson of the Year.
``Through his innovative leadership, he has made Nypro a role model for the industry and an example of how an international expansion can contribute to a company's success,'' said Lori Anderson, SPI director of economic and international trade issues.
Nypro has 24 molding locations worldwide, and employs about 40 percent of its 5,500 workers outside the United States.
Nypro ranked eighth in Plastics News' 1999 ranking of North American injection molders, with $389.3 million in sales. The company has about $500 million in worldwide sales.