Anisuz Zaman intends to focus his new Tijuana, Mexico, plastics business on precision injection molding for electronics and medical markets.
``Very few people in Mexico can do precision molding,'' the owner and president of Apon Industries Corp. said in a telephone interview.
Zaman incorporated Apon Industries in Delaware in November and started molding operations at the maquiladora Industrias Apon SA de CV in a leased 10,000-square-foot facility in March. Apon's sales and accounting office is located in Chula Vista, Calif.
Apon employs nine and has nine presses with clamping forces of 50-200 tons. The units include six 1999- and 1998-model Toshibas and three 1998 TMCs, but the work load so far requires the use of only six machines.
During July, he plans to hire 10 additional workers for assembly work in conjunction with an order from Rain Bird Sprinkler Manufacturing Corp. of Glendora, Calif.
Apon has secured other jobs from Mexican operations connected with Pass and Seymour/Legrand of Syracuse, N.Y.; Leviton Manufacturing Co. Inc. of Little Neck, N.Y.; and KSC Industries Inc. of San Diego.
Zaman, a Bangladesh native, studied plastic injection molding and sheet metal forming in Japan under a scholarship beginning in 1985, and worked part-time at Nishiba Industries Corp. in Kiryu, Japan. Subsequently, he established and, as vice president, operated a Tijuana plant for owner and President Yoshiaki Nishiba until resigning to form Apon Industries.
His former employer started with nine machines in Tijuana in 1987. Nishiba now has 37 machines there, and Zaman said it is one of the largest custom molders in the area.