The world's growing love affair with the mobile phone is prompting Pressac plc to build a 20 million ($32 million) injection molding plant in Scotland solely for that market. Pressac's John McGavigan Ltd. subsidiary is building the 110,000-square-foot facility in Bishopbriggs, Scotland, near Glasgow. It will mold polycarbonate phone components, including key caps and front and back covers.
The plant will employ 400 and will start production in August, according to Derby, England-based Pressac. The plant will start with 17 presses, mainly Demag machines from McGavigan's nearby Kirkintilloch operations. But the facility also will get 12 new machines, according to Harry Gordon, the firm's operations director.
McGavigan has four plants in Kirkintilloch, but has been overwhelmed by a rush of orders from manufacturers including Nokia, Ericsson and Motorola, Gordon said.
"It is the growth of the mobile phone industry that has caused congestion at the old factory," he said in a telephone interview. "We already have four plants at the old factory and could not expand further there. We needed an extra facility just for mobile phone work."
Gordon added that global demand for mobile phones reached 230 million units last year and is set to reach 1 billion by 2003.
McGavigan's Kirkintilloch operations mold components with in-mold decorations for automotive and telecommunications customers. The plants have a total of 30 presses, with clamping forces of 55-275 tons, including Demag and Battenfeld machines.
McGavigan's automotive products include heater controls and speedometer components. Other Pressac products include switching devices, voltage regulators, instrument cluster graphics, pressure-sensitive horn switches, engine-management subsystems and heating elements for wing mirrors.
Pressac has plants across Europe, in North Africa, North and South America and Asia.
Its U.S. operations, which make auto parts, are Kaumagraph Flint Corp. of Millington, Mich., and Pressac Inc. of Cullman, Ala.