Industrias Tajo SA of Oiartzun, Spain, is building a plant in Wroclaw, Poland, to supply parts for a new venture being set up by appliance maker Fagor S. Coop. Ltda. of MadragÃ³n, Spain.
``Fagor was looking for a local plastics component supplier in Poland, but could not find a suitable one. We have been serving them for a long time, so they wanted to form a supply partnership there,'' said Jesus Maria Garikano, Tajo's research and development manager.
The new facility will employ 20 and is to start production next year. Tajo is investing 4 million euros ($3.7 million) in the project, which will start with four injection molding machines with 550-1,320 tons of clamping force. One larger press is needed because Tajo will produce rotating drums for washing machines, Garikano said.
This is the first foreign venture for Tajo, which also supplies the automotive industry. The company posted 2001 sales of 23 million euros ($21 million), a 45 percent increase since 1995. Tajo predicts a 12 percent increase in sales for 2002.
The company, part of MondragÃ³n Corporaci¢n Cooperativa, one of Spain's largest industrial groups, operates plants in Lezo, Oiartzun, Manchalan and Taragona, Spain. It employs 250 and runs 50 injection molding machines, including 18 Battenfeld presses.
In January, as a result of increasing automotive business and space problems in Oiartzun, Tajo transferred auto-parts work from its headquarters operation to the company's newest plant in nearby Lezo.
``We separated the work because we realized the automotive market has its own features, so requirements are totally different. In serving the automotive sector, it is highly competitive and there is a need for high quality and close customer contact,'' Garikano said.
The 27,000-square-foot Lezo plant employs 60 and operates 12 presses. Tajo molds components for seats, dashboard panels, trim and storage pockets there and in Taragona.