Syntech Development and Manufacturing Inc. in Chino, Calif., is adding two injection molding machines and plans to convert an existing press to metal injection molding.
SDM is buying used presses with 55 and 230 tons of clamping force and expects to have them operating by late August. It now runs four machines of 35-150 tons.
``Our capacity is running short, and we've projected 25 percent growth this year,'' President Bob Hobbs said at Mexport 2002 in San Diego. The company had 2001 sales of $980,000.
The firm is seeing demand for spa products and neurosurgical tools. The latter are produced in a Class 10,000 clean room.
SDM molds parts for a laser-guided golf-swing trainer and a neurosurgical clip gun and ships the components to Tijuana, Mexico, for assembly. ``Both customers did not want their molds in Mexico [but] didn't mind assembly down there,'' Hobbs said. The company has an affiliate in Mexico that does vacuum forming.
The company will convert an 80-ton Boy to metal injection molding next year. There is a big market for close-tolerance molding to replace die-cast parts, Hobbs said. Metal molding uses the same type of molds.
SDM began as a tool shop in 1996, added molding capability in 1998. It employs 25, including four toolmakers, in 11,000 square feet of space. It has added four workers this year and plans to add another, Hobbs said.