Carclo Technical Plastics will set up a second custom injection molding facility in the Czech Republic to tap growing local demand for components, especially from the automotive industry.
CTP, the plastics division of engineering group Carclo plc of Wakefield, England, already operates a Czech industrial component molding plant at Brno. In fact, it has acquired land next door with a view to building a third plant, perhaps as soon as 2005, it said.
Now the company has acquired a 16,000-square-foot industrial building at Lysa nad Labem, close to Prague.
Tier One auto suppliers are being drawn to the region by the Skoda/Volkswagen car plant. Other local suppliers include TRW and Faurecia.
Carclo wants a just-in-time component flow, according to Gary Allan, managing director of CTP Davall.
The new, $3.2 million plant, which is expected to be in production by August, will employ about 50. The site will be equipped with existing CTP injection machinery, switched from the company's molding plants in Britain. Those plants were hit by the telecommunications slowdown.
CTP already has 10 Demag and Battenfeld injection presses at its Brno site, shipped out from its CTP Davall molding operation in Hatfield, England, as part of the company's policy of rebalancing business capacity.
Those machines, along with six from Hatfield, are destined for the new Czech facility, which will be modeled on CTP's proven, 16-press-unit structure for plants.
The machines will have clamping forces of about 27-385 tons, according to Allan.
The Lysa nad Labem plant will act as a satellite unit of the 38,000-square-foot Brno facility, which started early last year. Its capacity was expected to be fully sold by April of this year.