Tricon Industries Inc. is jump-starting production at its first plant in Mexico by renovating an existing facility for molding even while building a permanent site.
The injection molder will begin production in Fresnillo, Mexico, initially by creating a clean room molding center in a 7,500-square-foot manufacturing facility, product development manager Jeff Terrell said March 9 at the Society of Automotive Engineers 2004 World Congress in Detroit. The factory will turn out electronic door-lock assemblies.
That site will begin making parts by early in the second quarter. Tricon will take over the new, 30,000-square-foot factory next door in August.
The Lisle, Ill.-based company does insert and specialty molding, including production for sensitive automotive electronics. The new Mexico site initially will mirror U.S. production.
Eventually, new products are slated for the U.S. manufacturing lines, and the Mexico molding will free up machinery time for those plants, Terrell said.
``Our operations will allow us to be closer to many of our current customers' Mexican facilities,'' Tricon President Ralph Grandle said in a news release. ``In addition, this expansion gives us the opportunity to serve new customers that require Mexican sourcing outlets.''
Tricon also has its first commercial application for its proprietary miniature universal socket, which will go into a center high-mount stop lamp in a 2005 model North American vehicle.
The system snaps into universal insert molded systems, allowing customers to use smaller light bulbs without altering existing connectors and wiring.