Working from a new Mexico location established by parent Cannon Group, machine maker Sandretto Industries SpA is introducing a small injection press to the local market and adding workers there.
Cannon has moved about a dozen people to a new subsidiary, dubbed MexiCannon, which opened in May in Tlalnepantla, a Mexico City suburb. The region is a prime area for Sandretto to ship machines from a production site founded in Aruja, Brazil, five years ago, said Brazil-based area manager Gilberto Baksa during at interview at Plastimagen Mexico 2004, held April 27-30 in Mexico City.
The Brazil site, near Sao Paulo, started making a new, low-cost injection press called Logica in December, Baksa said. The machine is targeted for the Latin American market, and Sandretto already has sold several machines in South America, he said.
The Logica presses have clamping forces of 130 tons and sell for about $51,600, Baksa said. The energy-efficient units consume about 51/2 kilowatts per hour of electricity, he said. A standard injection unit of similar size might consume 12 kilowatts per hour, Baksa added.
The machine has two proportional valves and only one pump, he said. ``It's a low-cost investment with low energy consumption,'' he said. ``The machine is quite simple in [construction], and it fits well with the Latin American market.''
The company has invested both time and money in developing that market. After opening the side-by-side Brazil plants in 1999, Sandretto doubled its capacity two years later. The complex, the company's only production site outside Italy, now has about 100 workers and has built about 30 machines, Baksa said.
Sandretto's roots in Brazil stretch back a decade, when it first worked in the country through agents. The company envisions the Latin American market surging during the next several years, with sales potentially reaching more than 1,000 units a year, he said.
The Logica machine also will be sold in North America The unit competes with low-cost models introduced by competitors, including new players from China and Taiwan, Baksa said.
The Mexican market is becoming prime for Asian companies selling less-expensive presses, he said.
The MexiCannon facility includes service and sales for Cannon's lines of polyurethane processing equipment, composites equipment and thermoforming machines, as well as the Sandretto machines. Sandretto will have four technicians on site in Mexico, Baksa said.