Auxiliary equipment maker Piovan SpA has opened a sales and service center in Mexico City, and soon plans to open its first full-scale manufacturing plant in China.
The Italian equipment supplier plans to launch the Shenzhen, China, plant by the end of 2004, Managing Director Nicola Piovan said during an April 29 interview at Plastimagen Mexico 2004 in Mexico City. The factory will make dryers, conveyers and other materials-related equipment, Piovan said. The 53,000-square-foot plant will start with close to 20 employees, Piovan said.
Most of the products will stay in China, where Piovan has many European- and North American-based customers, he added.
The company also has production facilities in Venezia, Italy, where it is based, and Osasco, Brazil, near Sao Paulo. The Brazilian facility opened in 2000. In Asia, the company also has two offices in mainland China and sites in Hong Kong and Singapore.
But production was missing on the Asian continent, he said.
``It is more difficult to ship from Europe or Brazil, and we will have enough business in China to keep our machines busy,'' he said.
The small Mexico City site includes a showroom, a repair facility and a sales office, Piovan said. Many of the products used by Piovan's customers in Mexico are shipped from Brazil, he said. ``We needed a way to serve them from a closer location,'' he said.
The facility has been open since mid-April. A recently launched PET analyzer and other equipment will be displayed and sold in Mexico.
The equipment supplier's global reach has helped it remain profitable, he said.
For the first three months of 2004, sales rose 20 percent over the same period a year ago, he said. Last year, Piovan recorded sales of about 70 million euros ($85 million).