Krauss-Maffei Kunststofftechnik GmbH is introducing multimaterial molding to Mexico while preparing to open a new office in Guadalajara.
The equipment supplier will launch a training site in Guadalajara by the end of the year, one of several sites Krauss-Maffei runs in Mexico, said Héctor Moreno, director of Krauss-Maffei Mexico. Moreno was interviewed at Plastimagen Mexico 2004 in Mexico City.
``We established a foundation seven years ago, and now we are bringing in a team of people,'' Moreno said. ``We continue to grow step by step in Mexico.''
The Guadalajara site will double as an installation office, providing a location to ship equipment and launch setups for the company's machines in Mexico, Moreno said.
The company plans to start with two workers at the facility and add people as needed. The company has offices in Puebla and Monterrey, and has operated a service and sales office in Mexico City for 17 years.
The company also is launching new equipment in the country to match the more sophisticated tastes of its customers, Moreno said. Krauss-Maffei sold four in-mold labeling systems in Mexico last year and now is launching the multimaterial injection presses, he said.
The machines primarily are used for automotive applications, including headlight lenses and window modules, Moreno said.
The machines run on a horizontal platen, decreasing space requirements by reducing the clamping force of the machines compared with vertical-platen presses, he said.
Also sold in the United States, the machines have clamping forces of 180-4,000 tons, Moreno said. At the show, the company was showing a Smart car with a polycarbonate window that included an overmold made from PC/ABS. The window module was made on a Krauss-Maffei press similar to what is being sold in Mexico, he said.