Automotive injection molder Hunjan International Inc. is in the midst of a US$30 million expansion as it also prepares to open an auto parts plant in China.
Hunjan of Markham, Ontario, is setting up an operation in Suzhou, China, due to open in early August, Hunjan President and Chief Operating Officer Baljit Sierra said in a telephone interview. The Asian facility will start with 16 injection presses to supply local customers and to ship some small parts to North American customers. The Tier 2 supplier now molds a variety of interior, exterior and under-the-hood parts in North America.
Sierra said his firm also is expanding Canadian operations, building a 160,000-square-foot plant in London, Ontario. That facility will open in the first quarter of 2005. Last month, Hunjan opened a second plant in Markham. Hunjan transferred production to that 80,000-square-foot facility from a site in Waterloo, Ontario, which it closed. Surplus equipment from the Waterloo plant will be auctioned June 22 by TCL Asset Group Inc. of Toronto.
Earlier this year, Hunjan expanded its Anniston, Ala., plant. The 20-press operation is running flat-out to meet burgeoning demand among recently established southeast U.S. auto plants.
Hunjan now runs 60 presses, with clamping forces of 40-3,000 tons. Sierra said the firm recently added blow molding capability in Anniston and Markham.
The firm also does its own tool building, which was its original business when the private company was founded in 1986. In 1989 it entered injection molding. In addition to manufacturing sites, Hunjan runs a sales and engineering office in Detroit and a sales office in Mexico.
Sierra said Hunjan will follow its customers around the globe to serve them ``in their back yard.'' He is eyeing Eastern Europe for a new plant or an acquisition, as the region's automotive manufacturing potential grows.
Hunjan forecasts sales will reach C$115 million (US$84 million) this year. It now employs 475.