Canadian toolmaker Profine Molds Inc. has broken ground on a new facility that will house all of its operations and provide space for expansion.
That one central location in the Toronto suburb of Oakville, Ontario - near current facilities in Mississauga - will allow for better communication between departments, which is important for a company seeking focused manufacturing, said President Manuel Gomes in a July 23 telephone interview.
``We need to integrate our manufacturing and [research and development],'' he said. ``We try to keep our connections as tight as possible. Even if they're five minutes apart, that's still five minutes there and five minutes back, and sometimes that can seem like too much.''
Profine expects to move into the 60,000-square-foot building by August 2005.
The new site will replace a 20,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and a separate, 5,000-square-foot research center that the firm opened just a year ago.
The new building will house production, engineering, research, technology and administration, along with injection molding testing.
Global competition is bringing increased demands, Gomes said.
Pricing pressure from Asia is only part of the story, he said. European technology continues to push performance requirements.
To compete, the company will maintain a tight focus on performance, technology and customer response in its custom molding, caps and closures client base, he said. Profine will emphasize employee training and seek additional equipment as business expands.
Profine not only must sell a mold, Gomes said, it must provide molds with added value.
``We have to find better ways of doing things,'' he said. ``[Customers] want cost with the same quality.''