Shakespeare Co. has opened a 50,000-square-foot nylon monofilament wire plant in Guangzhou, China.
The plant, part of a larger complex operated by Shakespeare parent K2 Inc., launched in November and should reach full-scale production later this year, said new business development director Dean Yarborough.
Some of the plant's output will be sold in Asia, with the rest returning to the United States. K2 of Carlsbad, Calif., also makes skis, life jackets and other products.
Nylon resin used to make monofilament wire at the Guangzhou site will be sourced locally and from Shakespeare's polymerization plant in its hometown of Columbia, S.C., Yarborough said. He did not have information about the cost of the Shakespeare plant or its employee count.
Shakespeare now has monofilament wire production in North America, Asia and Europe.
The firm launched a transparent nylon grade last year, as well as a nylon 6/12 resin. Half of its 10 million pounds of resin capacity is used internally.
In 2005, wire products are expected to generate sales of $100 million for Shakespeare, a major producer of fishing and industrial wire and fishing rods and reels.