Rosti Technical Plastics plans to launch a new production plant in Suzhou, China - its third in the country - before the end of this year.
The $5 million facility - built as part of a major drive by Rosti to increase its capacity in Asia and Eastern Europe - is close to Shanghai, China, and near its two other locations in China.
The company plans to shift work from its assembly plant and a warehouse, both currently in leased premises, to the new, 108,000-square-foot facility in Suzhou. Initially, the plant will be equipped with some 20 injection molding presses and lead to 200 new jobs, according to David Knight, chief operating officer of Asian operations.
Meantime, Rosti, a division of Copenhagen, Denmark-based Rosti A/S, is considering whether to establish another plant in India. It is conducting a feasibility study and has appointed a manager on the ground to evaluate locations, the company confirmed.
In China today, the firm runs 44 injection molding machines, chiefly Demags, at its original 48,000-square-foot molding and assembly unit in Suzhou. But Rosti has outgrown that plant, so about 10 presses will be switched to the new facility, Knight said.
Rosti is seeing growth in the automotive and business machine sectors, according to Knight.
Currently, Rosti employs a total of 360 people at its Suzhou units. It plans to increase that figure to about 500 people by the end of the year. After the reorganization in Suzhou, the company will have 54,000 square feet of extra space at its disposal.
Rosti also is expanding its injection molding capacity in Poland to handle its growing business in Eastern Europe. The company has ordered one 1,000- and two 650-ton Demag presses for installation in June at its plant in Bialystok, Poland, in 1999.
Rosti (Polska) Sp.z.o.o., which won a manufacturing contract from Philips NV to work on its Suncare tanning appliances, is expanding its domestic appliance work for Whirlpool Corp, according to Mike Sullivan, Rosti's international projects and research and development vice president.
The Polish operation also will supply electrical components to LK, the Danish subsidiary of France's Schneider group, Sullivan said.
Rosti just announced the official opening of a second Polish facility, inaugurated last year, on its single site in Bialystok. The 86,400-square-foot plant, which employs 50, started as an assembly shop, but Rosti said it may add molding capacity there later.
The company also is studying the feasibility of adding a third plant in Poland, according to Sullivan.
Overall, Rosti already runs 74 injection molding presses at Bialystok and employs 750 people. Last year, that plant added a Demag press with 1,400 tons of clamping force.