Spanish automotive component molder Plasticos Dúrex SA has launched a 4 million euro ($5 million) project to build a new injection and blow molding plant in Legnica, Poland, to supply car parts to multinational customers.
The Salamanca, Spain-based company, which specializes in plastic and rubber vehicle parts in the shock absorber, suspension and chassis areas, plans to operate the Polish facility's first plastics molding unit with a 10-strong workforce in the second quarter of 2007.
Dúrex is responding to demand for products from its existing customer base with increasing globalization, leading major clients into Eastern Europe.
In what is the first phase of a three-stage expansion scheme, its subsidiary Plasticos Dúrex Polska Sp.zo.o will run a single production facility with molding machinery, including five new injection presses, turning out up to 15 products, according to project manager Cesar Bustos.
A second phase, to cost 1 million euros ($1.25 million), will take the project through to 2012 and will see new research and development work and the introduction of additional products with a second facility at the 4.2-acre site in the Krzywa area of the Legnica Special Economic Zone.
In the final phase, Dúrex is considering building a third production area in Legnica as its customer base, concentrated initially in Germany, grows. Within three years, Plasticos Dúrex Polska's workforce is expected to reach 25, depending on how business develops, Bustos said.
A European leader in its specialist market area, Dúrex has a single plant in Salamanca operating a range of injection, blow and extrusion blow molding lines. It runs around 30 injection presses.
Apart from technical auto parts, the molder also makes some bottles for hospitals and pharmaceutical laboratories, and kitchen utensils.
Dúrex customers include major car manufacturers Volkswagen AG, Seat SA and the Ford Motor Co., as well as Tier 1 auto suppliers Delphi and Tenneco.
Last year, Dúrex recorded annual sales of 7.7 million euros ($9.6 million), with 63 percent of that from exports.