Mexico's leading rotational molding machine designer, Horacio Lobo, and his son, Horacio Jr., launched their own processing company this summer.
And, after seeing their business, called Versaplas, take off like a rocket, they're already planning to move into larger premises and take on more staff.
With 16 employees, Versaplas operates three eight-hour shifts per day, five days a week at a 5,380-square-foot plant in Queretaro.
Lobo Sr., a former president of Anipac, or Mexico's National Association of Plastics Industries, describes the company as a ``niche,'' rather than a volume producer of rotomolded products.
``We started manufacturing operations with three contracts in June. Now we have eight and are studying the projects of another 60 clients,'' said Lobo's son, who is managing director of the company.
Among the products the rotational molder manufactured in early August were traffic barriers for road work use, T-jointed drainage pipes for road construction, and consumer goods items.
The products ranged in weight from 0.39 pound to 83 pounds, according to the Lobos.
``We have a lot of clients with different ideas, some of which we can talk about and some of which we can't talk about,'' the younger Lobo said.
The factory is equipped with two Moviplas rotomolding machines, both of which Lobo Sr. designed. They were built at a research and development center in Queretaro called Ciateq AC, supported by Mexico's National Council of Science and Technology, or Conacyt.
Just two other Movistar machines are in use, both of them in the Mexican market, according to Lobo.
The smaller of Versaplas' two machines is 5.9 feet in diameter while the larger one has a diameter of 9.8 feet, said the senior Lobo. ``We need another one right away,'' he said, to accommodate business.
``We offer a complete service, everything from product design to manufacture,'' he said. ``First of all we need to know if a product can be rotomolded and, if it can, we offer to have the mold made to the specifications approved by the client.''
For the moment Versaplas is working with about 20 different molds and expects to double that number in the coming months.
As for larger premises, the Lobos said a move within a year is likely.
``We're very excited about the market's response,'' said Lobo who in two decades turned a small Mexico City rotomolder, Grupo Rotoplas, into a major international supplier of water tanks before resigning as the company's managing director in 2000.
Lobo said he withdrew from business life to spend more time with his family, but in 2005 received an invitation from Conacyt, inviting him to develop companies for Mexico.