Greiner Packaging International GmbH of Kremsmunster, Austria, plans to use a new $3 million production facility in northern Mexico as a springboard to expand in Latin America and the U.S.
The 21,500-square-foot factory has three injection molding machines, each with a clamping force of 220 tons, and a fourth with a clamping force of 400 tons, according to company spokeswoman Claudia Steinkogler.
She declined to name the suppliers but said, We will double our machinery capacity by the end of next year.
The plant gives us interesting opportunities in northern and Latin America, Willi Eibner, Greiner Packaging CEO, said in a news release.
Greiner inaugurated Greiner Assistec SA de CV in Apodaca, Mexico, near Monterrey, on Dec. 1. Greiner Assistec is a Greiner Packaging division, active primarily in the toy, automotive and printing machinery packaging sectors. The facility employs 30.
The plant is Greiner Assistec's first outside Europe, where it has manufacturing sites in Austria and Czech Republic, said Steinkogler, assistant to Gerald Bernecker, the new firm's managing director.
Greiner's clients in Mexico include international toy company Lego A/S of Billund, Denmark, which last month announced a $100 million-plus expansion of its production plant near Monterrey at Ciénega de Flores. That site opened in March 2009.
Steinkogler said Dec. 13 that Lego's move influenced Greiner's plant-selection process. Monterrey's location also was a factor, she said. The firm began its search for a site in December 2009.
Asked whether Greiner will expand its business beyond Mexico, Steinkogler replied: Yes, definitely in other markets in the United States and Latin America.
Greiner Packaging reported sales of $478 million in 2009.