MONTERREY, MEXICO — Custom injection molder Evco Plastics Inc. is mulling plans to open a fourth plant in Mexico, senior executives say.
“We are going to have a fourth plant in Mexico at some stage,” Dale Evans, the DeForest, Wis., company's president told Plastics News. “[But] it won't be next year.”
“We will probably look [for a site] in El Bajío,” said Carlos González, sales director of Evco Plastics de México S de RL de CV, Evco's Mexican subsidiary. El Bajío is a rapidly expanding industrial region in north-central Mexico.
And that may not be the end of Evco's growth south of the U.S. border, where three facilities — two in Monterrey and one in Ciudad Juárez — opened between 2001 and 2007. The plants now account for 30 to 35 percent of 50-year-old Evco's $130 million in total annual sales, Evans said.
“We need to think about a fifth plant [in Mexico] also,” chipped in Humberto Garza Dávila, the Mexican subsidiary's president who is also one of Dale Evans's two partners in Mexico — the other one being Carlos González's father, Carlos González Sr.
According to Evans, who accompanied Plastics News on a tour of Evco's Monterrey 1 [or M1] facility, Evco's Mexico operations are growing 20 percent a year while in the United States growth is close to 12 percent. Evco has nine plants in the United States, Mexico and China.
The M1 plant, opened in 2001, covers 72,000 square feet and employs 53 machine operators and 23 technicians, divided between machine and tool technicians. The plant runs three shifts a day, six days a week.
Its 20 presses, 15 of which are electric, have a clamping force range of 23 to 1,100 tons. They are Toyos, Milacrons and Nisseis.
Alfredo Elizondo Decanini, director of operations in Monterrey, has overseen the introduction of what he described as “a lean and mean manufacturing process,” whose elements include a Syscon-PlantStar production monitoring system and a production leveling system.
“We had help for three months to establish the system, which has been in our hands for three years,” said Elizondo. “We have 50 different efficiency indicators for this facility.”