A German glass encapsulation technology firm has established an operation in Oxford, Mich.
BBG GmbH & Co. KG's new subsidiary will handle mold modification for North American customers, the Mindelheim, Germany, company recently announced.
BBG specializes in systems that bond glass to plastic, as in vehicle windows, photovoltaic cells, aerospace windows and bathroom shower cubicles. It produces encapsulation molds and turnkey systems for such markets. It also builds other types of injection molds, draw dies for vacuum forming, and tools and molds for a range of composites processing.
Encapsulation resins in BBG's technologies include PVC, polyurethane and thermoplastic elastomers.
BBG wants a North American operation to grow its business on the continent. The Michigan location will allow it to offer BBG's services faster and at a more competitive price and allow BBG to more closely work with customers, BBG explained in a news release. Vehicle manufacturers and aviation companies will be particularly targeted by BBG North America LP in Oxford, it added. BBG for the time being will concentrate mold production, machinery and plant construction in Mindelheim.
Global customers of BBG include Fuyao Glass Corp. of Fuzhou, China; Inalfa Roof Systems Group of Venray, Netherlands; Magna CTS of Troy, Mich., and Webasto Group of Stockdorf, Germany.
BBG manufacturing locations are in Mindelheim, Oxford and Changchun City and Shanghai, China. The Shanghai facility is a recent addition near key customers including Webasto, Fuyao, polyurethane machinery supplier Hennecke GmbH of Sankt Augustin, Germany, and glass, chemicals and construction products conglomerate Saint-Gobain S.A. of Courbevoie, France.
BBG said the auto industry is in a healthy phase and its investment in the Oxford office is well timed to take advantage of high auto demand.
“Car glass converters such as Webasto and Fuyao invest heavily,” noted BBG North America general manager Bernhard Satzger in a news release. “They upgrade existing plants or build additional capacities and production plants. Both companies operate production plants in the immediate vicinity of our American site.”
BBG is a family owned business that employs about 70 and logged sales of 13.1 million euros ($16 million) in 2013.
BBG officials did not respond to requests for more information on the Oxford operation.