MEXICO CITY — TransNav Inc, of New Baltimore, Mich., and the Tilburg, Netherlands-based Rompa Group have established an injection molding and thermoforming joint venture covering Europe and the Americas.
Called TransRompa, the new company started manufacturing operations in a Rompa-run facility in Vyškov, the Czech Republic, and in an existing TransNav factory in Puebla, Mexico, in January.
Rompa did not specify in a news release what TransRompa manufactures in Vyškov but says the JV is already supplying “multiple automotive customers in Mexico.”
Both companies are keeping the finer details of the deal, such as their share in the JV and any investment, to themselves.
Volkswagen AG has a giant assembly plant in Puebla, 80 miles southeast of Mexico City. Rompa already produces parts for the Volkswagen Passat through Magna International Inc. but not in Mexico. TransRompa is its first venture in Mexico, where TransNav has operated as a Volkswagen supplier since 1998.
Magna has 29 manufacturing and assembly plants in Mexico, according to its website.
Rompa products manufactured in the Czech Republic include injection molded windshield wiper parts for Robert Bosch GmbH. In China it has plants in Hong Kong, Jiangmen, Chengdu and Shanghai.
In the United States Rompa founded blister packaging specialist Rompa-Indepak LLC in Portland, Ore., in 2006.
In addition to New Baltimore and Puebla, TransNav has manufacturing locations in Danville, Ky., and claims to have “strategic partnerships around the globe.”