Silao, Mexico — Mecaplast Group executives spent Oct. 6 in Silao as it marked the opening of its second injection molding plant in the country — part of a planned expansion in lower-cost regions.
Just four days later, the French auto supplier was announcing plans to buy Key Plastics LLC, a $415 million molder based in Livonia, Mich., with plants in the U.S., the Czech Republic, China and Germany.
Both moves are part of a global expansion plan for Mecaplast that has also seen it growing in Romania, Morocco and Portugal.
Silao marks its second manufacturing plant in Mexico, a $10 million injection molding facility in north-central Mexico that will make air intake systems for General Motors Co.'s Chevrolet Captiva in North America.
The 59,200-square-foot facility will start full production in January and also will begin making cam covers for Nissan USA in 2018 and interior trims for BMW AG's 3 Series in 2019.
Prior to the opening ceremony at the Guanajuato Inland Port industrial complex, which includes four industrial parks, Mecaplast CEO Pierre Boulet told Plastics News that the company has just bought a 5,000-square-meter (53,819-square-foot) plant in Mioveni, Romania, from where it will supply Dacia with injection molded components.
He also said that Mecaplast is buying a facility in northern Portugal.
“We have not finalized the deal but it will be finalized in about a month's time,” Boulet said.