Düsseldorf, Germany — More than a dozen employees of Evco Plastics Inc. visited K 2016, looking to buy and keep up-to-date as the custom injection molder expands in the United States, Mexico and China.
And Evco officials revealed the company is planning an expansion of its MED facility in its headquarters city of DeForest, Wis., that will triple its clean room space there. MED stands for medical and electronic devices.
President Dale Evans said Evco brought 13 people to K 2016, held Oct. 19-26 in Düsseldorf. He said that is a normal-size contingent for the company in the past decade or so of K show visits.
“We rented five hotel rooms for the entire length of the show. And there's a crew that's there the first half, and another crew comes the second half,” he said.
Evco employees were looking for machinery, automation, new materials and tooling.
Three people from Evco's Mexico operations attended K 2016, and Evans said they were looking to buy eight to 10 injection molding machines. “Mexico's doing well. We're expanding down there,” he said in an interview during the K show.
Evco runs three plants in Mexico — two in Monterrey and one in Juárez. Earlier this year, the company added two big presses with clamping forces of 2,500 tons to its stable of machines in Mexico. And Evans said Juarez has a 3,000-ton press.
Evco does some automotive molding in Mexico, but not that much. Having the large-tonnage machines keeps the phone ringing, Evans said.
“There's not a lot of people with big machines in Mexico that are non-automotive,” he said. “So there's demand.”