Mexico City — Haitian International Holdings Ltd. will begin to increase the size of the injection molding presses it manufactures in the western Mexican state of Jalisco next year, the Chinese company's general manager in Mexico says.
"We are in the planning stage prior to producing big machines early in the year," Xu Biyun said at Plastimagen México 2023.
Speaking in English, Xu told Plastics News Nov. 7 that, to date, Haitian had produced more than 400 machines at the facility in Acatlán de Juárez, which is Haitian's only press manufacturing site in the Americas. The plant went on line in mid-2022 and formally opened in June 2023.
All the machines produced there are in the Mars series. "The largest we have built has a clamping force of 530 metric tons," said Xu. The plant, represending a $50 million investment by Haitian, is equipped to build machines of up to 1,200 metric tons, he added.
In June, Plastics News reported that 100 presses made at the facility had been sold.
The 290,625-square-foot factory is built on a 968,752-square-foot plot of land that Haitian owns. It is about 30 miles from Guadalajara, the state capital.
Asked to comment on the quality of the 200 or so people employed on building the machines in Jalisco, Xu replied: "So far, so good." All staff training is done on site, he said.