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Plastic Modling Firm Chooses Slow and Steady Approach

Mon, 09/01/2014 - 16:21

MPE has been producing plastic parts in Italy for 40 years but increasing globalization has seen the company pushed to follow its main customers further afield. The company’s first plant outside Italy was established in 2006 in Charlotte, North Carolina, but in 2008, with the world economic crisis just beginning, MPE made its first move into Mexico. Being a small company means MPE is able to keep in close touch with its customers, allowing the company to understand their needs and co-develop required parts. MPE specializes in three different processes for the production of plastic parts: injection molding, injection blow molding, and conventional blow molding. MPE Mexico’s General Manager, Olga Jiménez explains that the difference between the US and Mexico operations is that MPE US only uses injected blow molding while MPE Mexico uses injection blow molding and injection molding. For this reason, MPE Mexico exports parts to the US. “We have molding processes that use both blow and injection processes, which means that we can control the characteristics of the part we are making,” explains Jiménez.

Jiménez says that the company’s Mexican operations were able to survive the difficult years of 2009 and 2010 with the support of its Italian headquarters by taking a slow and steady approach to growth. By 2010, MPE Mexico was able to supply clients such as Magneti Mirelli, ZF Sachs, and GKN Driveline. These relationships led to greater things, and MPE Mexico now exports to GKN Driveline’s plants in China, US, Spain, France, and Brazil. By the end of 2011, the company had duplicated its sales, and by the end of 2012, sales had increased a further 30%. “We prefer to pursue continuous growth, so that we can control our processes and increase the quality of the products,” explains Jiménez. Both the technology and the materials for MPE’s injection processes are imported from Europe, and the client largely drives the selection of plastics. With so many of the parts being designed in Europe, Jiménez explains that the materials also need to be brought over, which means MPE Mexico relies largely on its headquarters in Italy to source and supply materials. PEMEX does supply some resin locally, but only in small quantities.

and GKN Driveline. These relationships led to greater things, and MPE Mexico now exports to GKN Driveline’s plants in China, US, Spain, France, and Brazil. By the end of 2011, the company had duplicated its sales, and by the end of 2012, sales had increased a further 30%. “We prefer to pursue continuous growth, so that we can control our processes and increase the quality of the products,” explains Jiménez. Both the technology and the materials for MPE’s injection processes are imported from Europe, and the client largely drives the selection of plastics. With so many of the parts being designed in Europe, Jiménez explains that the materials also need to be brought over, which means MPE Mexico relies largely on its headquarters in Italy to source and supply materials. PEMEX does supply some resin locally, but only in small quantities.