US molder expects big growth under Plastibell identity
Publié le 30 Août 2016 sur PlasticNews.com par Frank Antosiewicz Source : http://www.plasticsnews.com/article/20160830/NEWS/160839979/us-molder-expects-big-growth-under-plastibell-identity
“We also do 3-D printing of prototypes and cavities,” he said, noting that in some cases it can print the tool in the morning and produce a part in the afternoon.
Mar-Lee has grown in sales from $21 million in 2009 to $31 million last year.
It has Engel injection molding presses ranging from 40 to 750 tons and that includes two-shot capability as well.
Mar-Lee serves a medical and consumer goods clientele and that will continue, but they said Plastibell will provide more opportunities to serve a global customer base as well as provide more options to U.S. and Mexico customers.
The Torreon, Mexico, site has had “double-digit growth” in the past few years, according to Bouvier, and they will soon evaluate whether to add another plant. She said that they have a strong aerospace workload in Mexico and noted “I believe that in the U.S. it will develop as well.”
Mutschler said that Mar-Lee has grown on its own, but now will be able to share technology and knowledge throughout the group.
Mar-Lee has two side-by-side facilities in Fitchburg, and a tooling operation in nearby Leominster.
She said that the added size gives certain advantages for its healthcare and industry clients.
“In healthcare, we have six clean rooms and we’re building another in France,” said Bouvier.
She said that Mar-Lee, Mexico and Poland each have one clean room, while in France it is adding a fourth.
She said that the new grouping is expected to drive innovation. The company reinvests 4 percent of its revenue in research and development, and 7 percent in new technology. Hence it carries the slogan, “injecteur de solutions.”
Bouvier said that each plant will continue to work locally with their customers, but that the new arrangement will enable them to work with OEMs wanting to build one global footprint.