President of Mexico visits new plastics plant


GW Plastics (Bethel, Vt.;, a high-precision injection molding provider, recently hosted Mexico President Vicente Fox. President Fox visited the company’s state-of-the-art El Marques manufacturing park in Querétaro, about two hours northwest of Mexico City.

President Fox learns about sophisticated process technologies such as insert, multi-shot, and cleanroom molding. GW Plastics’ newest plant will share with all other GW Plastics plants high standardization in equipment, operating practices and quality systems, including ISO 9001:2000 and TS certification. Photo courtesy of GW Plastics.
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The plant boasts fully automated, insert molding systems with real-time process monitoring. According to Ben Bouchard, V.P. of international marketing for GW Plastics, “We designed the plant to use the most advanced technology available. This gives our customers a tremendous competitive advantage. Not only do they get the advantage of low cost country (LCC) manufacturing, they get the added benefit of improved efficiency and quality through automated processes, using the latest molding technology not typically seen in the region.”

With a focus on process technologies such as insert, multi-shot, and cleanroom molding, GW Plastics’ newest plant is an ultramodern 52,000-square-foot facility. It was designed to support existing GW Plastics customers, but according to the company, it’s expanding rapidly with new markets and customers in the growing region of central Mexico.

The initial footprint of the plant can accommodate up to 25 highly automated conventional and insert molding machines, but has room for value-added assembly operations and the capacity to expand to 40 machines. GW Plastics also plans to add an ISO Class 8 (Class 100,000) cleanroom to serve the growing medical device customer base in Mexico.