North East Zone - Issue 54

++lego++ Largest Lego plant in the world to be located in Mexico

Monterrey, Mexico.- The largest Lego plant will be located in Mexico as of next October, after this Danish company, manufacturer of plastic blocks to make toys, invested US$150 million in its expansion.
The complex, located in Cienega de Flores, Nuevo Leon, will outdo in size and production other plants in Denmark, Czech Republic and Hungary.
The plastics molding and injection plant to be completed soon will be fully robotized and is already starting to operate 24/7. The whole production by this plant is shipped to the USA.
“Each 1% gained in share of the market there (USA) is reflected in this plant in an increase over three times in manufacture”, Pablo Salazar, Chief Operations Officer for Lego Mexico, pointed-out in a tour through the plant.
With the new investment, the amount allocated by the company adds to US$250 million from October 2008 to October 2011, when the expansion will be inaugurated.

++spellman++ Spellman de México starts manufacturing operations in new facility

Matamoros, Tamaulipas - Spellman High Voltage Electronics Corporation announced its Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of its opening of Plant 3 - new state-of the art manufacturing plant in Matamoros, Mexico on August 17th, 2011. Manufacturing operations started transferring manufacturing lines as early as July 8th , 2011. The new building will be dedicated to Top-level assembly, repairs, and electrical test. Spellman de Mexico is the 2010 Tamaulipas State Quality Award Winner, and is ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 Certified. Operations currently employs over 850 skilled workers and encompass two facilities; plant 1 (88,000 sq. ft. dedicated to top assembly and test) and plant 2 (62,500 sq. ft. dedicated to sub-assemblies).
Spellman High Voltage Electronics is the world's leading provider of custom designed and standard AC-DC and DC-DC high voltage power converters for: medical, industrial, analytical, and security applications; semiconductor manufacturing; scientific instrumentation; and power feed systems for undersea cables. Spellman is headquartered in the U.S. and has additional design, manufacturing and/or service facilities in China, Japan, Mexico and the UK.

++tamaulipas++ Italian company will install auto parts plant in Reynosa

Reynosa, Mexico.- The Italian company Zanini Auto Group confirmed an investment for over US$10 million in Reynosa to install a plant here, which will generate 240 direct jobs, City Mayor Everardo Villarreal Salinas informed.
He said that this investment was negotiated by the State Government, through the State Ministry of Economic Development, headed by Monica Garcia Gonzalez, and is expected to materialize within two months.
“This plant will produce plastic parts for the automotive sector, a project that will generate 240 direct jobs and other indirect jobs; we have not a precise estimate on the number of indirect jobs yet, but the idea is fostering local chain of supply”, the Mayor informed.
He said that Zanini’s main customers are renowned assemblers such as Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Seat, Fiat, General Motors, Volkswagen, Volvo and Ford.

++sanluispotosi++ Phytosan invests US$12 million in SLP

San Luis Potosi.- BENEBION, a phytosanitary treatment plant, property of Phytosan, was inaugurated in Matehuala; the only plant of its kind in Mexico, where US$12 million were invested.

Fernando Toranzo Fernandez, San Luis Potosi Governor, said that with the arrival of this company to the State, borders open to produce grown here, since they can be sold in international markets now.

Arved Deecke, CEO, Phytosan, said that this irradiation plant was built to have the safest, state-of-the art technology, which will make produce such as guava, mangos and citric fruits innocuous to meet global export quality standards.

He assured that the Matehuala Plant is strategically located, to prevent losses in perishables and to assure fresh produce get to the USA.

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