FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich.—PolyFlex Products Inc. is branching out its operations into new regions of the globe.
So far in 2015, PolyFlex has established a local presence in Germany, with two engineers to provide technical and sales support, along with finished products supplied by the firm itself or its local manufacturing partners.
The firm also established an alliance with China-based Shanghai EC Global International Trading Co. to provide PolyFlex with logistics freight support in transporting product into the country.
PolyFlex CEO Mark Kirchmer said these steps are just the beginning.
“I would see us establishing some kind of representation sales office initially and then possibly some kind of a further partnership where we would put those engineers on the ground,” Kirchmer said of the firm's Asia activities. “That's really what we need in there first, and then potentially some alliance partners to manufacture there too.”
Currently, PolyFlex does most of its manufacturing at its Farmington Hills facility, primarily serving the packaging market by providing urethane and thermoplastic elastomer-produced products such as returnable packaging, protective shipping containers, and custom and standard rack dunnage systems. The firm is heavily involved in the automotive industry, servicing virtually all major original equipment manufacturers.
In 2007, PolyFlex launched its ThermoFlex subsidiary in Morrison, Tenn., which deals primarily in heavy gauge thermoforming, mostly for non-automotive applications.
“OEMs anywhere can use what we're doing,” Kirchmer said. “But our growth has been automotive because of our location and our knowledge within automotive. We're doing some work in the appliance industry and also doing work in construction equipment and we see that growing as well.”