HEXPOL Compounding held an open house on November 16, 2016, at the company's Querétaro, Mexico, location to celebrate HEXPOL's latest investment in Mexico. Over 200 customers, suppliers, and dignitaries of the Mexican government attended the event for the commissioning of a new, advanced 135 Liter rubber mixing line, at a cost of approximately $9.2 million dollars.
The new, third mixing line includes significant building and infrastructure additions to the Querétaro campus. It replicates the successful HEXPOL layout used at other HEXPOL campuses, with in-line straining, a proportionally sized batch-off to ensure optimal product conditioning, time-tested proprietary in-line process control, and state-of-the-art equipment and compound mixing technology.
As the line begins production, it adds approximately 12,000 metric tons of capacity per year to the existing capacity of 41,000 metric tons provided by lines one and two, for a total of 53,000 metric tons per year. The new line provides additional capacity and mixing flexibility for HEXPOL customers. Increased capacity facilitates growth. Flexibility gives customers the option to make large or small batches, resulting in less waste and improved quality control.
“We are here to celebrate another milestone achieved by our HEXPOL Mexico and HEXPOL North America team. More importantly, we are here to celebrate all of you,” Tracy Garrison, President and Chief Executive Officer of HEXPOL Compounding North America, told the audience as the open house celebration began. “We are very proud of the achievements made by the business community here in Querétaro and throughout Mexico, and certainly honored to be part of this growth and Mexico's progress to date. We look forward to years of mutual success ahead.”
During his comments to open house attendees, Mark George, Director of Operations, HEXPOL Mexico, spoke of the privilege of partnering with HEXPOL customers to “forge a relationship to strengthen our businesses so we can succeed together.”
“Our vision for HEXPOL in Mexico is to define a new level of what World Class signifies and how that translates to continuous improvement in the products and services provided to our customers,” George explained. “HEXPOL investments in equipment and facility expansion, as you see here today, illustrates our resolve to help our customers and our community here in Querétaro grow.”