MoldMaking Technology

OCT 2018

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International Perspective 24 MoldMaking Technology —— OCTOBER 2018 By Barbara Schulz Gaining a Foothold in the "Shangri-La" of Automakers In 2014, German moldmaker Siebenwurst established a subsidiary company in Querétaro, Mexico. It not only provides support to other German companies in the region but also uses its extensive machine park to produce new molds for a growing customer base. M exico is a rapidly growing loca- tion for manufacturing in North America. According to consulting agency Roland Berger, Mexico currently is the seventh largest location in the world for automotive production and wants to join the top •ive by ••••. For that to happen, original equipment manufacturer (OEM) suppliers and partners also would have to increase their capacities in the region of Mexico sig- ni•icantly, and many are doing so. New pro- duction startups require new tools and molds that must be delivered one year before pro- duction startup or general practice begins. In the case of Mexico, these tools and molds mainly have to be delivered from abroad. Demand Is Growing Rapidly "The industrialization phase begins when the tools for the new startups are delivered to the plants. This time is charac- terized by numerous, quickly occurring changes since there is no time to return the tools to a German moldmaker in Germany or elsewhere in the world. As a tool and moldmak- er in the automobile sector, you have to be able to ensure local service on-site," Christian Siebenwurst, managing director of Siebenwurst Modell- und Formenbau in Dietfurt, Germany, says. "Of course, mold shops can be found locally in Mexico, but with the extremely high demand of the rap- idly growing automotive industry today, these companies' capacities are fully booked, and usually there is not enough As a system supplier for well-known companies from the automotive industry, Siebenwurst supports its customers from the design-model phase to series production. time to wait, for example, until a local group has a •ive-axis machine available." This is why Siebenwurst established a new subsidiary in Mexico in ••'' to support German companies in the North American region. With about "•• employees in Germany, Poland, China, Mexico and the United States, Siebenwurst produces and services die casting and injection molding tools for —D-molded parts that are made of aluminum, sheet metal and plastics. This includes integrated solutions for special processes that are used to produce large-area components with a special focus on lightweight construction solutions. As a system supplier for well-known companies from the Images courtesy of Barbara Schulz.

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