Hong Kong molder sets up shop in Dominican Republic

Hong Kong manufacturing conglomerate Hayco Group has set up a factory in the Dominican Republic to manufacture household consumer goods and components for medical devices. Located in the Las Americas Free Trade Zone Park in Santo Domingo, the plant will manufacture a range of products for global multinational companies including Procter & Gamble. Some 35 injection molding machines supplied by the Austrian firm Wittmann Battenfeld have been installed in the factory.

The President of the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina, (center) flanked by the Executive Chairman of the Hayco Group, Donald Hay (on the left) and Christopher Hay, the Chief Executive Officer of the Hayco Group (on the right) cutting a ribbon to officially open the Hayco Groups new factory in the Dominican Republic.
Some of the 35 Wittmann Battenfeld, injection molding machines, manufactured in Austria, which have been installed in the factory. The hybrid machines provide up to a 30% saving in energy usage.
The factory’s automated assembly and production area, which covers some 6,000 square meters.

Executive Chairman of Hayco Group, Donald Hay, commented: “The opening of this state-of-the-art facility is the culmination of some six years of planning and construction. To transfer our culture, developed in China over the last 35 years, about 15,000 km away, to the Caribbean was a massive challenge for our management team, and I would like to congratulate them on a job well done. Since making the commitment to build in the Dominican Republic we have been approached by many new potential international clients, some of whom are already producing here, as many of them are looking to source components on their doorstep. Given these new potential opportunities we have begun the planning and site preparation work for a second factory, with a view to having it in operation by 2022.”

Chief Executive Officer of the Group, Christopher Hay, said: “Our new factory, comprising 17,280 square meters, contains all the right machinery, technology, robotics and automation. In planning for the new factory, we were committed to ensuring we operated to the highest ethical standards, that it was state of the art, that it met the highest environmental standards and created jobs. We have followed through on all these commitments. We have invested some $60 million, and installed over thirty precision injection molding machines, manufactured in Austria. We are employing 1000 people, including 100 people in technical positions, and a number of hearing and physically impaired staff on full salaries. The factory has many environmental and sustainable features incorporated in it and we will be seeking LEED certification this year from the US Green Business Council.”

The new plant has been built to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) compliant. Local materials have been used in construction and the roof is fully insulated. Energy efficient technologies such as hybrid injection molding machines, solar energy panels installed on the roof, and efficient air conditioning and LED lighting are also employed. Further, landscaping with native vegetation, which requires little water, has been adopted.

Hayco’s in-house capabilities include expertise in product design, mold making, injection molding, product assembly, quality assurance and supply-chain management. Hayco create products for the beauty and personal care, oral health care, precision medical molding, water filtration, personal hydration, household cleaning industries. The group efficiently delivers more than 200 million products to customers across 59 countries worldwide every year.

The new factory supplements the Group’s China operations, where over the last 35 years, it has established three manufacturing facilities in Shenzhen, comprising 120,000 square meters, and employing some 3,500 people.

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