As more manufacturing reshores from Asia to the NAFTA region, Mexico is seeing its share of a resurgence in its manufacturing industries, particularly in the three 'A's: automotive, aerospace and appliances. As those industries continue their rapid growth, the supply chain in Mexico becomes a critical factor in their success. Tekmart Integrated Manufacturing Services, a contract manufacturer in Juarez, Mexico, across the Rio Grande from El Paso, TX, has announces a ramping up and restructuring of operations there to meet the ever-increasing demand.
In March of this year, Tekmart Integrated Manufacturing Services (TIMS), a division of Tekmart International Inc., headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, purchased a 650,000-sq-ft facility that once housed the Thompson RCA consumer electronics manufacturing operations. With expertise in a variety of contract manufacturing services and a base of knowledgeable employees along with an extensive range of high-tech manufacturing equipment, TIMS is restructuring the operations for expanded manufacturing operations that include injection molding, surface mount technology (SMT) for PC boards, sub-assembly, full product assembly, and a variety of secondary operations including three automated painting cells.
"With 30 years of injection molding, SMT and assembly expertise in a class 'A' facility, Tekmart Integrated Manufacturing Services has ability to manage large complex supply chains, including inventory control of thousands of component SKUs, and provide contract manufacturing support for the near-shoring demands of OEMs in the automotive, aerospace, appliance and medical markets," stated Junaid Omer, general manager acquisition development for Tekmart International.
TIMS in Juarez operates 33 injection molding machines in 250,000 sq-ft of the facility, ranging from 170 to 3,000 tons, 23 of those machines in the 1,000 to 3,000 range, to meet demand for large-tonnage presses for the markets the company serves. Additionally, there are six resin silos with a capacity of more than two million pounds. All injection presses are equipped with robots for increased efficiencies and reduced costs to manufacture.
"This facility was the first and largest molding footprint in Juarez," Omer said. "We also have an on-site tool shop for mold maintenance and repair, and to perform engineering change orders (ECOs) upon customer request to minimize mold down time and sustain production levels."
The remaining 400,000 sq-ft of the facility offers space for integrated manufacturing operations for sub-assembly and box-build (assembly) of products, as well as hot stamping, silk screening, pad printing, heat transfer/staking, and three paint lines equipped with two robots each.
TIMS also offers product and systems engineering assistance to help develop total solutions for its customers in all areas of manufacturing. "We're not just a supplier," emphasized Omer. "We're a true engaged partner with our customers. We identify your pain points and develop solutions to meet our customers' requirements. We are a true solutions provider."
The facility is ISO9000, ISO 14000 and TS 16949 certified to accommodate the requirements of its automotive, aerospace, appliance and medical customers. TIMS has also implemented Lean Manufacturing practices to ensure optimum efficiencies. Quality systems are in place to ensure excellence in all areas of service from order entry to shipping. From the company's location that provides close proximity to the entire North American market, TIMS can offer timely delivery to its customers.
TIMS offers low-cost manufacturing just below the U.S. border with an experienced group that can manage large, complex supply chains. "Much effort went into making this facility one of the premier manufacturing plants in Mexico, and while a lot changed during the first decade of the 2000s with respect to the television and consumer electronics industry, we believe that our revival and restructuring of this plant will offer the automotive, aerospace, appliance and medical industries a tremendous opportunity to have a contract manufacturer that can serve Mexico as well as the rest of North America with experience, expertise, quality and delivery - from their own back yard," Omer said.