UPG opens contract manufacturing facility in Baja region of Mexico

Features Class 100,000 molding and assembly cleanroom

February 16, 2007 — /PRNewswire/ — TIJUANA, BAJA CALIFORNIA NORTE, Mexico and OAK BROOK, Ill. — UPG, a full service contract manufacturer in the medical, consumer, automotive and electronics market segments announces the official opening of its newest custom manufacturing and assembly facility, UPG Tijuana.

“UPG Tijuana, our third plant in Mexico, brings advanced manufacturing capabilities to this region,” says Chuck Hoar, Vice President, Sales and Marketing. “It furthers our global strategy, which is to serve customers with high quality, cost-competitive components and product design and development expertise.” Included among the speakers at the ribbon-cutting ceremony are officials Sergio Tagliapietra Nassri, Secretary of Economic Development, Mexico, and Kurt Honold Morales, City Mayor, Tijuana.

The official plant opening is concurrent with the company’s name change from United Plastics Group, Inc. to UPG. “The name change reflects our success over the past few years at broadening our services and global reach,” says Richard Harris, CEO. “The new facility in Tijuana serves as an example of that — we want to be where our customers need us to be and we want to be able to incorporate a full spectrum of capabilities,” notes Harris.

UPG manufacturing solutions range from molding components to semi-finished subassemblies to multi-faceted fully-finished final products. Services include application design, tooling engineering, program and supply chain management. These services are offered collaboratively at both corporate and plant levels to ensure product quality, optimum deliverability and consistency across all UPG global facilities.

The 62,000 square foot plant features a white-room environment throughout and a Class 100,000 clean room. The plant is also ISO 9001/13485 certified and FDA registered. Equipment at the new facility includes 32 injection molding presses; 26 on the molding floor and 6 in the clean room. A full spectrum of plant offerings include 35 to 720 tons of clamping pressure, optimized material flow, flexible cell-based assembly, tooling repair and maintenance. In addition to the 13,000 square foot molding area, a 9,000 square foot assembly area allows for in-mold decorating (IMD) and other finishing processes.

“Our Tijuana plant, with its clean room and ISO 9001 and FDA certifications, provides custom contract manufacturing capabilities that were not previously available in the region,” says Thomas Cho, VP, Operations. “Our unique location, outside of the crowded industrial district, provides the added benefits of ready availability of labor and proximity to U.S. distribution channels.”

Cho adds that the nearly 100 employees at the plant also are working on a program to aid neighborhood schools, which include a middle school, Secundaria No. 53 Lic. Milton Castellanos Everardo and an elementary school, Escuela General Lazaro Cardenas. “Our plans include after-school activities, as well as providing some needed technology assistance and supplies.”

About UPG
Headquartered in Oak Brook, Ill, UPG ( http://www.upgintl.com/ ) is among the top global contract manufacturers. With more than 615,000 square feet of manufacturing capacity and 300 molding machines in 11 facilities in the United States, Mexico, Europe and China, UPG is dedicated to being the leading international provider of outsourced product development and manufacturing solutions.

Source: UPG
CONTACT: Aaron Katz of Incite Strategic LLC (Agency), +1-262-482-0825,[email protected] , or Chuck Hoar, Vice President, UPG, +1-508-328-0881,[email protected]
Web site: http://www.upgintl.com/


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