Plastics Technology — Originally opened and dedicated by Mexican President Vicente Fox in 2006, GW Plastics has expanded the business and capabilities of its facility in Querétaro, adapting and evolving along with that country’s thriving injection molding market.
In its corporate “Mission and Values” statement, custom injection molder and moldmaker GW Plastics says of its clientele, “Customers are the only reason for our existence and must be treated as such.” It was that spirit of service that brought GW to the central Mexican city of Querétaro in 2006—its first foray outside the U.S.—to better serve customers that had ventured south, and it is that same dedication that pushes the company to continuously improve that operation, which is now entering its 13th year.
“We try to cultivate long-term business relationships with our customer base,” explains Justino Barrientos, sales manager for GW Plastics Querétaro. “We don’t want to have a one-year relationship; we want to be there for many years and to keep growing that base.”
Featuring 26 highly standardized injection molding machines from Sumitomo Demag and Engel, ranging in clamp force from 60 to 660 tons, the approximately 52,000-ft2 operation has seen numerous changes over the last dozen years, with more in the works. When Plastics Technology visited in the fall of 2018, blueprints of the facility sat on plant manager Eric Olvera’s desk. The company was considering plans to boost capacity by 30% via an expansion and reconfiguration of its current space, which, without any new construction could house up to 31 injection machines, according to Olvera.
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