Injection Molding/Mold Making In Mexico

After spending two rather intense weeks working in central Mexico with a major US plastics corporation I came away with a few observations regarding the current status of plastic injection mold making/molding industry in this delightful country.

Ironically, my wife and I were channel surfing in our hotel room and ended up watching a movie called “Bordertown”, with Jennifer Lopez and Antonio Banderas.  The movie was inspired by true events in Cuidad Juarez, right on the US border. Mexican female workers were disappearing, the apparent victims of homicide. Jennifer Lopez and Antonio Banderas are impassioned reporters who are determined to uncover the truth, which eventually leads to Banderas’ murder.

The movie is obviously biased against the US corporations building factories along the border, all as a result of NAFTA. The factories, or maquiladoras are presented as sweat shops that greedily exploit impoverished Mexican workers, primarily women.

So, the following morning I had the interesting experience of riding to work with the American operations manager of the company I was working with.  I asked him about the existence of such maquiladoras and he acknowledged their existence and role in manufacturing.

We had an interesting conversation about working conditions, the environment, NAFTA, worker’s rights, and the fact that his company is a maquiladora.  As with almost everything, it is the extreme examples that make the news.

The shop I worked in was clean, safe and very well run. The workers were obviously happy and glad to have a job there. I saw no signs of pollution or dumping of anything. The industrial park housed many other global companies, such as Makino, Engel, Autoliv, Brose, and Iscar.

Mold Making In Mexico

From my experience, mold making in Mexico is rather underdeveloped. The few suppliers my host used were either equipped for huge molds or unable to do intricate work. Every mold I worked on was made in either the US or Germany.  I saw no Mexican built molds.

Plastic Injection Molding In Mexico

Plastic molding companies abound in central Mexico. In the industrial park where I worked there were numerous global companies who reportedly operate at near capacity. The lack of readily available supplies is, however, a constant problem.

For example: you cannot just call up Grainger or MSC and get the molding supplies delivered same day or overnight. In fact, you might just have to wait a while to get it at all. This seemed to be improving, according to the molding managers I spoke with.

Conclusion

From the up-close-and personal viewpoint of a mold maker working at a global plastic injection molding plant in central Mexico, molding is alive and well. Opportunities are there for molding suppliers and skilled workers with engineering degrees.

 

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10 comments

  1. Nice blog, I agree with you that molding plant in Central Mexico is alive. There are many companies in Mexico which do business of molding. we have injection molding (moldeando inyeccion de plastico) capabilities that can be utilized on your new or existing products. We have highly qualified team. Our qualified staff can help to determine the optimum process to help you get the most cost-effectiveness as possible.

    • Ruben – I am looking for an old College friend who’s father had a Plastic Injection Molding business in Mexico City in the 1950s & 60’s. His name is Abi Valesquez and his sister was Milka Valesques at that time. Would you happen to know them? I’ll be traveling through Mexico City this Wed. and have a six hour layover between flights and would like to see them. Thanks for your help in my search.

      R. Fred Howard
      chosenrescue82@gmail.com

  2. We are a bar supply company located in Las Vegas – trying to get some simple injection molded items done in Mexico instead of China ( where we get most of our supplies).
    We have hotels here wanting us to produce customized swizzle sticks with their logos on them – the volume is quite large, but we do not know how to find possible Mexican suppliers.
    Could you help us ?

  3. we are Chinese moldmaker, we are looki
    ng for partner inMexico, we would like to set up repair center in partners facility. any Mexico mold ma
    ker interest to cooperate with us,pls contact me.

  4. Hello Ruben, I am investigating the injection molding market in Mexico at the moment, and was wondering, if you could give me a more precise hint on where the injeciton molding companies are here located? In which states and do you know by any chance, how many? Thank you!! Best, Teresa Maria

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