Maxiplás investe 13 milhões para expandir em Pombal

A Maxiplás, empresa de componentes para automóveis que serve clientes como a Bosch, a Mercedes-benz, a Porsche e a Scania, vai investir 13 milhões de euros nas respetivas instalações, com o objetivo de se renovar e crescer.

in Negócios, por Ana Batalha Oliveira, 16-07-2019


A empresa Maxiplás vai investir 13 milhões na expansão da respetiva atividade em Pombal, distrito de Leiria, lê-se no site da Câmara Municipal de Pombal.

As obras de expansão da empresa arrancaram no início de julho e espera-se que estejam concluídas até maio de 2020, de acordo com o comunicado pelo administrador do grupo SOCEM, Luís Febra, à data do lançamento da primeira pedra, no passado dia 9 de julho.

O plano passa por ampliar as instalações para o dobro da dimensão atual, pela construção de um armazém que quer incluir práticas mais modernas de logística e, finalmente, pela renovação da tecnologia de produção.

A Maxiplás é especializada no processamento de termoplásticos de engenharia, focada na indústria automóvel e eletrónica e microeletrónica, e está inserida no grupo SOCEM. Os principais clientes são a Bosch, a Mercedes-benz, a Porsche e a Scania.

Atualmente, a Maxiplás emprega 100 pessoas e apresenta um volume de negócios de cerca 12 milhões de euros, sendo que prevê duplicar o seu valor até 2025.

 

 

Teijin To Acquire Benet Automotive To Expand European Automotive Business

Teijin Limited has agreed to wholly acquire Benet Automotive s.r.o.  (Benet), a leading automotive composite and component supplier in the Czech Republic, from Jet Investment. Terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed.

in AftermarketNews, 09-07-2019


Benet, headquartered in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic, is a Tier 1 supplier of composite components to the automotive industry, offering advanced technologies for carbon-fiber-reinforced and glass-fiber-reinforced plastic molding, as well as the painting and assembly of vehicles. The company specializes in reinforced reaction injection molding (RRIM), a low-pressure process using polyurethane; and both conventional autoclave and resin transfer molding (RTM). Benet has three facilities in Czechia and one in Germany to serve European automotive OEMs, including Volkswagen, Mercedes, BMW, Audi and Skoda. The company has 720 employees and recorded sales of EUR 35.2 million (about $40 million U.S.) in fiscal 2018.

Teijin says it is growing its automotive composites business with proprietary lightweight, high-performance materials, and superior design capabilities. It aims to become a multi-material component supply partner of automotive OEM customers served by Teijin hubs in Europe, North America and Asia. In Europe, Teijin acquired Inapal Plásticos SA, a leading automotive-composite supplier in Portugal, in August 2018; and is installing a glass- and carbon-fiber sheet-molding-compound (GF-SMC and CF-SMC) line in the French facility of Continental Structural Plastics, a world leader in automotive composites based in North America, which Teijin acquired in January 2017.

Benet has strategic proximity to the central and eastern regions of the European market where key German and other European OEMs operate production facilities. Teijin says the company’s proven supply record will provide a solid foundation for it to further strengthen its solution development capabilities and sales channels in Europe.

As part of its multi-material strategy, Teijin will leverage Benet’s capabilities in existing development projects and will evolve chemistry innovations with Teijin and CSP’s outstanding material and molding technologies and technical team members to offer innovative automotive composite solutions. The company wants to create new solutions that will meet customers’ future needs for lightness, toughness, design flexibility, productivity and cost-effeteness. Teijin is targeting automotive composite business sales of approximately EUR 1.7 billion (about $2 billion U.S.) by 2030.

 

 

VIANA DO CASTELO LIDERA PRODUÇÃO DE PLÁSTICOS PARA O SETOR AUTOMÓVEL

O Presidente da Câmara Municipal de Viana do Castelo, José Maria Costa, marcou hoje presença no encontro “O cluster do setor de componentes para a Indústria Automóvel”, promovido pelo BPI Empresas, onde apresentou os últimos investimentos que têm sido efetuados no Alto Minho por diferentes produtores de componentes automóveis.

in Rádio Alto Minho, 04-07-2019 


Na sessão, que contou com a presença de Tomás Moreira, da AFIA – Associação de Fabricantes para a Indústria Automóvel, João Pires, da João Pires Internacional Transportes, com moderação de Miguel Ribeiro, do BPI, marcaram presença empresas, associações e entidades públicas. O edil indicou que, para conquistar a fixação de novas empresas, a região apresenta como fatores decisivos a qualidade de vida existente no Alto Minho, os bons serviços públicos existentes por parte das autarquias e a qualidade dos recursos humanos, resultantes da presença de escolas de formação profissional e do Instituto Politécnico de Viana do Castelo (IPVC) como referências para a qualificação dos recursos humanos necessários para as empresas.

O autarca afirmou que Viana do Castelo é hoje o líder nacional da produção de plásticos para o setor automóvel graças a um conjunto de empresas que se tem vindo a fixar na região nos últimos quatro anos. José Maria Costa referiu que a instalação destas novas empresas acentuou o perfil exportador do concelho, tendo contribuído para que, atualmente, Viana do Castelo seja o 16º município mais exportador do país, contribuindo com 1,5% de todas as exportações nacionais.

O cluster automóvel tem sido também responsável, no Alto Minho, pela atração de jovens e de quadros profissionais quer de outras regiões do país, quer de outros países, contribuindo, desta forma, para melhorar os indicadores demográficos da região.

Recorde-se que José Maria Costa já anunciou ser ambição do Município de Viana do Castelo entrar no ‘top ten’ das exportações nacionais até 2020, ano em que o concelho deverá exportar mais de 1.000 milhões de euros, correspondendo 30% ao cluster eólico, 30% setor do papel e 40% ao setor automóvel.

 

 

Subdued sales thwart sellers’ price hike plans

In May, European standard thermoplastic prices continued on a rising trend as higher crude oil and naphtha prices fed through into petrochemical feedstock costs.

in Plastics News Europe, in David Platt, 05-06-2019


Polymer producers initially called for price hikes exceeding the rise in their cost base to extend profit margins. However, polymer demand was relatively subdued for most of the month and sellers found it difficult to meet their pricing goals.

L/LDPE prices increased by slightly more than the €30/tonne rise in ethylene costs as a result of material tightness, but by much less than producers initially wanted. HDPE prices, on the other hand, increased by less than L/LDPE as HDPE availability is considered more comfortable.

Polypropylene prices increased by more than the monomer cost rise due to supply tightened later in the month, but here again price increases were less than producers wanted.

The European PS market registered its fourth consecutive month of hikes, prompted upward by feedstock costs. General-purpose polystyrene contract price settlements were being concluded at €20-25/tonne compared with the €40-50/tonne sellers had initially targeted.

Last month, PVC producers took a tougher line on price increases aimed at improving margins. While producers did not gain quite as much margin improvement as hoped for, they managed to increase prices above the proportionate €15/tonne impact on their production costs of higher ethylene prices.

The PET market saw weak demand and lower prices in May with prices declining by €50/tonne due to a reduction of €70/tonne in paraxylene costs and lower MEG costs.

Demand disappoints

In May, polymer demand was more subdued than would normally be expected across most classes due mainly to weakness in the European economy. However, there were signs of a modest pick-up in sales towards the end of the month. Building sector activity was more in line with seasonal expectations but the automotive sector continued to underperform. In addition, many converters were holding back from placing additional orders in anticipation of lower prices in June and beyond.

Supply variable

Material availability varied widely between product sectors. PS supply is plentiful, LDPE, HDPE and PET supply was better balanced, while LLDPE and PVC tended shorter. PP availability shortened during the month due to several force majeures being called.

• Sabic Europe declared force majeure on ethylene and propylene production on 14th May from one of its two crackers in Geleen, The Netherlands due to a technical malfunction following an accident.

• Braskem declared force majeure on PP production at its site in Schkopau, Germany due to “unforeseen circumstances” at a supplier.

• LyondellBasell declared force majeure on “Clyrell” polypropylene copolymer materials from its production in Ferrara, Italy on 3rd May due to the substantial shortage of ethylene deliveries from its supplier’s cracker.

• As a result of a strike in Moerdijk, The Netherlands since the beginning of April, Shell Nederland declared force majeure on the production of ethylene, propylene and butadiene on 26th April.

The PVC sector also saw a number of disruptions to production:

• KemOne put its PVC customers on allocation for April due to a feedstock shortage stemming from a shutdown at Ineos’ Naphtachimie cracker in Lavera, France.

• Poland’s Anwil was reportedly running their plant at reduced rates after resuming operations in Wloclawek.

• Japan’s Shin Etsu started a four-week planned maintenance programme at its PVC plant in Pernis, the Netherlands mid-April.

June outlook

With crude oil and naphtha prices falling during May, petrochemical feedstock contract prices could potentially settle lower for June.

 

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PLASTICS | May sees mixed developments in prices

in Plastics News Europe, be David Platt, 05-06-2019


L/HDPE

In May, L/LDPE suppliers called for price hikes of €50-70/tonne in an attempt to improve margins following a €30/tonne increase in the monthly ethylene contract price. Sellers managed to obtain price increases just above the rise in feedstock costs as a result of relative tightness for these two products. LDPE prices gained around €40/tonne during May with LLDPE film grades rising €45/tonne over the previous month.

As LLDPE is largely dependent on imports, the sharper rise for LLDPE is explained by a reduction of imported material to Europe, which resulted in lower supply. Production outages at several regional crackers also led to a disruption for LDPE production, although material availability was sufficient to meet demand.

Demand was fairly subdued at the beginning of May but started to recover during final two weeks of the month.

HDPE

Within the PE category, HDPE prices increased by less than L/LDPE as HDPE availability is considered more comfortable. As a result, HDPE suppliers were unable to gain margin improvement across the board. Only blow moulding product achieved a price gain above the €30/tonne rise in feedstock costs. Injection moulding grades tended to settle at less than the rise in ethylene costs while blown film prices settled up by €30/tonne.

In May, HDPE material availability was more than sufficient to meet demand. Injection moulding product was particularly well supplied by imports. It appears that some low-pressure grade producers in supplier countries switched their swing plants from LLD (C4) to HD injection moulding because of more attractive prices.

Demand was fairly subdued at the beginning of May but started to recover during the final two weeks of the month.

PP

In May, the propylene reference price was raised by €20/tonne following the increase in naphtha costs. Polypropylene suppliers responded by calling for price hikes in excess of monomer cost rise to improve the margins.

However, given that supply was adequate and demand rather slow to take off, producers had to rein back on their initial asking prices. Nevertheless, PP prices still managed to increase beyond the monomer cost rise as supply tightened later in the month.

Supply was normal during the first half of the month but shortened as a result of several force majeures being called for propylene and ethylene at major cracker plants towards the end of the month.

Demand was subdued during May. Polypropylene demand continued to be hard hit by the downturn in the automotive sector and the sluggish European economy.

PS

The European PS market registered its fourth consecutive month of hikes, mainly prompted upward by feedstock costs. Major PS players announced planned price hikes of €40-50/tonne after the monthly styrene reference cost settled €32.5/tonne higher. However, contract settlements were being concluded at much smaller levels within the range €20-25/tonne. The surcharge for high-impact material (HIPS) was, as usual, between €115-125/tonne following a rollover for the butadiene contract.

There were no supply restraints; availability has improved significantly and sellers became under pressure to offload surplus stock. It was also reported that imports from the US were arriving in Europe, causing an oversupply.

The weakness of the economy is impacting PS demand. In addition, buyers are holding back from stock building due to an expectation of lower prices in June and beyond as feedstock costs have been falling.

PVC

PVC producers are taking a tougher line on price increases aimed at improving profit margins. In May, major PVC producers announced planned price hikes of €40/tonne. There is increasing margin pressure due to a renewed degradation of the profitability of the European chlorovinyls value chain. As a result, caustic soda prices are declining.

In May, PVC producers did not gain quite as much margin improvement as hoped for. Nevertheless, they managed to increase prices above the proportionate €15/tonne impact on their production costs of higher ethylene.

PVC producers have maintained strict supply controls in recent months and material availability has reduced. Meanwhile, several PVC producers faced production restrictions due to feedstock supply disruption.

PVC demand was at normal seasonal levels although some buyers were holding off purchasing additional volumes due to the higher prices.

PET

The PET market saw weak demand and lower prices in May. PET prices declined by €50/tonne reflecting lower feedstock costs. An initial paraxylene contract price settled down by €70/tonne while monoethylene glycol was also expected to decline by at least €20/tonne.

PET demand was at normal levels in the second half of April as the weather was unusually hot in North-western Europe. However, the expected seasonal pick-up in beverage sector activity in May was delayed due to bad weather in the region. In addition to the cold weather conditions and frequent rains, high inventories also led to weaker pricing.

On the supply side, European plants ran without major interruptions in May with production being ramped up in anticipation of a demand upturn in spring. There was also a good supply of competitively-price import offers from Asia.

 

 

AICEP: Prémio Melhor Investimento atribuído à Simoldes Plásticos

Simoldes Plásticos foi a grande vencedora do prémio AICEP na categoria do investimento. A empresa que pertence ao Grupo Simoldes dedica-se ao desenvolvimento e produção de componentes para o setor automóvel.
“Quero agradecer à AICEP e quero dizer que no futuro o apoio ao investimento é uma grande necessidade”, disse Jaime Sá, representante da Simoldes Plásticos.
in Dinheiro Vivo, 17-05-2019

Tem como principais clientes a Volkswagen, Renault, Seat, Skoda, Nissan, Toyota, Porsche, Honda, Opel, Peugeot e Citroen. O projeto HighTechWrap dotou a Simoldes de uma unidade de revestimentos de peças termoplásticas, com as tecnologias mais avançadas, diversificando a produção e aumentando a sua capacidade de produção. Também as outras duas nomeadas subiram ao palco para receber as respetivas menções honrosas.
Os prémios AICEP Os prémios AICEP servem para distinguir as empresas que se destacaram pelo seu desempenho no desenvolvimento das suas estratégias de internacionalização e investimento em 2017. Dividem-se em duas categorias – Melhor PME Exportadora e Melhor Investimento. Os nomeados para a categoria Melhor PME Exportadora são: Carmo Wood, FAMO – Indústria de Mobiliário de Escritório, Miranda & Irmão e Sociedade Têxtil Vital Marques Rodrigues, Filhos. Na categoria Melhor Investimento, estão nomeadas as empresas Amorim Florestal, Gestamp Aveiro e Simoldes Plásticos.

Steep Plastique advances Portuguese auto parts plant

French auto parts processor Steep Plastique is making good progress with its latest development project with the early stages of a €50m plant in Viana do Castelo, Portugal complete.

in Plastic News Europe, 02-05-2019

When finally constructed, the plastics injection moulding operation, taking shape in the ‘Plastics Valley’ of the Lanheses industrial park, is destined by 2021 to create up to 250 jobs. Its total covered site then is expected to amount to 35,000m2.

Steep Plastique, a tier one supplier based at Saint-Maurice-de-Beynost near Lyon, France, invested around €10m to build the initial stage of the plant. The firm moved into the 7,000m2 facility some eight months ago with a start up workforce numbering around 50.

Today, the plant area has swelled to 14,356m2, with the bulk of the construction space covering 12,790m2 comprising production halls. Administration offices and a workforce social area together take up 1,566m2 on Steep Plastique’s local Lanheses site of 47,793m2.

Completion of the Portuguese plant, which is part of a growing automotive component manufacturing cluster centred in Viana do Castelo in the north west of the country, will take shape in four separate building phases.

Fifty-year-old Steep Plastique specialises in the production of large plastic mouldings for the automotive sector, including covers for the vehicle engine compartment and under body areas.

Production at the firm’s new Portugal operation will target major motor industry export business. The company is understood to be a parts supplier to more than 20 vehicle manufacturers.

Other companies which have set up production units in the ‘Plastics Valley’ industrial cluster in Lanheses industrial park include the French auto components injection moulder Eurostyle Systems. It launched an €18m processing facility.

Also serving the automotive industry from the northern Portugal base are two plants constructed by the vehicle power train supplier BorgWarner and hydraulic components manufacturer Bontaz.

Steep Plastique has other auto parts injection moulding operations in Slovakia,Turkey and Morocco.

 

 

A AFIA dá as boas-vindas ao novo Associado: SOPLAST

A Direcção da AFIA aprovou a adesão da SOPLAST – Moura, Moutinho & Morais, S.A.

in AFIA, 16-04-2019


Fundada em 1980, a SOPLAST conta com uma longa história iniciada com o fabrico de pequenos botões para a indústria têxtil evoluindo posteriormente para o desenvolvimento e produção de componentes técnicos obtidos pelo processo de moldação por injecção para as indústrias automóvel, eletrónica e construção.

Opera num mercado global, exportando mais de 70% da sua produção para a Europa, Ásia e Estados Unidos.

A Soplast tem sede em Valongo.

Para mais informações visite a página da SOPLAST em www.soplast.com

 

Workshop PTC Academy | Reologia – A Ciência do Plásticos

A PTC Academy realizará, no próximo dia 10 de abril, às 19h00 um workshop alusivo ao tema “Reologia – A Ciência do Plástico”.

in PTC Academy, 04-04-2019


Neste evento, os participantes vão ter a oportunidade de saber mais sobre a Reologia, conhecer as vantagens dos estudos reológicos, bem como as etapas da sua realização.

 

Evento gratuito, mas de inscrição obrigatória.

 

A PTC Academy espera por si!

 

www.ptcacademy.pt

Fehst aposta na inovação tecnológica das habitações do futuro

A Câmara de Comércio e Indústria Luso-Alemã visitou esta quinta-feira, dia 28 de março, as instalações da Fehst Componentes, empresa sediada em Braga, especializada no fabrico de componentes para automóveis. Esta visita teve como objetivo dar a conhecer os novos projetos da empresa que está agora a apostar em novas tecnologias, produzindo componentes inovadores para as habitações.

in Braga TV, 29-03-2019


De acordo com Hatto Fehst, administrador e fundador da empresa, nesta visita guiada foi explicado como funciona a organização da empresa desde a comunicação dos operadores com a intenção de chegar à finalidade do que cada cliente pretende, para poder vender o produto. “Nesta visita mostramos, não só as nossas instalações, mas como funciona a nossa organização e como funciona a comunicação para ser transmitida nos vários eixos dos clientes para os operadores. Se o operador hoje não for integrado nas intenções do cliente final, não conseguimos vender o produto. Eles precisam entender que quem trabalha com as peças, sabe mais do que o engenheiro, pois o engenheiro faz a concessão, mas depois o resultado daquele que precisamos vem dos operadores e do conhecimento. Para isso, fazemos formações permanentemente, reciclagens e recolocação”, explicou o fundador.

A empresa detém ainda outras empresas que trabalham com outros componentes para poder diversificar o mercado e atrair outro tipo de clientes, especialmente na aposta da tecnologia da habitação. “Não queremos depender só de um mercado, mas queremos diversificação de clientelas para conseguirmos diversificar também o mercado. Para nós, o futuro são os componentes de eletrónica, elétrica e software integrados. Hoje escolhemos esse ramo e queremos ter esses produtos para os clientes que servem a cidade, que servem aos carros e, principalmente, as casas”, frisou Hatto Fehst.

Para o administrador, é uma mais-valia a empresa estar integrada na cidade de Braga, uma vez que a Universidade do Minho está entre as 500 melhores universidades do mundo. “Somos concorrentes da Bosch, que absorve quase todo o pessoal, e da Aptiv, que contrata muitos engenheiros. Todos nós contactamos as universidades e as instituições para obter mão-de-obra profissional que se encaixe, pois os recursos humanos têm que selecionar e avaliar as pessoas para cada especialidade, porque nós queremos pessoas que se identifiquem com a empresa e têm que ser felizes no trabalho que executam”, finalizou.

O Grupo Fehst detém o controlo da Fehst Componentes, da Enancer Electrónica  e da Siroco – Soc. Ind. de Robótica. A Fehst fabrica componentes decorativos para o interior do automóvel e está a apostar fortemente em componentes eletrônicas, elétrica e softwares integrados nas habitações, sendo uma mais-valia na cidade de Braga.

 

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