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Operation Commences at Mexico Plant’s Third Production Line for Automotive
Laminated Glass Interlayer Films
Dec 12, 2017

SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD

Opening Ceremony Held on December 5


SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD. (President and Representative Director: Teiji Koge; hereinafter, “SEKISUI CHEMICAL”) announces that the High Performance Plastics Company (President: Keita Kato) has added a third production line to the Mexico Plant in response to increasing manufacturing capacity of automobile makers in the Central and South America market. Construction was completed in June 2017 and full-scale operation will commence from January 2018. The new line will mainly produce high-performance interlayer films with better sound insulation than conventional products.

Our Mexico Plant was established in 1971 and is the second oldest of our Group’s plants for laminated glass interlayer films. In the past, the North American plant corresponded to North American market demand and the Mexico plant corresponded to Central and South America market demand. However, the entire Americas market is growing robustly and the present increase in demand is being met mainly by imports from Japan. Now, with the expansion of the manufacturing capacity of our Mexico Plant, the entire Americas demand will soon be met by the Mexico and North America plants, and our competitiveness will be even stronger.

Our Mexico Plant is operated by SEKISUI CHEMICAL’s consolidated subsidiary SEKISUI S-LEC MEXICO S.A. de C.V., which is a joint venture with Marubeni Corporation (Head Office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo; President and CEO: Fumiya Kokubu). We collaborate with Marubeni Corporation for the sales of our interlayer film products in the South America market.


On December 5, an opening ceremony was held at our Mexico Plant. Government officials, such as those from the state of Morelos in Mexico and the Embassy of Japan in Mexico, as well as local glass manufacturers who are our customers, were invited to the ceremony. Approximately 150 people, including representatives from Marubeni Corporation and SEKISUI CHEMICAL, attended the event.



Opening ceremony (new plant building in the background)

 

Sekisui Chemical’s interlayer film business

SEKISUI CHEMICAL has expanded globally the manufacturing and sale of interlayer films for laminated glass, and we boast the world’s top share of the automotive interlayer film market (for fiscal 2016, based on SEKISUI CHEMICAL’s projection). We continue to strengthen our manufacturing capacity to correspond to increases in the number of automobiles manufactured and expansion of the glass area of a single automobile. Specifically, the demand for high-performance interlayer films developed for increased automobile interior comfort needs continues to increase, such as for sound insulation interlayer film, heat insulation interlayer film, sound and heat insulation interlayer film, and wedge-shaped interlayer film for head-up displays. Most notably, the use of sound insulation interlayer film is expanding from windshields to other parts such as front doors and roof panels, and its sale is steadily expanding. Moving forward, we will continue to promote development and sales of high-performance films even more actively, and expand our interlayer film business to contribute to the continuously growing automobile industry.




Interlayer film for laminated glass


Mexico Plant Overview

1.

Operating company

SEKISUI S-LEC MEXICO S.A. de C.V.

2.

Establishment

May 15, 1971

3.

Location

Calle 21 Este, No.524, CIVAC, Jiutepec, Morelos, 62578 Mexico

4.

Representative

President P. Cordoba Najera

5.

Products

Interlayer films for laminated glass (normal interlayer films and sound insulation interlayer films)

6.

Manufacturing capacity

10 million automobiles per year (3 million automobiles per year before completion of third production line)

7.

Land

17,700 ㎡

8.

Number of Employees

116 (as of November 1, 2017)

 

SEKISUI CHEMICAL Group’s interlayer film manufacturing locations

Plant name

Location

Operation started

Product manufactured

Shiga Minakuchi Plant

Koka City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan

1960

Standard, sound insulation, and heat insulation films

Mexico Plant

Morelos State, Mexico

1974

Standard and sound insulation films

Netherlands Plant

Roermond City, The Netherlands

1997

Standard and sound insulation films

Thailand Plant

Rayong Province, Thailand

2002

Standard film

China Plant

Suzhou City, Jiangsu Province, China

2004

Standard and sound insulation films

North America Plant

Kentucky State, U.S.

2007

Standard and sound insulation films

 

 

Press Contact

SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
Public Relations Group, Business Strategy Department
Fax: +81-(0)3-5521-0510


Disclaimer

This press release may contain forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements due to changes in global economic, business, competitive market and regulatory factors.
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