Meridian Automotive plans for Mexican SMC facility

The facility, in Saltillo, Mexico, will produce 75 million tons of sheet molding compound annually.

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Meridian Automotive Systems Inc. (Allen Park, Mich.) announced on Feb. 4 that it plans to install sheet molding compounding (SMC) capabilities in Mexico. Meridian's recently constructed facility in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico, will house the company's SMC production for Mexico. At peak production, the Saltillo facility will be capable of producing approximately 75 million lb/34 million kg of SMC annually, which will enable Meridian to sell world-class engineered formulations of SMC sheet to other Mexican-based molders within the growing thermoset composites industry.

Meridian recently hired SMC industry veteran David Hearn to lead the project initiative. Hearn's career spans more than 30 years serving in several key technical and senior leadership roles with Ashland Chemical Co. and Core Molding Technologies. Richard E. Newsted, Meridian's president and CEO, said, "Our investment in SMC production capability is another leading step to support the growing need for mass reduction in our customers' products and will provide a domestic source of high quality SMC for our heavy truck, consumer and industrial products and OEM customers located in Mexico. This facility will complement our existing SMC capacity located at our world-class facility in Grabill, Ind."

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