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Jade expands in China; emphasis on off-shore moulds

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US plastic produces moulder Jade Group International has expanded its China operations in response to growing demand for its products in North America, Canada, and Europe. In December, the company moved its tooling operation into a new 1,600-sq-m leased location in Zhongshan, Guangdong Province.

Jade has grown dramatically since its founding in 2006 and outgrew its current manufacturing facility in Zhongshan, which is located just five minutes away from the new location. The first factory, which combined both mould building and plastics processing, will now only manufacture plastic parts.

“We’re excited about establishing this new mold making facility because it enables us to meet increasing customer demand throughout the world,” said Patrick Smith, President of Jade Group International. “This is an important first step that will unlock key business opportunities and firmly position us for future growth.”

Jade opened its tooling operation in China in 2006 and later added manufacturing, assembly, and packaging in 2013. The company combines the advantages and convenience of US engineering/production standards and communications with the cost competitiveness, skilled labour supply, and high production capacity of off-shore operations. Jade has salespeople located throughout the US and engineering and project management staff who work remotely in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and other locations.

“Offshore moulds offer lower cost and therefore the ability for our clients to bring more new products to market within the same budget,” said Smith. “Producing more new products equates to a greater chance of success for our clients.”

Smith notes that the company’s China tooling business emulates US CNC machining processes and is distinguished by reduced mould fit-up (fitting) and significantly reduced lead times. Jade produces moulds for press sizes ranging from 20-2,000 tonnes.

Jade manufactures a range of plastic parts for various industries including consumer goods, industrial, packaging, and automotive. The company serves as a contract manufacturer for many of its customers, performing injection moulding and all related secondary operations, assembly, and packaging.

In China, Jade employs 35 at its new tooling facility and another 35 at its plastics processing plant. In the US, the company employs eight people in sales, customer service, engineering, and project management.

The company says its mission is to help North American and European injection moulding companies compete globally and to re-shore injection moulding. Most of Jade’s efforts are focused on re-shoring manufacturing business to North America. The company believes in the 90/10 rule: the overall spend for most plastics programs should have 90% on-shore and only 10% spent off-shore. Offshore moulds offer lower cost and therefore the ability for clients to bring more new products to market within the same budget. Producing more new products equates to a greater chance of success for Jade’s clients.

(IMA)


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