The facility will manufacture Hexacomb’s full line of paper-based honeycomb protective packaging products, including sheets, runners, edge and corner protectors.
“Due to the sizeable demand in Mexico for Hexacomb products, we are adding a second manufacturing facility there. We believe the increased demand for our products is due to their superior construction and performance compared to other honeycomb options. Our customers, who range from large multinational corporations to smaller regional companies, want to make sure their products are well protected during shipment,” said Scott Daniel, Hexacomb president.
The company is currently looking for a facility that will be able to house core and panel making equipment, eventually producing 90 million square feet of product annually. It expects to finish the site selection process by the fourth quarter of this year.
“Today, we supply many customers in central Mexico from our Monterrey facility, which is located in the northeastern part of the country. Over the next year, we expect to grow our business in the central region even further, which is driving the need for additional manufacturing capacity in the Querétaro area,” Daniel said.
The additional Hexacomb honeycomb production output will address growing demand from multiple market segments including automotive, glass, spinning mills, appliances and food/beverage. The company plans on starting the new operation with approximately 20 employees and will likely scale up to between 40 and 50 people when the plant is at full capacity.
“It’s important to locate a manufacturing facility in close proximity to our customers. This has a positive impact on both speed-of-delivery and freight costs and is in keeping with the environmentally-responsible nature of our product line,” Daniel said.
Hexacomb, engineered into a proprietary honeycomb configuration, is made from renewable fibers. The product offers excellent strength, superior cushioning, and blocking/bracing functions for a wide range of protective packaging and other applications.