The Group is Opening a New Facility in Chihuahua.

Fagerdala Singapore Pte, Ltd, parent company to the Fagerdala Packaging Group was established in 1983 with the primary focus of being a total packaging solutions provider, while incorporating vertically integrated PE foam extrusion and automation fabrication technologies for use with in house fabrication of cushion packaging products. As a growing company, the Fagerdala  Packaging Group is currently represented in 6 countries with 13 different facilities with a focus on new and emerging markets; covering Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, China, USA , and Mexico with 1,200 employees worldwide.

 

During 2014 Fagerdala increased its facility footprint inside Mexico with the opening of a new custom wooden pallet facility in Chihuahua City. Fagerdala Mexico started operations in Juarez in 2010, investing US$2.5 million. It was very easy and friendly to set up our business in Juarez, with a business oriented government. George Wiswall is the VP for Fagerdala Mexico and He received BorderNOW for a tour at their new plant in Chihuahua. “The initial purpose of this facility was for the manufacturing of custom wooden pallets, for one of our customers that is doing business here in Chihuahua City which is Jabil and their end customer is Hewlett Packard”. The new facility in Chihuahua has also allowed us a much needed presence to provide local JIT deliveries for our foam cushion products.

Since opening the new facility in Chihuahua, Fagerdala has been putting focus towards marketing its new pallet manufacturing capability with both new and existing customers, so to complement their custom cushion packaging solutions. The addition of custom pallet manufacturing allows Fagerdala the ability to provide its customers a more integrated solution in one stop.

Fagerdala has had its core competency with the manufacturing of polyethylene fabricated cushion packaging solutions. To complement and better serve their customers Fagerdala also provides other critical packaging components like outer cartons, protective bags, and of course wooden pallets. “We definitely view pallets as an extension of packaging and we saw the opportunity to open the new facility in Chihuahua as a strategy to grow in other regions of Mexico yet still being proximal enough to our main facility which is in Ciudad Juarez, allowing Fagerdala team members an efficient commute to Chihuahua to help with the setup of this facility” said the VP of Fagerdala Mexico.

The competitive advantages for Fagerdala are result of a very driven team and investments made to build facilities which are vertically integrated with the extrusion of Polyethylene foam for use internally to fabricate their customers cushion packaging products. George Wiswall explained: “In addition to the extrusion of PE foam, Fagerdala is also integrated with foam recycling equipment for the purpose recycling any of scrap PE foam generated in our fabrication process”.

“The scrap material” Wiswall mentioned “is ground and shredded to a smaller size and then pelletized for reuse in our extrusion process at a level up to 100%”.

Fagerdala is also very active in collecting scrap PE foam back from its customers for recycling. In combination to Fagerdala´s vertically integrated material manufacturing, the Company has spent years developing and manufacturing its own automation equipment for its global facilities to assist in the fabrication process. “Another key advantage for Fagerdala is found in its product engineering services, providing clients support with a total solution design, sampling and product testing” stated George Wiswall.
 
To summarize Fagerdala has the advantage of being able to engineer and deliver sustainable cushion packaging solutions, made under the same roof where the foam material is extruded and the cushions fabricated, yielding a cost competitive advantage.
It is important to mention that the Fagerdala Mexico facility in Juarez has is ISO 9001 certified, as well C-TPAT certified. Fagerdala has also initiated the process for its Chihuahua and Indiana facilities to become ISO certified this coming 2015.
George Wiswall is the VP for Fagerdala Mexico and explained it this way: “Fagerdala does have plans to expand further in Mexico, and North America in general. In 2012 Fagerdala also opened its first facility in the United States, locating in Plainfield Indiana where we are also vertically integrated with PE foam extrusion. Growth into different regions for Fagerdala has been a way to better meet a customer’s needs that we are working with in anther region.
Fagerdala is able to work in a variety of industries including electronics, automotive, medical device, defense and consumer. Depending on the market being served will determine the mix of manufacturing. Globally Fagerdala has had its greatest focus in the electronics market, providing solutions for laptops, PC’s, Servers, tablets and other consumer electronics. In Mexico and the USA Fagerdala has also had its focus on electronics, yet we have also been focusing more towards the automotive markets where their cushion products can be utilized in returnable solutions.
As a conclusion, George Wiswall said “Typically the types of fabricated foam cushion solutions offered by Fagerdala are pieced together by hand, similar to the way a puzzle is pieced together. However internal advancements with automation have allowed Fagerdala to minimize manual assembly, allowing for tighter controls on quality, greater consistencies, and higher output, similar to molded products”. 

According to Wiswall, given that the majority of foam products produced for Fagerdala customers are specific to their need, the Company is not able to simply purchase automation equipment. Instead Fagerdala has built its own highly skilled engineering and machinery group which is located at its Singapore headquarters. 

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Arizona Governor Doug Ducey presented a 2020 budget proposal of US$700,000, which would improve refrigerated capacity at international customs between Sonora and Arizona to increase international trade.

In social networks, the president of Arizona said that "Arizona is open to business, and we have investment proposals to bring more trade through the Mariposa checkpoint in Nogales.

The Governor's Office said that the expenses would attract new imports to the international port, and the Fresh Produce Association of the Americas (FPAA) based in Nogales.

The group of investors said in a statement that the investment would help the state to add jobs and increase its tax base.

FPAA president, Lance Jungmeyer, assured last fall to supervisors in Santa Cruz County, Arizona, that 4 prefabricated cold storage units would cost between US$800,000 and US$1 million.

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US – A border shutdown such as the one U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to impose could seriously affect trade between Mexico and the United States, greatly harming Mexico’s maquila industry, upon which more than 3 million jobs depend, as well as US$195 billion in annual exports.

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, bilateral trade amounts to US$1.7 billion per day.

Furthermore, the food sector would also be at risk of losing US$127 million a day in avocado, tomato, beer, corn, and meat exports, according to experts.

Commercial relations between Mexico and the United States showed a trade value of US$527 billion in 2018, out of which US$328 billion resulted from Mexican exports while imports rose to nearly US$199 billion, according to the Ministry of Economy.

Luis Aguirre, president of Consejo Nacional de la Industria Maquiladora y Manufacturera de Exportación (index), Jorge Torres, president of American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico and Ignacio Martinez, coordinator of the Commerce, Economy, and Business Laboratory at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) expressed their concern about U.S. President Donald Trump´s threat to close the border with Mexico, since numerous companies depends largely on trade with the United States.

Mexican exporters said that they this week they were looking into sending their goods to the United States by air freight to avoid a five-mile-long line of trucks at the border caused by the Trump administration moving federal agents away from customs checks to immigration duties.

Source: El Universal

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MATAMOROS – The labor conflict in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, which began in January this year, counts 5,000 layoffs.

"At least 5,000 workers have ended their employment relationship, and the rights of each have been respected," said María Estela Chavira Martínez, Minister of Labor of Tamaulipas.

The labor relationship of the workers has ended, through an agreement in Junta Local de Conciliación y Arbitraje, and those that are of federal competence have taken their case to the federal board; in total it is an average of 390 lawsuits.

Chavira Martínez indicated that there are still four companies that went on strike because they demand a 20% wage increase, plus a bonus of US$1,654, known as the 20/32 movement.

"Of the 85 companies (which called a strike), 81 work in a normal way, 4 of them are still in dialogue with some demonstration on the part of the workers, but in short is gaining the strength of the worker and progress has been made thanks to conciliation," said the official.

Source: El Economista

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5,000 jobs have been lost in Matamoros
MATAMOROS – The labor conflict in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, which began in January this year, counts 5,000 layoffs. "At least 5,000 workers have ende...

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