PARIS - French plastic parts maker Plastic Omnium will open plants in France and Mexico next year after winning contracts with PSA/Peugeot-Citroen SA and General Motors.
The new French plant will be in eastern France, near Belfort. It will supply PSA's Mulhouse and Sochaux plants with bumpers and fuel tanks for the successor to the Peugeot 306. The plant will employ 185 people.
Plastic Omnium already makes bumpers for the Peugeot 406, made in Sochaux, and bumpers and fuel tanks for the 206, made in Mulhouse and Poissy, France; and Ryton, England.
The 306 successor is scheduled to debut in October 2000.
Together with its French partner Inoplast, Plastic Omnium will open its second Mexican factory early next year. The new plant, near Monterrey, will supply General Motors plants in Mexico and the United States with bumpers, fuel tanks and trunk lids.
Plastic Omnium opened its first Mexican plant in Puebla in 1997. The plant makes bumpers and fenders for Volkswagen's New Beetle.
'Together with our U.S. plant in Anderson, S.C., we have (in North America) industrial facilities that will provide sales of $400 million by 2002,' said Jean Burelle, Plastic Omnium's chairman.
Since Plastic Omnium sold its cockpit and instrument panel business to Visteon last summer, its customer portfolio has changed.
General Motors is now its biggest customer, with 30 percent of sales. Then come Renault, Peugeot, BMW, Ford and Volkswagen Group. Sales outside France make up two-thirds of Plastic Omnium's automotive revenue.