Industrial engineering group Fives Grinding (Paris) partnered with Mexican machine tool rebuilder Simsa to create Fives Grinding Mexico. The new company will boost the local presence of the group’s Grinding | Ultra Precision business, which supplies grinding systems mainly for the automotive industry.
Simsa specializes in rebuilding machine tools for the automotive and aerospace industries, and in providing related services. For more than two decades, Fives has worked with Simsa to develop its machine offering in Mexico.
Fives Grinding Mexico, based in Aguascalientes, will have 15 employees recruited from Simsa. The site will host a design office and a 2,500 m2 workshop with the measurement and inspection equipment needed to certify the modernized machines. It will work closely with Fives Landis Corp. (Hagerstown, MD) and will share its design capacities.
The collaboration will offer Mexican industrial players direct support for machine performance optimization:
- Modernizing full production systems, including production of commodity machines to complement the process equipment already offered by Fives; and
- Service solutions throughout the machine lifecycle: optimization of operations and modernization, maintenance, diagnostics, and training.
Fives has supplied more than 120 camshaft or crankshaft grinders, centerless grinders, double disc grinders and cylindrical grinders to Mexican industrial players under the Landis, Giustina, and Daisho brands.
Mexico, with a population of 120 million, is the second biggest economy in Latin America and stands out on the continent for its stability and regular growth (+2% in 2017; source: COFACE). It is the seventh global automotive industry player, producing 3.7 million vehicles in 2017. An electromobility market with strong growth potential is also emerging in the country (data from BusinessFrance).
Fives serves the Mexican automotive industry through three businesses:
- Grinding | Ultra Precision (grinding solutions), recently strengthened by the creation of Fives Grinding Mexico;
- Automation (automation systems) under the brands CentriSpray, CFC, Cinetic, DyAG and ETFA; and
- Filling | Sealing (filling and sealing systems).
Fives has been developing projects in Mexico for more than five decades and started local operations in 1998. The group currently has 120 employees in the country.