Benecke-Kaliko doubles its capacity in San Luis Potosí, Mexico. The comapany opened a new production building immediately adjacent to the existing plant. Xpreshn™ and Xpreshn HD™ foils are produced here for the North American market. The expansion creates numerous new jobs.
Benecke-Kaliko has already been manufacturing Acella®, Yorn®, Xpreshn™ and Xpreshn HD™ foils at the site since 2009. The Xpreshn™ and Xpreshn HD™ production operation has now moved to a dedicated hall where manufacturing facilities include an extruder, painting line and printing machine plus ancillary equipment, numerous adjoining rooms and additional warehouse space. This enables production of the Xpreshn™ and Xpreshn HD™ materials to match Acella® and Yorn® production while both areas continue to grow.
“All of our customers in the North America region benefit from the new production line,” declared Dr. Dirk Leiss, Benecke-Kaliko’s CEO, at the opening ceremony in San Luis Potosí. “This is our response to the continued growth in demand for high-quality soft-touch surface materials for the automotive industry in this region.” That is because Benecke-Kaliko is one of the world’s leading premium suppliers of automotive interior foils and this expertise is becoming more and more in demand as greater emphasis is being put on vehicle interior quality as a differentiator.
The material that is produced in the new hall enables complex component geometries which previously were only possible with alternative technologies. In addition, the foils combine environment-friendly lightweight construction with exclusive interior design. Xpreshn™ and Xpreshn HD™ are based on polyolefins and have a lower density than standard cover materials, resulting in a weight savings of up to 50%. They also feature high aging resistance to light, heat and chemical and mechanical influences and have an excellent look and feel.
Thanks to their outstanding environmental life cycle – from harvesting of the raw material to production and use and on to disposal – the foils are especially suitable for manufacturers whose focus is on sustainable vehicles. A study by Benecke-Kaliko has shown that the lightweight Xpreshn™ foil has a 48 percent better CO2 footprint than standard foils.
Benecke-Kaliko’s surface materials are manufactured to the same high environmental and quality standards worldwide. Local production in the world’s major automotive markets ensures savings on transport distances and thus contributing in this way too to environmental conservation.