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Aluminum die caster MPP expanding

Keywords: Tags  Madison Precision Products, aluminum, die caster, Corinna Petry

CHICAGO — Aluminum die caster Madison Precision Products Inc. (MPP) has announced a $16-million expansion.

The project, which is slated for completion next spring, is MPP’s second major capital project in three years, vice president Kevin Turner told AMM.

MPP’s Madison, Ind., facility will be expanded by nearly 73,000 square feet and the new equipment will effectively create a second line that will double production of rocker shaft cam holders while mitigating risk by ensuring that there’s no downtime.

“If any one line goes down for any reason, we can manage that risk,” Turner explained. “We are supplying engine plants, and at the volumes we’re talking about, a shutdown would impact the customers’ production lines very quickly. So if one of our lines needs to be serviced, we can continue uninterrupted.”

MPP die casts aluminum automotive engine parts for a Japanese automaker’s North American assembly operations, according to Turner.
A subsidiary of Kawagoe, Japan-based Metts Corp., MPP casts 1.75 million pounds of aluminum alloy parts per month and assembles 15 parts per component. After the second line is installed, MPP will be able to build 3,300 component sets per day, up from the current 1,500 sets.

The sets are shipped to engine makers that supply the automaker, which Turner declined to identify. “We have 25 high-pressure die casting machines and we are getting ready to add two to four more in the next few months,” he said regarding melting capacity. “We are also adding process improvements.”

With the expansion, the MPP plant will encompass roughly 304,000 square feet.

The ongoing expansion program will allow MPP to be more competitive globally while also saving time and money for customers by doing more work in-house and shipping a finished product only once, to the end customer, rather than to machinists and assemblers, according to Turner.

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