- THE MAGAZINE
CeramTec North America, a wholly owned subsidiary of CeramTec AG, announced recently that it is closing its facility in Mansfield, Mass., and moving the plant's operations to its North American headquarters in Laurens, S.C. The Mansfield facility has been responsible for the sales, import and distribution of electronic application ceramics, ceramic cutting tools (SPK), as well as its successful substrate lasering operations. All of these activities are being transferred to the larger South Carolina facility near Greenville. "While it is painful to close a successful facility, the demands of our customers for lower costs and challenging quality certifications such as QS-9000 require us to be as lean and efficient as possible," said Walt Dollman, executive vice president. "The facility in Laurens is already QS-9000 for several years and has a full analytical laboratory, tool shop and lower costs related to operating in South Carolina." The move, which is already underway and will be completed within the next few months, is being made to unify the company and its growing market position, as well as enhance existing service and technical support. No products or services are being discontinued as a result of the relocation. All key personnel and manufacturing equipment are being transferred/relocated from Mansfield to Laurens.