Livonia’s Key Plastics Installs New, High-Tech Paint System at Mexico Plant


Livonia-based Key Plastics, a manufacturer of plastic components primarily for the automotive industry, has installed a a new paint system at its plant in northern Mexico that processes more than 100 colors, including high gloss paint.

The new flatbed paint system is housed in a 30,000-square-foot facility expansion that was designed specifically to operate in Chihuahua’s desert conditions. The facility offers year-round temperature and humidity control, as well as reverse osmosis water for humidification. Key Plastics also has flatbed paint systems in Shanghai, the Czech Republic, and Portugal.

“Our automotive customers are constantly looking to improve the look and feel of their vehicles, including innovative paint options for plastic parts,” says Kurt Jensen, COO of Key Plastics. “This new system in Mexico, along with the UV hard coat system we launched in China last October, demonstrate our long-standing commitment to provide world-class paint options to our customers.”

On a global scale, the company operates paint facilities in the U.S., Mexico, Germany, Czech Republic, Portugal, and China. Key Plastics, founded in 1986, has 12 manufacturing facilities in seven countries, along with technical centers in four countries. The company’s customers include OEMs and Tier One automotive suppliers, and Key Plastics manufactures interior, exterior, and underhood components.​