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Nanogate Jay Systems
www.Nanogate.com / HQ: Mansfield, Ohio / Employees: 420 (U.S.) / Paul Boggs, vice president and COO: "I think we operate like a start-up."
given a surge in crossover and SUV
sales in the United States.
For Nanogate, which makes some
of the same components and has very
similar processes, the purchase represents an opportunity to become
more globally integrated in response
to the needs of its customers that have
operations in the United States, including VW, BMW and Mercedes. This
also allows Nanogate to provide product globally and to ship from multiple
locations that are region specific to
better serve its customers and reduce
nanogate jay systems' components
are found in vehicles from
manufacturers such as ford,
honda and dodge ram trucks.
nanogate ag and jay plastics have become a
major tier ii automotive supplier. by chris kelsch
When Nanogate AG, a German
plastics manufacturer and automotive supplier, purchased Jay Plastics
in December, it had been looking to
expand its operations in the United
States for at least a year. Though it already had six operations in Europe, it
was looking for a foothold in the growing US automotive market and for an
opportunity to serve its other global
Nanogate was not, however, looking to build from scratch, as that
would be too costly. Instead, it wanted to acquire an established player in
the field. That is why it purchased Jay
Plastics in Mansfield, Ohio, after nine
months of negotiations.
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Paul Boggs, vice president and
COO of newly formed Nanogate Jay
Systems, reports that the merger has
gone smoothly. "When the decision
was made to join the two companies,
one of the deciding factors was that
there wasn't a lot that was going to
change," Boggs says. "It's going very
well at this point, four months in."
The reason that there hasn't been a
lot of change is because both companies operate in a very like fashion, have
similar processes and already share
some of the same customers. Jay Plastics has experienced strong sales in
recent years for its automobile lighting components and interior finishes.
The company has done extremely well
Nanogate Jay Systems' Mansfield operations will continue to concentrate
on manufacturing lighting components. "Right now we are very large
into lighting as a Tier II supplier,"
Boggs notes. "Almost every Ford vehicle, along with Honda and Dodge Ram
trucks, have a lot of our components
In addition to its work with lighting,
Nanogate Jay Systems also expects
to excel in the making of high-quality interior finishes. As domestic automakers continue to improve the
quality of their interior finishes, Nanogate Jay Systems should see continued demand for its paint finishes.
"You're seeing a lot more demand for
premium finishes," Boggs explains.
"We have greatly upgraded our paint
finishes for interiors, such as a highgloss piano black finish. We have set
ourselves up to be one of the leading
players in that game."
Among the newer products Nanogate Jay Systems will continue to
develop will be replacements for typical hard chrome finishes. According
to Boggs, the company is developing "Nmetals Chrome" technology,
which is a PVD-based finish, as op-