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Sapa Extrusions North America / Revenue: $1.8 billion / Headquarters: Rosemont, Ill. / Employees: 4,500 / Specialty: Aluminum extrusions Mats Johansson, plant manager: “Short lead times are becoming more and more of a demand. We have to be very flexible to meet demands from customers.” Adjusted to Change in north america, sapa extrusions grows during challenging times by maintaining a flexible operation. by jamie morgan sapa extrusions says it is the world’s leading supplier of solutions using extruded aluminum profiles. In light of changing economic times, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) don’t want excess parts – some that may never be used – sitting on the factory floor taking up space. On the other hand, they don’t necessarily want to wait for these parts, either – when they need it, they need it and not a second before or after. With OEMs rushing toward the just-in-time philosophy, suppliers have to be able to move quickly. Sapa Extrusions, a business area within Sapa Group, is set up to do just that. Sapa Extrusions is the world’s leading supplier of solutions using extruded aluminum profiles. Its client base 74 WINTER 2012 includes the construction, automotive, renewable energy, distribution and transportation industries. Its European market share sits at 14 percent. In 2000, the Stockholm, Swedenheadquartered company made its way into the U.S. market with the acquisition of a Portland, Ore., plant. It has since added 15 other North American plants and its North America market share sits around 29 percent. Mats Johansson, plant manager of the Portland operations, says that the company delivers the flexibility that clients are looking for. “Short lead times are becoming more and more of a demand,” Johansson says. “We have to be very flexible to meet demands from customers because the customers themselves are running very low inventories, so we have to respond to their demands very quickly.” Sapa Extrusions accomplishes this in a number of ways – the simplest of all being express shipping programs. Beyond that though, the company itself is organized to thrive in a world with tight lead times. Made to Meet Demand The Portland facility’s vertical integration has served it especially well. Stopping short of supplying its own raw materials, Sapa Extrusions does

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Manufacturing Today - Winter 2012
Wauseon Machine
Applied Energy Solutions
Carter Control Systems
Global Technology Systems
Positech Corp.
Tampa Tank Inc./Florida Structural Steel
Carbide Products
Datacard Group
Fullerton Tool Co. Inc.
Honda of South Carolina
Fintube LLC
Sapa Extrusions North America
ACE Controls Inc.
Vendors Exchange International Inc.
EXEL North America
DJO Global
Capewell Components Co.
U.S. Sugar Corp.
Industrial Magnetics Inc.
Lakeside Plastics Ltd.
Norpak Handling Ltd.
Mid-State Machine Products
TenCate Protective Fabrics
The Dupps Co.
Western Manufacturing Ltd.
Wisconsin Plastics Inc.
Metrolina Greenhouses
LaSalle Bristol LP
Clarion Bathware
DAP Products Inc.
Honsa Ergonomic Technologies Inc.
Engineered Material Solutions LLC
Master Spas Inc.
Nypro Inc.
Kelly-Moore Paints
Palomar Technologies
U.S. Chemical & Plastics Inc.
Varflex Corporation
Votaw Precision Technologies
Watry Industries
Wigwam Mills
Banker Steel Co.
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Manufacturing Today - Winter 2012