At the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Governor Mike Pence, Massimo Pavin, Sirmax’s chief executive officer, and Mayor Kevin S. Smith announced the arrival of Sirmax North America, Inc. to Anderson, Indiana. Sirmax’s first North American production facility will bring over $25 million in investment and 50 jobs to the central Indiana city.
“We welcome Sirmax to Anderson. Sirmax is an important Italian company with factories in Brazil, Poland, Italy and now USA. Sirmax's announcement marks Anderson's continued record job growth, our success rebuilding the former Guide Lamp site, and our growing world-‐wide reputation for being a great place for new business,” stated Mayor Kevin S. Smith.
Founded in 1964 under the name SIRTE, Sirmax, a Cittadella, Italy-‐based company, produces and supplies plastic compounds and resins used in the automotive, home appliance, electrical and furniture industries, and has grown to be the second largest independent polypropylene compounder in Europe. Since 2005, Sirmax has grown to operate five manufacturing and sales facilities across the globe, including three facilities in Italy, a facility in Poland and a facility in Brazil, in addition to sales subsidiaries in Germany, France and Spain.
“The City of Anderson, Mayor Smith, and the City’s Economic Development team have won our trust and our business with their relentless commitment to meeting our needs toward our success in the US and North American market. Without their help this would not be possible. We look forward to a long and successful partnership with Mayor Smith and the City of Anderson,” said Massimo Pavin.
Sirmax has already begun the process of building a new 141,000 square foot facility on the former GM Guide Lamp factory located in Anderson which is a brownfield that is currently owned and marketed by RACER Trust. With construction commencing in the coming months, the company anticipates an operational date of October 2015 to serve its automotive and appliance customers, including a U.S.-‐ based client that signed a $20 million per year contract with Sirmax late last year.
With 200 employees located across its European and South American locations, Sirmax will begin to hire engineers, administrators, machine operators, quality control professionals, skilled equipment mechanics and production line associates for its Anderson location beginning in September 2015.
Over the past decade, Anderson has actively cultivated relationships with international companies and has attracted foreign capital, talent, and technologies. Sirmax’s investment will continue the growth of international companies locally and will kick start the redevelopment of one of the largest brownfield sites in Anderson.
Sirmax was established in 1999 after the merge of Maxplast and Sirte, operating since 1964. Sirmax headquarter is based in Italy in Cittadella (Padova) and is specialized in the production of polypropylene (PP) and other engineering polymers (PA, ABS, PC, PBT, PPO, POM, etc) compounds for the automotive, appliance, power tools, households, furniture, electrical & electronic. Sirmax is ranked 6th in the European PP Compound producers (2nd among the ones not integrated with a petrochemical plant). It employs 200 people for a consolidated turnover of €160 M in 2014. The management is under 45, with a high percentage of university graduates.
Sirmax comprehends six production plants, based in Italy (3, Cittadella, Tombolo, Isola Vicentina), Poland (Kutno-‐ Lodz), Brazil (Jundiaì-‐Sao Paulo) and United States (Anderson, IN) and five sales offices (Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Poland).
Main direct customers (or supplied through Tier 1s) of Sirmax are Whirlpool, Bosch, Siemens, Indesit, Kaercher, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Volkswagen Group, Daimler (Mercedes), PSA (Peugeot-‐ Citroen), Philips, Honeywel and Ikea.