Eypex Corporation and Proper Group International Announce Strategic Alliance
19 March 2020
Eypex Corporation and Proper Group International expanded their decades-long relationship by announcing the signing of a binding letter of intent to create a strategic alliance to jointly design, develop, market and manufacture automotive lighting components. This partnership provides a solution for cost-effective operations through a cross-sharing agreement allowing the strengths of each company to outperform a singular centric organization. Their joint focus will be the automotive market for small lamps, which is rapidly growing based on autonomous driving, personal customization and accent lighting
"With this agreement, each company can maintain their individual identities while leveraging each other's capabilities in our jointly targeted markets and applications," said Geoff O'Brien, CEO of Proper Group International. "Taking a chapter from the Nissan/Renault alliance, we're establishing cross-company teams to manage key areas of engineering, product design, sales and marketing, program management and purchasing. These teams will provide best practices for use by each organization while designing and delivering advanced lighting solutions to the automotive market."
"Our customers are looking for new supply chain solutions to provide cutting-edge technologies and the global footprint of the large tier 1 supplier, packaged in a smaller more agile and responsive organization," said Clarence Martin, President of Eypex. "This alliance allows us the flexibility to manufacture in North America and Asia for each respective market, with product development and testing resources in Suzhou and Detroit," said Robert Granata, CEO of Eypex. "Our strategy to efficiently service and supply our customers regionally elevates us above many of the independent, offshore small lamp suppliers who have struggled with recent supply chain and trade issues."
About Proper Group International
Proper Group International LLC was founded in 1971 as a moldmaker for the automobile industry. Led by innovation and engineering, the group has expanded into manufacturing, supplying plastic components and assemblies to the automotive exteriors, automotive lighting and consumer markets. The group's technology business unit provides tooling, prototypes and texturing to the plastics industry. Headquartered in Warren, Michigan, Proper's manufacturing group has plants in Nashville, Tennessee; Anderson, South Carolina; and Michigan. For more information, visit www.propergroupintl.com.
Eypex Corporation, formerly Commercial Imports and Assembly, was founded in 1998 as one of the original suppliers of rare earth magnetic assemblies in the automotive industry. Known for its extensive global supply base and experienced leadership, Eypex provides magnetic fastening solutions, interior and exterior lighting, and injection-molded assemblies to automotive customers around the globe. Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Eypex has two facilities in Michigan and an operation in Suzhou, China. For more information, visit www.eypex.com or follow the latest Eypex news and more on LinkedIn.