Archive for February, 2003

Roechling Haren: Takeover of Constab’s extrusion division

Thursday, February 20th, 2003

Röchling Haren KG, Germany, has acquired the Czech textile fibre manufacturer and compounder Silon and integrated it into the Röchling Haren group under the name Röchling Technicke Plasty s.r.o. The new company will continue to be located at the Silon headquarters. The division extrudes sheet and welding rods of PE and PP. The portfolio of the new Czech subsidiary will be extended by the products of the Röchling Haren group. Silon is part of the masterbatch and compounding company Constab, Germany. As part of the reorganisation of the group, which has been under way since November 2002, Silon has taken over the BOPP and PP specialities divisions from the former German Constab site of Rüthen.

Silgan Holdings: Purchase of Thatcher Tubes LLC

Wednesday, February 19th, 2003

Silgan Holdings Inc., USA, has acquired the assets of Thatcher Tubes LLC, a privately held manufacturer and marketer of decorated plastic tubes serving primarily the personal-care industry. Thatcher Tubes operates manufacturing facilities in Woodstock and Culiacan, Mexico, and had sales in 2002 of approximately US$29 million. While a relatively small tube manufacturer, Thatcher has built a reputation as a quality supplier of differentiated plastic tubes, particularly for the personal-care market. This acquisition expands Silgan Plastics’ leadership position in plastic containers for the personal-care market. Purchase price for the assets, including additional production capacity recently installed and currently being installed, was US$32 million.

Trico Products: Concentration on Brownsville plant

Wednesday, February 19th, 2003

Trico Products, the world’s largest windshield-wiper manufacturer, is closing its Buffalo plant and expanding its Brownsville operations. The move includes a 30,000-plus square-foot building expansion and between 30 and 40 manufacturing jobs for the local economy, said Martin Kennedy, Trico vice president of operations. The 200-employee Buffalo location will close by the end of the year, Kennedy said. Buffalo is the founding location of the company and has been there since 1917, though it was significantly downsized in 1986 with the opening of the Brownsville plant, located at the Brownsville/South Padre Island International Airport on Billy Mitchell Boulevard. Brownsville, with about 600 employees, will now be the sole U.S. manufacturing site for Trico, owned by British holding company Tomkins PLC.

CPI Plastics: Two additional leases for manufacturing, warehousing, assembly and distribution

Monday, February 17th, 2003

CPI Plastics Group Limited announced it has completed negotiations and executed two additional leases for manufacturing, warehousing, assembly and distribution facilities in Mississauga, Ontario and Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. The new design build Mississauga plant which is located within close proximity of the Companies other five Mississauga manufacturing plants, will contain approximately 105,000 square feet of manufacturing space and 37,000 square feet of office space and will be used primarily to produce eon(TM) related products, including fencing, and spa cladding profiles. It will also accommodate CPI’s new corporate head office. When fully equipped it is estimated that this facility will be capable of housing approximately 40 extrusion lines with annual capacity in excess of $100 million.
The new design build Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin manufacturing plant will be used to house the manufacturing business recently acquired from Mid America Bag. It will consist of approximately 100,000 sq. ft. and include manufacturing, assembly, warehousing and distribution (including 3,000 sq. ft. of office space) and a rail spur line. The new facility will be used to accommodate the current plastic bag extrusion business carried on in its leased North Chicago, Illinois plant and will contain ample space to meet anticipated increased demand. When fully equipped this facility will be capable of generating approximately $60 million in revenue. Total capital expenditures related to these two new facilities are expected to be in the range of $10 to $12 million. CPI will take occupancy of both plants during the latter part of 2003.

Holmbush International: Expansion of extrusion capacity

Monday, February 17th, 2003

UK-based Holmbush International is to invest €221,000 to double its extrusions output. The company has secured a loan of €76,000 towards the investment from Finance Cornwall. It has already added a Plastex machine; managing director Terry Chynoweth forecast a further line will be in production by the end of the year.
Holmbush’s customers include manufacturers of greenhouses, conservatories, windows and garden and DIY products. Chynoweth was sure that the 20-strong workforce could double the company’s output. He hoped turnover would increase to €3.05m-€3.8m over the next five years.

GE Plastics: US$ 1mil facility upgrade in Malaysia

Friday, February 14th, 2003

GE Plastics Malaysia will invest US$1mil this year to upgrade its multi-walled polycarbonate sheet manufacturing facility in Klang, Malaysia. GE Plastics South-East Asia managing director Kyu-Hwan Cho said part of the investment included provision for developing its employees’ skills. “We believe that the enhanced employee skills and technology upgrades will help improve production quality and manufacturing efficiency,” he said at the opening of GE Plastics’ multi-wall polycarbonate sheet extrusion facility by International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz in Klang. The 70,000 sq ft facility in Klang is highly automated and employs 30 workers.

Alcoa: Acquisition of Owens Corning PVC siding plantng Plant

Friday, February 14th, 2003

Alcoa Home Exteriors, USA, will purchase Owens Corning’s vinyl siding plant in Atlanta. The plant, which has 120 employees, was scheduled for closing by Owens Corning. Alcoa plans to integrate the facility into is vinyl siding operations.

Ciba: Additive for polyolefin fibres and nonwovens

Friday, February 14th, 2003

Ciba Irgasurf HL 560 is a durable hydrophilic internal additive for polyolefin fibres and nonwovens. Added to the polymer during the extrusion step in the fibre spinning, spunbond or meltblown process, Irgasurf HL 560 is an alternative to topical finishes. Typical applications are hygiene and medical nonwovens, wipes and absorbent fabrics, as well as technical items such as filters and battery separators.
Irgasurf HL 560 gives polyolefin fibres and fabrics a durable, wettable surface effect. Treatment with Irgasurf HL 560 ensures that polypropylene nonwovens absorb up to eight times their own weight of water. Strike- through times on treated fabrics are less than three seconds. Irgasurf HL 560 not only makes polypropylene fabric absorbent but also gives it antistatic properties and reduces friction. The resulting softness and pleasant feel of the fabric increases the comfort of items such as diapers, adult incontinence pads and feminine care products. Info: [email protected]

Enercon: Higher productivity for narrow web converters

Thursday, February 13th, 2003

In a competitive environment even a small gain in productivity adds to a company’s profits. That’s why more narrow web converters are turning to Enercon’s TL Max™ for reliable corona treating that’s easy to set-up and simple to maintain.
In setting the standard for ease of use, the TL Max™ incorporates a number of unique design features. It effectively treats metallized and non-metallized substrates without having to stop the press to change ground rolls or flip a switch. Its ingenious hinged and pivoting electrode assembly configuration allows operators to quickly set-up and maintain the treater. This design maximizes uptime by enabling operators to perform routine clean-in-place maintenance. Simplifying maintenance procedures ultimately improves electrode life and system reliability.
Making the TL Max™ easy to use didn’t detract from the systems ability to deliver intense treatment from a compact footprint. Mounted inside the special electrode assembly are unique electrodes which provide maximum treating power with unwavering reliability. The compact design makes it simple to install on any press in virtually any location.

SMS Folientechnik: New cast film line concept at Plast Milan

Thursday, February 13th, 2003

At Plast Milan, taking place from May 06 to 10, 2003, SMS Folientechnik GmbH, Vienna, Austria will present its new concept of modular cast stretch film lines for the first time in hall 19, stand A22/B23. Specially designed for the requirements of the European market, the new, compact SMS “Cast 2020 lines” offer outstanding technology at a competitive price.
The machine manufacturer has developed a standardized concept which allows custom-made combinations of modular components into complete systems. According to customers’ specifications, an extrusion unit equipped with three to five Contracool extruders is simply combined with a casting unit for 2 m or 2.5 m width and a suitable winder. Thus SMS Folientechnik, a leading manufacturer of cast stretch film lines, meets the market’s demand for compact, cost-efficient systems with the performance of large-scale production lines.