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U.K.'s Plysu to mold container for Europe

MIDDLESEX, N.J. — British blow molder Plysu Containers Ltd. is licensed to manufacture Container Manufacturing Inc.'s tip N measure dispensing containers.

Plysu, based in Woburn Sands, England, is exclusive manufacturer of the tip N measuring containers in Europe, said Rob Jennings, CMI national sales manager. The patented, blow molded containers, which range from 8 ounces to 21/2 gallons, offer a safe solution for packaging concentrated liquids, such as agricultural chemicals, by eliminating the need for secondary measuring devices, CMI said in a news release. The containers measure out a variety of doses, and also are aimed at markets such as household chemicals, cleaning products and laundry detergents.

CMI also recently introduced an exact-dose version of its tip N measure container that is available in high density polyethylene, Nyalene—its trademarked trilayer material made with DuPont's Selar RB — Barex 218 and polypropylene, according to Jennings.

Plysu will make the tip N measure containers at plants in Woburn Sands and Belgium, eliminating shipping costs for European firms or U.S. firms with European operations, Jennings said. He said that he thinks Plysu's ``volumes right out of the starting block will be substantial.''

At its headquarters plant in Middlesex, CMI uses continuous blow molding to make bottles and containers, including a stock range of standard sizes, F-style and tip N measure containers, from HDPE, Nyalene and Barex.

Jennings said the tip N measure containers make up 30-40 percent of CMI's sales, which he would not disclose.

SPM opening facility near Portland, Ore.

ANAHEIM, CALIF. — Injection molder SPM Inc. of Anaheim has opened its new, 151,000-square-foot facililty in Hillsboro, Ore., near Portland.

The new plant includes a 60,000-square-foot molding area with capacity for as many as 60 injection presses from 50-1,500 tons, and two structural foam machines. The plant also offers gas-assist and gas counter-pressure molding. A finishing department does painting and radio-frequency and electromagnetic shielding.

On 12 acres, the new building gives the SPM/Portland molding operation more than twice the space of its current site, and it can be expanded by 65,000 square feet to support future needs, the company said in a news release.

SPM/Portland supplies the computer, telecommunications, medical and health-care industries. SPM, a division of Dynacast Inc., placed 13th in Plastics News' ranking of North American injection molders, with annual sales of about $235 million.

Dynacast, based in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., manufactures precision engineered metal and plastic components and assemblies worldwide.

Caroba Plastics adds warehousing space

ENGLEWOOD, COLO. — Caroba Plastics Inc. recently added a 10,000-square-foot warehouse area.

The Englewood injection molder also plans to build a 5,000-square-foot mezzanine this year for stepped-up assembly and packaging operations, said Jeff Hynes, head of sales and marketing.

The warehouse gives Caroba more space for projects such as an in-line skate part for BFGoodrich Co. of Bath, Ohio, which requires the molder to store 20,000-40,000 pounds of glass-filled urethane a month, Hynes said.

The firm also has created a research and development division, head by Daniel Griffin; and an in-house graphic design department, which helps customers develop brochures, packaging and other printed materials. Also new since January is packaging equipment, including a blister-pack sealing machine.

The mezzanine area should be under way by June and completed in the fall, he said. Construction costs for the warehouse and assembly areas totaled about $50,000, he said.

At Englewood Caroba operates 16 injection and insert presses to mold parts for a range of industries, including medical, recreation, electrical/electronic, computers and business machines and consumer products. It does about $5.5 million in sales.

Dunsirn Industries doubles size of plant

NEENAH, WIS. — Dunsirn Industries Inc. has invested about $5.5 million to double the size of its Chicopee, Mass., facility and add two new film slitter-rewinders at other sites.

The converter recently added two slitter-rewinders, one at its Neenah headquarters plant, the other at a Greensboro, N.C., facility, according to spokeswoman Pat Bowser. Bowser pegged that investment at about $1.5 million.

Both machines can process film as wide as 72 inches. Rewind capability is 30 inches and unwind 43 inches, with a minimum slit of 1 inch, she said. In operation since April, the equipment gives Dunsirn greater flexiblity to convert lightweight extensible films, including polypropylene, polyethylene, polyvinyl acetate, PET, PVC, and thin-gauge foils.

Each plant needed to hire about 12 new workers to operate the new equipment around-the-clock, she said.

The $4 million Chicopee expansion should be completed by fall. It will include adding 60,000 square feet, a Duplex slitter-rewinder and more truck docks. The plant has plans to hire about 50 new people, Bowser said.

The Duplex — the Chicopee plant's third — mainly runs PE, PET and lightweight PP, she said.

In addition to converting film for extruders, Dunsirn serves the paper industry. It employs 350 and projects 1997 sales of $60 million.