EXPO OTAY/SAN DIEGO

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Plastics News correspondent Roger Renstrom gathered the following items at the Expo Otay trade show April 4 in San Diego, sponsored by the Otay-Mesa Chamber of Commerce.

Hi-Tech sees growth with medical devices

Custom precision die cutter Hi-Tech Products Inc. is finding growth in production of medical diagnostic devices.

``The diagnostics industry needs more diversity, and [it] demands stricter standards,'' Ray Dearborn, Hi-Tech Products' representative in San Diego, said at Expo Otay.

Hi-Tech Products uses a Class 50,000 facility to manufacture medical devices but finds ``most insulators, shieldings and shims don't necessarily need a clean room,'' Dearborn said.

The company has 24 employees and occupies a 16,000-square-foot facility in Buena Park, Calif.

Hi-Tech Prod- ucts anticipates that sales for 1997 will be about $4.5 million.

The company projects annual growth of 10-15 percent for the next few years, according to Dearborn.

D&M Plastics plans to build clean room

To enhance production for medical diagnostics, converter D&M Plastics plans, by July, to create a controlled manufacturing environment with a rating in excess of Class 10,000 standards.

``We are building this clean room based on our customers' needs,'' said Daniel Kloos, D&M president.

The 1,400-square-foot plant will house two rotary die-cutting machines with web capability of up to 16 inches and a laminar flow bench to package finished goods.

After laminating adhesives to substrates of PVC, polyester, acetate and polycarbonate, D&M die cuts or slits most items to shape and size them for individual pieces, or kiss-cuts them to a liner for dispensing.

The company employs 12 at an 8,000-square-feet plant in Vista, Calif. It targets the San Diego County market for specialty-product converting of film, foam and adhesive materials.

IMS Recycling tries to develop market

IMS Recycling Services Inc. faces difficulty in developing a market for partial loads of plastics.

``We have to wait to complete a buildup of each material,'' said Armando Ledesma, account executive. ``No company buys 20,000 pounds of PVC. They want to buy a complete load.''

Based in San Diego, IMS recycles commodities include plastics and metals, as well as electronic and computer equipment.

The firm transports a variety of materials from Tijuana, Mexico, maquiladoras that, by Mexican law, must send scrap back to the country of origin. In complying, IMS is unable to take advantage of a ``plastic market [that is] better down south in [the interior of] Mexico,'' Ledesma said.