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DaMar Plastics adding equipment in new location

By: Roger Renstrom

September 11, 2012

EL CAJON, CALIF. (Sept. 11, 8 a.m. ET) — Custom blow molder and injection molder DaMar Plastics Inc. is investing more than $500,000 for equipment and infrastructure in a new location.

DaMar placed a June order with a domestic supplier for a complete system to fill blow molded bottles of one to three liters with commercial chemicals. The system including conveyor lines should be operational in January, said Sal Acampora, vice president of sales for DaMar.

Currently, DaMar blow molds the containers and, for filling, ships them to a Los Angeles area firm.

For additional capacity, DaMar began operating another dual-head blow molding machine in January. The unit was ordered in 2011 from Changshengda Machinery (Zhejiang) Co. Ltd. and can blow mold up to four containers at a time.

The former Sterling Extruder Corp. manufactured DaMar’s initial dual-head blow molding machine, the first of its kind in the San Diego market, according to Acampora. Rocheleau Tool & Die Co. Inc. made DaMar’s single-head blow molding machine.

For the three blow molding machines, the shot sizes range from 5 grams to 10 pounds and enable DaMar to produce a variety of plastic jars and bottles.

DaMar added the blow molding process in 2006.

In July, DaMar moved about 11 miles to a leased expandable 55,000-square-foot facility in El Cajon from an owned 38,000-square-foot plant in San Diego.

DaMar has cleanroom capability for medical devices.

DaMar has complete tool room capabilities including computer numerical control machining equipment and makes its molds in-house.

David Kabbai, president, said an aggressive development program and DaMar’s blow molding and bottle filling capabilities will result in higher production throughput.

DaMar was established in 1967 and sold to Kabbai and his sister, Michelle Kabbai, in 1986. The El Cajon plant is the family business’s fourth location, each increasingly larger.

Medical, chemical, commercial, industrial and military are DaMar’s principal end markets.

In 2006, DaMar began using a customer-owned station for filling small containers for proprietary applications. “That was the catalysis for us to go to blow molding and bottle fulfillment,” Acampora said.

DaMar operates 12 Toshiba injection molding machines — 10 hydraulics and two electrics — of 85-720 tons.

DaMar employs 35-50 including mold makers in five-day around-the-clock operations and projects 2012 sales of $3.5 million, up from last year’s $3 million. “We want to continue to grow,” he said.

In David Kabbai’s 2005 business decision, DaMar shut down its ATI division, which injection molded proprietary handlebar grips for various kinds of bicycles. Competitors in China undercut that business, Acampora said.