Mexican processors plan for future MEXICO CITY-Mexican plastics processors, faced with damage control in the aftermath of their country's currency and economic crisis, this week will attend a special conference designed to help them plan beyond a likely recession.
The one-day event, staged by the national plastics processors association Anipac, in Mexico City on Feb. 17, is called ``Economic Prospects for the Plastics Sector 1995-2000.'' The conference will cover topics including macroeconomic prospects and scenarios, and the plastics sector's relationship with national and international petrochemical industries.
GenCorp to sell rigid plastics plant
FAIRLAWN, OHIO - GenCorp Inc. of Fairlawn has signed a letter of intent to sell its rigid plastics facility in Newcomerstown, Ohio, to Empire Plastics Inc. of Vestal, N.Y., for undisclosed terms.
The 225,000-square-foot facility makes rigid vinyl film and sheet for products such as credit cards, aircraft interiors, graphic arts and protective wall surfaces.
``Because of the complementary operations and products, GenCorp's Newcomerstown plant would be an excellent strategic fit with Empire Plastics' rigid plastics films business,'' said Dave Mittiga, president of GenCorp's Plastic Films Division.
He added that the divestiture will allow the division to focus on its wood-grain laminate and flexible film businesses.
GenCorp's Plastic Films also has facilities in Auburn and Jeannette, Pa. The division, based in Auburn, ranked 30th in Plastics News' 1994 survey of film and sheet makers with estimated annual sales of $140 million.
Kama doubling OPS sheet capacity
MANTENO, ILL. - Kama Corp. is more than doubling the size of its oriented polystyrene sheet products plant in Manteno.
The expansion of the plant - from 46,000 square feet to 104,000 square feet - allows for the installation of an extrusion line, the fourth at the facility, said Eugene Whitacre, vice president and general manager of the Hazleton, Pa.-based firm. The new line can produce 33 million pounds of sheet annually.
``The expansion is being driven by growth in demand for OPS in a number of applications,'' he said. ``The growth in popularity of in-store bakeries, for instance, has really increased demand for OPS.''
The Kama sheet also is used in fast-food packaging and airline and school lunch-service materials.
Whitacre said the line should be fully installed by October.Kama is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ivex Corp., a packaging maker based in Lincolnshire, Ill.
Tubing maker Truesdell expanding
EL PASO, TEXAS - Truesdell Co., a custom extruder and manufacturer of corrugated tubing for the wire harness industry, recently added 42,000 square feet to its 40,000-square-foot plant in El Paso.
Company officials declined to comment on the cost, but said the firm added two new corrugation lines and two profile extruders, bringing to 15 the number of corrugated lines, and to five the profile lines, the company operates.
Truesdell began operations in El Paso in 1985.
Enrique Alvarez has been named the company's new general manager in El Paso, after a 20-year career with United Technologies Automotive. Companywide, Truesdell employs 275.
Truesdell Co. is a subsidiary of Truesdell Enterprises of Auburn Hills, Mich. Truesdell Enterprises operates an extrusion plant in Auburn Hills, where it also performs some injection molding. The firm has plants in Morgantown, Ky., and Birmingham, England.
Phillips 66 streamlining PE production
BARTLESVILLE, OKLA. - Phillips 66 Co. announced it will increase its production capacity for polyethylene by 22 percent by debottlenecking its Houston Chemical Complex in Pasadena, Texas, during the next two years.
Phillips, based in Bartlesville, said the debottlenecking will add 400 million pounds of production capacity, increasing its nameplate capacity to 2.2 billion pounds a year from 1.8 billion pounds a year. Phillips produces high density PE and linear low density PE at the facility.
Work will begin in March, and is expected to be completed in 1997. Cost for the project was not disclosed.