TORONTO - Federal Plastics of Ville St. Laurent, Quebec, will expand its sheet extrusion capacity by about 25 percent this month by installing a new 41/2-inch extrusion line and related equipment. David Grunberger, vice president of sales and marketing, said the project and a plant addition will cost more than C$2.5 million (US$1.8 million). Several undisclosed firms will supply equipment for the new line, Grunberger said in an interview at his Plast-Ex '95 booth in Toronto.
The firm also plans to complete a plant addition this summer that will boost space by 50 percent to 90,000 square feet at the facility, located near Montreal's Dorval airport.
``Last year was very good business, although it has slowed down in the past few months,'' Grunberger said.
He said business has leveled off at a high level.
Federal Plastics' main business is custom sheet extrusion using a range of polyolefins and other thermoplastics. It recently began extruding high-molecular-weight high-density polyethylene.
The company also distributes vinyl sheet for blister packaging, he said.
Grunberger said the main customers for Federal are thermoformers who mainly form sheet into industrial and graphic arts products.
The company also sells to fabricators and sheet distributors, and makes monolayer and coextruded sheet.
Grunberger would not disclose Federal's sales or its number of extrusion lines. He is a co-owner of the privately held company. The Grunberger family founded Federal in 1960.