FAIR LAWN, N.J. - Lonza Inc. is planning a multimillion-dollar expansion to increase the capacity of ethylene bis stearamide at its Williamsport, Pa., site. The project will add 5 million to 10 million pounds to existing capacity, the Fair Lawn company said.
Acrawax C, Lonza's brand of ethylene bis stearamide, is an industry standard for plastics lubricants, powdered metal processing, defoamers and asphalt modifiers.
Lonza also has completed the acquisition of Anhydrides & Chemicals Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of specialty anhydrides, located in Newark, N.J. Anhydrides & Chemicals is a pioneer in the development of anhydrides for use in epoxy curative applications.
Tech Textiles plans $5 million project
PHENIX CITY, ALA. - Tech Textiles USA has announced a $5 million, three-year project to acquire additional equipment and to hire 47 new employees.
Tech Textiles, a wholly owned affiliate of Johnston Industries Inc. of Columbus, Ga., produces engineered, noncrimp, multiaxial reinforcing fabrics make of glass, carbon and aramid fibers. The fabrics are used in consumer and industrial applications, and serve such diverse markets as aerospace, marine, transportation and construction.
Gerald Andrews, president and chief operating officer of Johnston, said expanding use of composite fabrics was a key factor in the company's decision for the project, which will more than double the capacity of the Phenix City plant.
Tech Textiles enlisted the aid of an Alabama state agency to recruit and train the new employees it plans to hire.
The investment calls for the purchase of new stitchbonding machines made by Mayer Textiles Machine Corp.
Former GE Plastics worker forms firm
MENIFEE, CALIF. - Kenneth W. Maurus, a 22-year veteran of the plastics industry, has founded a company specializing in sales, marketing and consulting ser-vices.
Maurus Co. will serve companies that provide proprietary products and custom molding services.
A resident of Menifee, Maurus served 11 years as a technical service engineer in the western United States with GE Plastics. He also has held various engineering, manufacturing and research and development positions at GE Plastics head-quarters in Pittsfield, Mass. Most recently, he was sales manager for a custom thermoforming company in the San Diego area.
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Synex, the Dynisco company formed in November to offer extrusion auxiliary equipment and systems, has moved its headquarters to Woburn, Mass. The new and expanded facility houses corporate offices and the manufacturing operations for Extek screen changers. Synex's new address is 6 Gill St., Woburn, Mass. 01801; tel. (617) 938-9300.