TORONTO - Crila Plastic Industries Ltd. may add injection molding capability to complement its profile business. The custom profile extruder has bought an injection press and is doing development work to see how injection could complement its downstream operations, James Ellies, executive vice president of operations, said in an interview at the firm's head office in Mississauga, Ontario.
Molded end caps for automotive aftermarket profiles are a possible application, he said. Ellies said new technologies will help fuel Crila's growth. He cited Crila's purchase last year of Extrusion Plastics Inc. of Markham, Ontario, as an example. Extrusion Plastics helped boost Crila's 1994 sales to $61 million from the year-earlier level of $48.8 million.
Extrusion Plastics' vacuum calibration and large, hollow-profile capabilities broaden Crila's technology base, which was focused on decorative profiles with value added through lamination, printing and forming.
Crila is considering another strategic acquisition for next year. Ellies would not disclose what type of company the firm has in mind and gave no time-table for Crila's review of injection molding.
Ellies said Crila will move the Markham Extrusion Plastics operation to a recently purchased facility next to its Mississauga head office and manufacturing plant. The move will more than triple Extrusion Plastics' space to about 70,000 square feet. Crila also has a plant in Bolton, Ontario, which was its original facility when a new management team bought the firm in 1989.
Extrusion Plastics forms the core of Crila's new window and door profiles division. Crila plans to boost U.S. and offshore sales of the profiles, which Extrusion Plastics mainly sold in Canada.
GE Appliances is Crila's major customer, President Peter Clark said at a June 14 ceremony where GE presented Crila with a distinguished supplier award. According to GE Appliance officials, 23 of its supplier base of about 1,000 companies received the award in 1994.
Crila makes a variety of interior trim for GE refrigerators, including laminated and printed profiles shipped ready to assemble. GE officials said Crila shipped about 11 million extruded, decorative appliance parts to GE plants last year.
Crila supplies decorative profiles to a range of other industries, including furniture and recreational vehicles. Its Extrusion Plastics subsidiary also supplies point-of-purchase and Tier-1 automotive customers.
Ellies said the second Mississauga plant will include training facilities for Crila's 330 employees. Crila may install a second machining center to speed turnaround on die production for its 33 extrusion lines.