Johnson Controls Inc. Plastics Machinery Division continues to broaden its international production base, most recently by purchasing a German blow molding machine maker. By acquiring B&W Kunststoffmaschinen Handelsgesellschaft GmbH, Johnson Controls adds two plastics machine-making plants to the two it operates in Europe.
The deal is aimed at taking advantage of B&W's strong market position in Asia, said Glen Ponczak, manager of external affairs for the Plastics Machinery Division, based in Manchester, Mich.
``The company sells continuous-extrusion blow molding machines throughout the world, and is especially strong in the Far East,'' Ponczak said. ``With the growth of PET use in the Far East, this is part of our worldwide strategy to meet the needs of our customers. It gives us a presence in the Pacific Rim which is much stronger than we were before.''
B&W operates machinery plants in Berlin, and Pol¡cka in the Czech Republic, and makes machines capable of producing one-half-liter to 30-liter containers. JCI's Plastics Machinery Division operates plants producing Uniloy and Liberty-brand blow molding machines in Williamston and Manchester, Mich., and Florence and Milan, Italy.
Dell Deaton, media relations manager for Milwaukee-based parent company Johnson Controls Inc., said it has not been determined if the B&W brand name will be merged with existing Johnson Controls-brand machinery lines.
As previously reported, JCI also recently signed a licensing agreement with IrmÃos Semeraro Ltda. of SÃo Paulo, Brazil, to allow the company to build JCI blow molding machines in that country.
Semeraro will produce machines capable of making 1-liter to 5-liter containers at its sole SÃo Paulo location. That deal marks the first production of JCI machines in Brazil, where Johnson Controls maintained only a sales office previously.
JCI's Plastics Machinery Division also has established a sales and service center in Beaune, France, to support sales in Europe.
All the moves in the machinery field are targeted at strategic placement of JCI machinery near the company's growing blow molding operations worldwide, Deaton said.