ALBION, IND. - Autojectors Inc., a manufacturer of vertical injection molding machines, will build a 50,000-square-foot plant at Avilla, Ind., about 10 miles east of the company's headquarters facility in Albion. The Avilla plant, scheduled for completion in March, will give the company a second plant and double its total floor space. The company has 45,000 square feet of space in Albion.
Demand for larger and more specialized injection presses spurred the expansion, according to Autojectors President Bill Carteaux.
The new plant will house Autojectors' machine assembly operations and special projects. The current Albion facility will house component manufacturing, new product development, technical services and Auto-jectors' Contract Services, which rebuilds and sells used plastics equipment.
Autojectors specializes in vertical-clamp, insert molding machinery. The company makes both C-frame and tie-bar machines. Clamping forces range from 6-300 tons.
Carteaux said the company plans to introduce products with higher clamping forces, but he declined to give specific tonnage amounts.
The Albion plant was not designed to make larger machines, he said.
Autojectors, which employs about 135, will add about 40 jobs during the next three years.
Carteaux declined to say how much money Autojectors is investing in the plant.
Sencorp soccaborates with Davis-Standard
HYANNIS, MASS.-Thermoforming machinery maker Sencorp Systems Inc. has formed an alliance with Davis-Standard to sell systems for extruding polystyrene insulation board and sheet from a variety of resins.
The systems will include extruders made by Davis-Standard of Pawcatuck, Conn., and downstream equipment from Sencorp of Hyannis.
Sencorp also will supply screws, dies and gas injection systems. Both companies will supply control systems.
Sencorp is owned by DT Industries Inc. of Lebanon, Mo. Davis-Standard is a unit of Crompton & Knowles Corp. of Stamford, Conn.
Fahr Bucher acquires Battenfeld press unit
GOTTMADINGEN, GERMANY - In a deal involving two German machinery manufacturers, Fahr Bucher GmbH has purchased the compression molding press business of Battenfeld GmbH.
Fahr Bucher of Gottmadingen acquired a line of thermoset compression molding machines that run automatically using powder feed or a pre-plasticizer that drops the slug of resin into the mold.
The purchase agreement includes the BP-A series of machines with clamping forces of 110-440 tons, and the four-station automatic presses of the BP-R Series with clamping forces of 22-88 tons.
Fahr Bucher will continue to make all the machines and provide technical support.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition took place Aug. 1.
The deal only covers compression molding machines.
Battenfeld of Meinerzhagen, Germany, will continue to make injection molding machines for processing thermosets.
In the United States, Fahr Bucher is represented by Bucher Inc. of Buffalo Grove, Ill.