DAYTON, OHIO - Formex Inc., the former U.S. agent for Aoki blow molding machines, is representing two new lines of reheat stretch blow molding machines. Electra Form Inc., a sister company of Dayton-based Formex, is now domestically producing a line of one- and two-cavity reheat stretch machines, for which Formex offers sales and technical service. The RSB-1000 is capable of producing 1,000 bottles per hour, while the RSB-2000 can produce 2,000 bottles per hour.
Additionally, Formex has joined forces with Frontier Inc. of Nagano, Japan, to sell and service its line of two-, three-, and four-cavity reheat machines. The EFB series of machines can produce 2,000, 3,000 and 4,000 bottles per hour, respectively.
Frontier will display its new SFB modular series at K'95, capable of producing 8,000-10,000 bottles per hour. The machines can run PET, polyethylene napthalate, polypropylene or heat-set PET.
Autojectors appoints reps in Canada, Asia
ALBION, IND. - Autojectors Inc., an Albion-based manufacturer of vertical clamp injection molding machines, has named distributors and manufacturing representatives in Canada and Southeast Asia.
Plastic Moulding Supplies Co. in Concord, Ontario, will represent Autojectors in Quebec, Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Price Edward Island.
Total Plastics in Delta, British Columbia, will cover the states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho, plus the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatch-ewan and Manitoba.
C. Melchers & Co., meanwhile, recently was named Autojector's exclusive distributor in Singapore and Malaysia. The firm provides machines, spare parts and local service from its offices in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Prime Colorants buys Color Formulators
FRANKLIN, TENN. - Prime Colorants Inc. in Franklin has purchased Color Formulators Inc. of Fairfield, N.J.
Color Formulators is a specialty supplier of color concentrates and additives of olefins, nylons and polyesters. The company had served customers in the northern and southeastern United States.
Prime Colorants is a specialty colorant manufacturer known for its proprietary blends of custom colorants for all facets of the plastics industry.
Exxon, BASF receive PP import licenses
BARTLESVILLE, OKLA. - Phillips Petroleum Co. of Bartlesville on Aug. 16 announced that it had granted polypropylene import licenses to Exxon Chemical and BASF AG.
Under terms of the agreement, the Exxon and BASF have the right to import PP homopolymer, random copolymer and block copolymer into the United States.
Terms were not disclosed. Exxon, BASF, Fina, PCD Polymere and Himont Italia SpA are now licensed by Phillips to import PP products from Europe to the United States.
Europe, N. america see growth in PET
WILTON, ENGLAND - Spurred by materials switching in the market for soda and water bottles, suppliers are continuing their stampede to add PET resin capacity in Europe.
ICI Melinar, a unit of Imperial Chemical Industries plc, on Aug. 17 announced expansions of its European PET capacity totaling 287 million pounds annually.
All of the capacity will be at ICI's Wilton site.
The project will begin with a 22 million-pound per-year debottleneck of an existing plant starting up later this year, to be followed by a new 265 million-pound-per-year plant starting up in the fourth quarter of 1996. The plant will make resin for the carbonated soft drink and mineral water markets. The projects will cost an estimated US$120 million and will create 50 jobs.
ICI also makes PET resin in Fayetteville, N.C., where it is adding 220 million pounds per year of capacity beginning in the fourth quarter of 1995. ICI, which expects worldwide PET capacity of 1.1 billion pounds per year by 1999, anticipates demand for PET resins to grow more than 10 percent annually until at least the end of the century.
Meanwhile, a private Polish/Swedish joint venture on Aug. 17 opened what is claims is the first PET resin plant in CentralEurope.
The Torun, Poland, plant can produce about 36 million pounds per year. Partners in the project include Unibax and the Zaklady Wlokien Chemicznych Elana chemical fibers works.
Una-Dyn signs Koch to sell in Ohio, Ind.
WOODBRIDGE, VA. - Universal Dynamics Inc. of Woodbridge has signed a new representative to sell its plastics auxiliary equipment in parts of Ohio and Indiana.
Koch Plastics Equipment of Sylvania, Ohio, will represent Una-Dyn in Williams, Fulton and Lucas counties in Ohio, plus LaGrange, Steuben, Noble, Dekalb, Whitely and Allen counties in Indiana.
Koch also handles Van Dorn Demag, Budzar Industries and Whitman Robots.
CNA, SPE share for group's safety effort
CHICAGO - CNA Insurance Cos. recently presented a dividend check to members of the Society of Plastics Engineers that took part in the group's plastic processor policyholders Safety Group Dividend Program.
From Sept. 1, 1993, to Aug. 31, 1994, the group earned a total dividend of more than $1.1 million.
CNA is headquartered in Chicago. CNA and SPE have been in business together on the commercial insurance program since 1992.
Meredith-Springfield expands facilities
SPRINGFIELD, MASS. - Meredith-Springfield Associates Inc. recently completed an expansion of its facilities in Springfield, including installation of new blow molding equipment.
The firm added a Bekum H155 to its development and applications lab, giving it four shuttle machines - two Bekums and two Fischers. The new machine was factory-customized with capabilities for multilayer, extrusion PET and engineering materials processing.
Owens-Corning sells distribution business
TOLEDO, OHIO - Owens-Corning Fiberglas Corp. announced Sept. 1 it had completed a deal to sell its Composites distribution business in Canada.
The business, which sells reinforcements, resins and other raw materials and supplies, has been sold to Ashland Chemical Canada Ltd. It will be called FRP Supply Division of Ashland Chemical - Canada.
The sale includes four warehouses, plus offices in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and Manitoba.
Jaeckel opens up machinery business
ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA. - William G. Jaeckel has started a new company, W.G. Jaeckel Industries Inc. in St. Augustine, to sell used and new injection molding machinery.
Jaeckel was most recently president and a partner in Nitec. W.G. Jaeckel Industries represents Methods Plastics Machinery for the sale of new Shinwa Seiki molding machinery in sizes ranging from 30-500 tons of clamp force.
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Resin supplier Dow Plastics of Midland, Mich., received the Supplier of Distinction Award from General Polymers, a division of Ashland Chemical Co. Also, Dow Plastics' Joliet, Ill., polystyrene plant received a Six Sigma Quality Award from 3M Corp. ... B.I. Chemicals Inc.'s Henley Division, a Montvale, N.J.-based producer of endothermic and exothermic agents used to make plastic foam, has opened a research and development lab in Winchester, Va. ... Coil Technology Inc., a Wadsworth, Ohio, manufacturer of coil handling equipment and sensors, recently completed a 4,000-square-foot expansion, designed in part to expand its product lines to the plastics industry.