MIDVALE, UTAH - Utah Plastics Group Inc. in Salt Lake City recently started Intermountain Plastics Inc. in Midvale. UPG President Ritchie Crabb and a partner opened the facility as a proprietary molding operation to provide a specialty product they mold for the bottled water industry. The company also provides custom molding serv-ices, Crabb said.
Intermountain Plastics opened a 5,000-square-foot facility and operates five injection molding machines with clamping forces of 90-250 tons.
Utah Plastics Group has added four new presses so far this year, giving that company a total of nine, with clamping forces of 90-500 tons. Six of the presses operate in a new clean room the company added to serve the medical industry.
Utah Plastics Group also serves the exercise equipment, ski and electronics industries. It employs 15.
DSM Resins, Mitras form molding group
ZWOLLE, NETHERLANDS, DSM Resins BV and Mitras Kunststoffe GmbH have merged their manufacturing of fiberglass-reinforced thermoset parts to form Mitras Industries Holding, based in Weiden, Germany.
The companies announced their joint venture plans earlier this year.
In conjunction with the deal, DSM has taken over Mitras' compounding operations, which will supply the new firm.
Mitras Industries, with plants throughout Europe, will focus on the automotive, electrical engineering and building industries. It employs 1,750, and will have annual sales of about 350 million deutsche marks (about US$236 million), according to a DSM news release.
Mitras Kunststoffe, also based in Weiden, owns 60 percent of the venture; DSM of Zwolle owns 40 percent.
ITW Meritex plans export zone plant
CAVITE, PHILIPPINES-ITW Meritex Group of Cavite, a subsidiary of the worldwide ITW Electronic Components Packaging Systems based in Dallas, plans to set up a manufacturing plant in one of the export processing zones in the Philippines.
ITW Meritex, which specializes in semiconductor packaging materials, will make integrated circuit shipping tubes, injection molded trays and vacuum-formed shells to be exported to the United States and sold to domestic semiconductor manufacturers.
ITW Meritex officials, led by Joe Dujka Jr., financial controller of ITW Electronic, and Lee Choon Seng, ITW Meritex finance manager, met with officials of the Department of Trade Industry and the Board of Investments to discuss the project.
Melito Salazar, head of BOI, said the ITW project would be eligible for incentives such as tax breaks and duty-free importation of capital equipment.
ITW Meritex will support domestic electronics and semiconductor companies that require precision packaging materials. It is looking at the site for its manufacturing plant either in Laguna or Cavite, south of Manila.
The company has hired Sycip, Goress and Velayo, a leading auditing firm in Manila, as consultant for the Philippine project.
ITW Meritex specializes in the design and engineering, manufacturing and distribution of plastic packaging to the global semiconductor industry.