PITTSFIELD, MASS. - GE Plastics of Pittsfield will open a third production facility for optical grades of Lexan polycarbonate in late 1996. The new line, at Bergen op Zoom, the Netherlands, will supplement production at Mount Vernon, Ind., and Chiba, Japan. The company also plans to make optical-grade PC at a new resin plant in Cartagena, Spain, due to begin operating in 1998.
In other news, GE Electromaterials licensed Matsushita Electric Works Ltd. of Forest Grove, Ill., to make and sell polyphenylene ether/epoxy laminates and prepregs worldwide. Aromat Corp., a subsidiary of Matsushita, will begin making the materials for GE Electromaterials late this year to boost supply to the printed circuit board industry.
GE markets the materials under its Getek trademark.