CINCINNATI Interplastic Corp. of St. Paul, Minn., has an nounced expansion plans for its Silmar and commercial resins divisions. Pending funding approval, the projects would increase production capacity of polyesters by about 137 millio n pounds a year. Financial details were not disclosed.
Interplastic, a manufacturer of unsaturated polyester, vinyl ester resins, gel coats and colorants, an nounced the plans at the Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.'s Composites Inst itute's conference in Cincinnati.
An 8,000-gallon reactor expan sion at the Silmar resins plant in Fort Wright, Ky., has received funding approval. It is expected to be operational late this year.
Robert DeRoma, senior vice president, sa id the expansion will strengthen the company's market position in the Midwest, East and Southeast. The project is expected to increase production capacity 50 million pounds a year, he said.
The branch is working on cost estimates for a 4, 000-gallon reactor at its Howthorne, Clif., plant. It plans to install a Hastelloy reactor to produce halogenated bases for fire-retardant resins, said DeRoma. Project approval is expected by the second half of 1996, with production planned for 1997, he said.
The commercial division is completing cost estimates for a 10,000 gallon reactor expansion at its Pryor, Okal., plant.
This expansion will assow teh unit to meet needs in the Southwest.
Plans and funding for the project are expected to be completed by the third quarter of 1996, said DeRoma.
Interplastic also announced a new series of resins made for vacuum infusion molding.
In this process, resins are introduced through a number of inlets in the film and pulled through glass-fiber reinforcements by a vacuum.
This method eliminates the need to use a squeegee to remove air pockets.