Nalge Nunc International has expanded its specialty industrial business by acquiring tubing, pipe and profile extruder Acutech Plastics Inc. of Reading, Pa. Acutech mainly complements Nalge's industrial business, a key part of which is rotationally molded tanks.
Nalge can combine its tanks with Acutech's specialty tubing and pipe to offer complete fluids systems, Nalge spokeswoman Sarah Clapper said in a telephone interview from the firm's head office in Rochester, N.Y.
She predicts Acutech will help Nalge expand in biopharmaceutical, environmental, food and other high-purity industrial applications.
Acutech extrudes fluoropolymers and engineering resins into tubing, pipe, rod stock and specialty profiles. The company also makes cast acrylic parts. Clapper and other officials did not disclose Acutech's annual sales or terms of the deal, which was finalized Jan. 2.
Acutech employs about 60 at Reading.
Clapper said her firm has no current plan to change Acutech operations.
Nalge rotomolds polyethylene, polypropylene, and fluoropolymer industrial tanks at Rochester, its largest facility at 285,000 square feet.
Rochester is a major producer of shatter-resistant labware, such as its rotomolded polyolefin Bio Process Vessel, which won the 1994 Product of the Year award from the Association of Rotation-al Molders.
The Rochester facility also makes consumer products and packaging.
Nalge's Sani-Tech subsidiary in Lafayette, N.J., extrudes silicon and other tubing and pipe and makes sanitary fittings.
Its I-Chem subsidiary in New-castle, Del., cleans and certifies plastic and glass bottles for environmental sampling. Nalge also has an extrusion operation, in Auburn, N.Y.
Nalge Co. merged with Nunc Inc. in December and changed its name to Nalge Nunc Internation-al. Nunc extrudes and injection and blow molds plastic immunology and lab products at Napier-ville, Ill.
Nunc's head office was in Roskilde, Denmark.
Acutech was sold to take it to a new level of growth as part of a large company, according to George Fey, who founded the private firm 13 years ago.
Fey said he will continue with Acutech as a vice president. Fey's former partner Arthur Hyde also will continue with the business.
Nalge Nunc's annual sales are about $215 million, Clapper estimated. It is a subsidiary of publicly held Sybron International Corp., a Milwaukee company that had sales of $519 million last year. Sybron's other business includes lab and dental equipment, water purification systems, and analytical services.