ATLANTA - A Canadian blow molder is taking advantage of the availability of a larger company's high-technology plant and the provisions of the North American Free Trade Agreement to expand. Attending the Packaging Strate-gies '96 conference in Atlanta, Pierre Moreau, sales manager of Duopac Packaging Inc. of Laval, Quebec, said his firm seized the chance to enlarge its presence in making PET bottles. Early this year, two shareholders of Duopac and another investor bought a plant in Plattsburg, N.Y., from Twinpak Inc. The Plattsburg operation, now called Duopac Plastics LLC, is installing new equipment it bought from Mission Plastics in Portland, Ore.
``We feel like we can really increase our production this way, and NAFTA has been in our favor,'' Moreau said.
Duopac Packaging President Rod Desmarais said in a telephone interview after the conference that Plattsburg will concentrate on extrusion blow molding. It will make PET containers but will not injection mold preforms. It also has printing and decorating capability. Desmarais said it will run as a separate operation from Laval.
Moreau said in Atlanta that the Laval plant is state-of-the-art and produces about 500 million to 600 million PET bottles per year. The Plattsburg plant is also modern and just what Duopac's shareholders were looking for.
The Laval operation is working on polyethylene naphthalate bottle technology, PEN/PET blends and other developments to be ready for customer requirements.
Twinpak of Montreal bought the Plattsburg plant out of receivership from Westra Plastics Inc. in March 1994.