Victor Tube Corp. of Harrison-burg, Va., is sharpening its focus on the plastics packaging market by investing about $1.5 million in new equipment. The equipment, due to be operational in late May, includes an extrusion line, two heading ma-chines and a six-color printing machine. The firm does not plan to add any employees because of the expansion.
Victor Tube, which claims to be the largest aluminum tube manufacturer in North America, now wants to be well-known in the realm of plastic tubes.
``Our plastic tube department was always there but the focus wasn't,'' said Gary Domian, sales director.
The new machines add diameter sizes of 11/2 inches and 2 inches to Victor Tube's capabilities. The sizes are ``primarily for the cosmetic and personal-care markets, though they can also be used for industrial and pharmaceutical needs,'' Domian said.
``We're expanding that part of our business to meet demand. We feel the plastic tube industry is a growing industry,'' he added.
The expansion will give Victor Tube three printing lines, four extruders, six headers and 12 injection molding machines. It uses the injection presses to mold caps.
The tubes are made from low, medium and high density polyethylene. The caps, including standups and dispensing closures, are made of polypropylene.
Victor offers tubes with diameters from five-eighths to 1 3/8 inches, for use in the generic pharmaceutical, toothpaste and cosmetic sectors, and ``any other industry out there using plastic tubes,'' Domian said.
The firm, which employs 250, expects the equipment will raise its annual capacity to 50 million units per year, from 30 million.
Victor's plastic tubes are available in any color and special color effects, and graphics are possible with the six-color offset printing process.