BETHEL, VT. - Custom molder GW Plastics Inc. has upgraded its computer-aided-design software and hardware at its tool division in Royalton, Vt., with a Unigraphics 10.4 CAD system and six Hewlett Packard 735 Series workstations. Bethel-based GW Plastics said it spent $100,000 on the CAD upgrade.
GW tooling engineers use solid modeling techniques, then downloaded the design data directly to metalworking machines on the production floor.
David Tabor, tooling division vice president and general manager, said the technology positions GE Plastics as a partner in concurrent engineering. ``The time savings are significant,'' he said.
Albert Smith Signs expanding in Asia
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - Australia's largest plastic sign maker, Brisbane-based Albert Smith Signs Pty. Ltd., is continuing its Asian expansion after finalizing a deal to form a new manufacturing joint venture in the Philippines.
Last year, Albert Smith formed a joint venture in China with Hong Kong-based sign maker Pico Ltd.
The company has reached an agreement with Philippines advertising entrepreneur Daniel Majaba to form Albert Smith Signs Philippines.
Rodney Smith, Albert Smith managing director, said Majaba had extensive experience in the Philippines advertising industry, including dealings with several multinational companies.
``The Philippines is another valuable link in our spread across Asia and could increase turnover by up to 30 percent in the near future,'' he said.
Albert Smith, which has annual sales of about A$30 million (US$23.9 million), exports to nine countries, including New Zealand, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia.
The company's major clients include fast food chains, supermarkets and service stations that use acrylic signs.
Indiana honors Jeco for its expansion
PLAINFIELD, IND. - Plainfield-based Jeco Plastic Products Inc. received the state's Outstanding Indiana Business Award 1995. The rotational molding firm, which received the award for its expansion, was one of six businesses awarded.
Jeco added 10,000-square-feet to give the facility a total of 37,000 square feet. The firm added its fourth rotomolding machine last year as well as six employees for a total of 30.
``We've improved our sales in domestic and foreign trade, especially in Mexico and England,'' said President James Clutter. ``We can take a concept, engineer and develop it. This is the way we work with customers, here and in Mexico and England.''
Jeco has been a pioneer in the plastic pallet and material handing markets by developing steel reinforcement in pallets and containers, Clutter stated. ``My goal is to enlarge the company and make it one of the best in the rotational molding industry.''
Jeco reported sales of $4.5 million last year.
Mack Molding gets H-P assembly project
ARLINGTON, VT. - Mack Molding Co. said it is handling Hewlett-Packard Storage Systems Division's largest contract manufacturing and assembly project to date: the H-P XLS800 data storage system.
Mack is making the H-P product in Arlington. The system's chassis and modules are plastic assemblies. Hewlett-Packard wanted to outsource as much of the assembly as possible on the project.
Mack assembled a team of two tooling engineers, a manufacturing engineer and engineers to handle supply, quality and procurement.
The final design called for more than 50 molds.
Degussa purchases AtoHaas technology
FRANKFURT, GERMANY - Degussa AG of Frankfurt has acquired the multiwall acrylic sheet business from AtoHaas Deutschland GmbH.
Degussa acquired the technology, customer base and remaining inventory. AtoHaas has ceased making multiwall acrylic sheets.
American Excelsior buys press for PU
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - Arlington Custom foam fabricator American Excelsior Co. has purchased a $1 million high-pressure machine for molding polyurethane from the Hennecke Machinery unit of Pittsburgh-based Bayer Corp.
The Hennecke machine will mold commercial seating products at American Excelsior's plant in Sheboygan, Wis.
``American Excelsior decided to enter the molded polyurethane business after being approached by customers interested in these products,'' said Ken Starrett, director of marketing.
n*Ball Corp. of Muncie, Ind., the glass bottle giant now moving full-scale into PET, has joined the National Association for Plastic Container Recovery as a full member of Charlotte, N.C., NAPCOR President Luke Schmidt announced.
Sheet thermoformer Penda Corp. of Portage, Wis., signed on as a sponsor of race-car driver Kenny Schrader for the 1996 season. Penda Truck Accessories will appear on all Schrader vehicles, including a Nascar Supertruck and Busch Grand National car. Penda's truck products include bedliners, toolboxes, truck caps and tonneau covers.
Southland Industries Inc., a molder in Chesapeake, Va., has changed its name, to Southland Technologies Inc. The company also adopted a new logo. ... Nicholas Plastics Inc., a molder in Allendale, Mich., has achieved ISO 9000 certification. ... Tubing extruder Action Technology Co. has received an ISO 9001 certification upgrade from its original ISO 9002 at its Rockaway, N.J., headquarters plant. ... Klockner Barrier Films Inc. in Gordonsville, Va., was awarded ISO 9002 certification for its quality management system for coated and laminated plastic films. ... Plastic Molding Technology Inc., a custom molder in Seymour, Conn., received its ISO 9002 certification.