NEW YORK-The Unichem Di-vision of Colorite Polymers has broken ground on a 45,000-square-foot PVC resins compounding facility in Northern Ireland. The facility, to be known as Colorite Europe Ltd., should be operational by January. As much as 70 percent of the capacity will be devoted to the medical in-dustry, Edward R. Plank, Color-ite's vice president for international sales, said in an interview at Medical Design & Manufactur-ing East in New York.
Although Plank noted grants from the Ulster government were helpful in determining the location of the Colorite facility in Springbank, outside Belfast, both he and officials of the Industrial Development Board of Northern Ireland declined to note the company's investment, or the amount of grants by the government for construction of the plant.
However, Pauline Brown, IDB Northern Ireland vice president for business development, said grants of up to half that of equipment costs have been made to other international business concerns locating in the northern six counties of Ireland. The country also imposes no property or inventory taxes, Brown said.
The new plant will have an initial 22 million-pound-per-year capacity in one compounding line. The company will double that capacity with another compounding line in five years, Plank said.
Initial employment of 21 eventually will rise to 50, Plank said. Along with medical compounding, the new plant will compound resins for the beverage container and auto industries.
The new facility is the first for the Unichem Division outside the United States. Colorite is headquartered in Ridgefield, N.J.
Unichem manufactures medical-grade compounds from 35 Shore A to full rigid for molding and extrusion.
Colorite Polymers has two other divisions-Cybertech in Bound Brook, N.J., and PVC Resins in Burlington, N.J. Sales for all divisions in 1995 totaled $170 million. The firm is part of Ridge-field-based PureTec Corp., which had 1995 sales of $400 million.