DOVER, OHIO - Dover-based Campine America LLC opened a new laboratory June 1 and will add a 27 millimeter twin-screw extruder in July. Campine America is a joint venture of Dover Chemical Co. and Campine SA of Brussels, Belgium. The company opened in 1994 with one employee. Campine America rents the lab and office space from Dover Chemical, which built the lab.
The 1,500-square-foot lab has two full-time employees. It also contracts out four employees from ICC Industrial, Dover Chemical's parent company.
The wheel-mounted twin-screw extruder is a small version of a production machine capable of making a 10-pound sample or a railroad carload. The company invested $450,000 in the extruder and auxiliary equipment. The extruder has a special pelletizing system.
Campine America uses Dover Chemical's analytical laboratory and has several extrusion lines and two injection molding machines in conjunction with ICC.
``Nobody has what they need completely. But between all of us, we're well-equipped and it's efficient utilization of the equipment,'' said marketing and technical director Steve Landau.
Campine America is ISO 9001 certified and designs and manufactures flame-retardant compounds.
Riverdale expands, adding equipment
NORTHBRIDGE, MASS. - Because of increased business demand, Riverdale Mills Corp., a North-bridge-based compounder, is expanding its facility and adding equipment.
The 52,000-square-foot expansion will be complete this month, giving the firm 215,000 square feet. Production will begin within 30-60 days of the project's completion. Within a year, about 50 people will be added to the staff of 150.
Riverdale Mills began in 1980 with a 20,000-square-foot plant. The firm initially coated wire mesh with PVC and eventually began doing its own welding and galvanizing. The company does its own in-house compounding.
``About 60-75 percent of our welded wire mesh is coated,'' said President James Knott Sr.
When the company was started, its main market was the New England lobster fishing industry. At that time, 80 percent of the traps were wooden, according to Knott. Now about 90 percent are plastic-coated welded-wire-mesh traps. The traps are sold in Canada, Mexico, Ireland and the United States.
The firm also makes plastic-coated gabions and chicken coops. The PVC-coated wire mesh coops became popular for the flooring of cages when farmers discovered that ammonia in chicken manure ate away the zinc in uncoated wire mesh.
The company will gradually ramp up production in its expansion and be at full capacity in a year.
Diamond increases production, space
AKRON, OHIO - Akron-based compounder Diamond Polymers is adding a production line and square footage to its 56,000-square-foot plant.
Diamond is a joint venture between Network Polymers of Akron and Mitsubishi Rayon of Tokyo. Network distributes and manufactures proprietary thermoplastic elastomers and olefins, while Mitsubishi produces ABS. Diamond is the fourth-largest producer of ABS in the United States, said President Bruce Petersen.
The $1.5 million to $2 million expansion will occur during the next year. It will add 42,000 square feet, a fifth production line in November or December, a rail-road siding and a couple of employees. The company currently has 47 employees and serves the toy, electronic, appliance, housewares, lawn and garden, sport, footwear and marine industries.
``We need additional production capacity to support our customers,'' Petersen said. ``We support our customers by providing knowledge of materials and processes. When our technicians are in plants, they advise on products, design, materials, tooling and the process.''
A. Schulman plans first Asian facility
AKRON, OHIO - A. Schulman Inc. of Akron intends to break ground for its first facility in Asia by the end of summer.
Schulman plans to build a 50,000-square-foot facility in Surabaya, Indonesia, that will provide its compounded products to its customers in Asia, said President Terry Haines.
Haines said Schulman plans to install one compounding line at the Surabaya facility, and expects to have three lines there within three years. The plant will be built to accommodate four lines.
``Asia is a tremendous, growing market, and this is our first step there,'' Haines said.
Schulman expects to begin production there by the end of this year, with a Werner & Pfleiderer twin-screw extruder, he said.
Schulman has an undisclosed partner in the Indonesian facility.
The company now serves Asia from its facilities in North America. Because the company's markets already are developed, he expects the Surabaya facility to be sold out in its first year of production, which should lead to rapid expansions of the facility.
Haines said the Surabaya plant will provide compounded resins for food and consumer packaging products and automotive and appliance applications.
Once the success of the facility is assured, Haines said Schulman may consider building another Asian plant, perhaps in China.
JSW Plastics opens technical center
SANTE FE SPRINGS, CALIF. - JSW Plastics Machinery Inc. of Santa Fe Springs has opened an East Coast technical center in East Granby, Conn.
Staffing the center is Asato Fujikawa, a technical representative who has worked for JSW for 20 years. Lorraine Trueworthy, also a 20-year plastics industry veteran, has been named East Coast sales manager. Trueworthy has sold JSW machines in New England since 1987.
The center has two JSW injection presses, a 55-ton all-electric machine and an 85-ton conventional press.
Foilmark relocating machinery division
NEWBURYPORT, MASS. - Foilmark Inc. is moving its Kensol/Franklin machinery division, which makes foil-decorating machines, from Norwood, Mass., to its Imtran factory in Newburyport.
Foilmark bought Imtran, a maker of pad printing equipment, in 1995.
Publicly traded Foilmark said it now has located all its equipment, supplies and hot stamping foils operations in Newburyport. The lone exception, a high-volume machining operation, will remain in Norwood.
Meanwhile, Foilmark blamed a first-quarter loss on overall weakness in the market for specialized hot stamping and pad printing machinery. Foilmark lost $183,597 in the first quarter, ended March 31. In the first quarter of 1995, the company had a profit of $523,908.
First quarter 1996 sales also declined by 8.5 percent, to $8.85 million, down from $9.67 million in the first quarter of 1995.
To improve performance, the company intends to increase emphasis on higher-margin pad printing machines and on more-automated foil stamping equipment.Foilmark also announced that it received final approval for $560,000 worth of equipment to China to manufacture security holograms on credit cards.
Foilmark, based in Melville, N.Y., is publicly traded on the Nasdaq National Market System.
TopWAve USA gets international name
MARIETTA, GA. - TopWave USA Inc. of Marietta has changed its name to TopWave International Inc., effective May 1, and has become the worldwide source of the full line of TopWave measurement equipment.
TopWave Instruments Oy of Helsinki, Finland, was declared bankrupt in Finland on April 16, but the firm continues to operate under a court-appointed trustee.
Many of the products were already made outside of Finland, under contract. TopWave in Marietta will maintain production of the few items that were being made in Finland.
According to a press release issued April 18, TopWave Instru-ments Oy was forced into bankruptcy by Finnish government regulations that require a fixed relationship between the losses and liabilities of a corporation and the shareholders' capital equity. ``TopWave Instruments Oy did not meet these corporation regulations and, despite several offers from TopWave USA to improve the financial situation, the Finnish board of directors decided to liquidate the company,'' the release said.
TopWave USA moved its headquarters from South Plainfield, N.J., to Marietta earlier this year.