MANOR, PA. - Manor-based Ranbar Electrical Materials Inc. has acquired compounder Triangle Specialty Resins Inc. Officials would not disclose financial details of the purchase.
Ranbar manufactures insulating varnishes, resins, potting compounds, paints and wire enamels used in the coatings and electrical industries.
The June 1 acquisition will help Ranbar probe markets requiring specialty compounds and polymer technology, said Thomas King, vice president of sales. Trispec of Cecil, Pa., specializes in epoxy, urethane and polybutadiene resins used in electrical and electronic packaging markets. Trispec's products will be manufactured at the Manor plant.
Besides its headquarters at the 72,000-square-foot Manor plant, Ranbar has a 40,000-square-foot plant on 11 acres in Glenshaw, Pa. The Glenshaw plant, where division Ranbar Technologies Inc. is located, specializes in resins used in paint, pipe and coil coating. Ranbar employs about 75 at each plant.
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA-Australia's Anti-Dumping Authority is holding an inquiry into whether antidumping measures should continue to apply to PVC imports from the United States, Mexico and Brazil.
Antidumping duties imposed on PVC imports from the three countries in 1992 are due to expire Jan. 22.
The Canberra-based ADA launched an inquiry after receiving applications from Australian PVC manufacturers for the continuation of antidumping measures until 2002.
Australia's only PVC manufacturers, Sydney-based ICI Australia Ltd. and Melbourne-based Auseon Ltd., claim that if the current measures are removed, PVC from North America, Mexico and Brazil will be dumped in Australia causing a ``foreseeable threat of injury to the local industry through price pressure.''
Interested parties are invited to make submissions by Sept. 2. The ADA will report to Australia's federal government by Nov. 18. The address for submissions is GPO Box 9839, Canberra, ACT, Australia 2601.
LIVONIA, MICH. - Tool builder and molder Allmand Associates Inc. is preparing to purchase additional space near its main complex of buildings in Livonia to consolidate and expand mold-making operations in a $3 million to $4 million project.
Allmand specializes in midsize to large aluminum and zinc-alloy tooling for prototype and limitedproduction jobs. It also molds parts, using the injection and reaction injection molding processes, for customers in the heavy truck, automotive and farm tractor markets.
Allmand plans to purchase a 50,000-square-foot building in Livonia near its headquarters and primary production facilities, said Nick Bogdanos, vice president and general manager. That would boost total space to about 170,000 square feet.
The use of computer-aided design and engineering tools at Allmand ``has opened up more markets and made us more competitive'' for low-volume production tooling, Bogdanos said. He estimates savings of 40 percent or more in cost and lead times for soft tooling compared with steel.
Allmand also has a policy of guaranteeing its aluminum or zinc-alloy tools as long as those tools are being operated in its own production facilities.
Allmand has 11 injection presses with clamping forces of 170-3,000 tons. It also operates two RIM clamps, each with 100-pound shot capacity.
WADSWORTH, OHIO - Advanced Elastomer Systems L.P. is doubling the size of its research and development pilot plant in Wadsworth.
The $5 million project includes new processing equipment that will enable AES to develop and test new ranges of thermoplastic elastomers. The equipment is expected to be in use in the first quarter of 1997.
The expansion, begun in June, will increase the facility size from 26,000 square feet to more than 50,000 square feet.
AES is based in Akron, Ohio.