YORK, PA. - Blow molder Graham Packaging Co. has formed a joint venture with Lido Plast, a plastic bottle maker in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Officials would not disclose the terms of the agreement. The company will be called Lido Plast-Graham. South America ``is an important developing market of consumer products companies,'' Phil Yates, president and chief operating officer of Graham Packaging Americas, said in a news release.
Lido Plast, also a blow molder, makes packages for personal- care items, food products and pharmaceuticals for such companies as Molinos Rio de la Plata and Refinerias de Maiz. As part of Graham, the company also will make packages for household products and automotive lubricants. Company officials did not release information about the number of blow molding machines or employees at the joint venture.
With 40 plants and 3,100 employees worldwide, Graham Packaging, based in York, claims to be the world's largest manufacturer of high density polyethylene packages. The firm also produces PET and PVC bottles. Graham serves the household cleaning, auto, personal-care, food and beverage industries.
Graham Packaging is a unit of privately held Graham Cos. based in York. Its North American sales were estimated at $425 million in Plastics News' 1995 blow molders ranking.
PLYMOUTH, MICH. -Freudenberg-NOK is holding discussions with other interested parties'' about a possible sale of the intake manifold business at its Auttocom LLC joint venture, a spokesman said.
Freudenberg-NOK, based in Plymouth, declined to provide further details, other than to say that employees at Auttocom had been informed of the talks. Freudenberg owns 51 percent of the Auttocom joint venture. Its partner is Mecaplast, an automotive plastics firm based in Monaco.
Auttocom, also in Plymouth, recently announced it was adding a third line at its Manchester, N.H., plant where it molds composite intake manifolds using the lost-core method.
The company ran into production problems in Manchester last year, causing a slowdown at General Motors Corp. assembly plants where certain luxury vehicles were equipped with the manifold, according to a report in Automotive News. Auttocom said it corrected the manifold production problems.
GLENDALE, CALIF. - A 14-year-old boy was arrested Aug. 8 for starting the Aug. 3 fire that destroyed the manufacturing facility and offices of Pacific Plastics Design Inc. in Glendale.
In the process of questioning him, he confessed to the crime,'' said Glendale Fire Marshal Dave Starr. He knew it was wrong and made an effort to conceal his actions.''
Glendale officials are working with the Los Angeles County district attorney in prosecuting the youth, who was being held in a juvenile detention center.
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