GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.-Lescoa Inc. has acquired the automotive electroforming division of Stimsonite Corp. for undisclosed terms, Les-coa was to announce today. The Stimsonite division manufactures mold inserts that produce the diamondlike effect seen in automotive taillights and bicycle reflectors. The inserts, known as reflector electroforms, are made by assembling a bundle of metal pins with ends cut to shape and given a mirror finish. The electroform inserts wear out faster than the molds and must be replaced periodically.
Lescoa does not make its own molds but has an in-house mold maintenance department. In a news release embargoed until Sept. 23, Lescoa said it acquired the reflector electroform business to gain sourcing control over a critical mold component and to integrate the technology into its design and engineering.
The acquisition includes an exclusive licensing agreement that allows Lescoa to use Stimsonite's electroforming technology. Les-coa will move the acquired Stimsonite business into one of its plants in Grand Rapids and expects production to begin there by December.
Stimsonite, based in Niles, Ill., said it will focus its business on products for the highway safety market, including raised reflective pavement markers and optical film used in signs.