Senior Staff Reporter Bill Bregar gathered these items at the International Casual Furniture Market held Sept. 18-22 in Chicago. Gas-assisted injection molding made an appearance at the market, on a rocking chair from Euro United Corp.
The Oakville, Ontario, company molds several structural parts using gas-assisted molding for its woodgrain-style rocker.
The company has Engel injection molding machines.
A new spring-design chair from Suntyme sported the look of highly polished wood, but it is made from plastic.
The chair is made of thin extruded boards with multiple, sharp curves, which support the weight. Suntyme products are sold by Doppelt Co. Inc. of Union, N.J.
Jerry Doppelt, company president and chief executive officer, said the striated, wood-grain look is done by adding different colored resin.
``We found a way to compress resin, then extrude it,'' he said. After heating, the boards are formed.
Doppelt would not say what resin is used. The chair retails for $250-$280.
He plans to use the technology to expand into tables by the 1997 furniture market.
New York-based Claycraft Planters Co. Inc. introduced a line of Classic Fiberglass outdoor planters.
Claycraft reproduced classic designs for the planters, which look like cast iron or bronze. The company offers more than 50 shapes and sizes of planters, window boxes and urns.
Claycraft President Robert Lapidus set up a facility in China about two years ago to make the polyester-resin planters, using hand layup.
Claycraft also is expanding its market.
Up to now, the planters have been available through architects and specialty landscape designers, and used as props for stores and movies.
But Lapidus said that manufacturing cost reductions now allow him to sell the planters to the general public.