Uretech International Inc. is boosting its stake in furniture part markets with a new, self-skinning urethane foam molding line.
The Luckey, Ohio, firm will install tooling to make furniture parts on the new line for Steelcase Inc. of Grand Rapids, Mich., this summer, said Don Bates, Uretech president.
In early March, Uretech started the new line at Luckey and has been molding refrigerator door handles for Frigidaire Corp. of Greenville, Mich.
Uretech is expanding it sales to furniture and appliance markets using its experience in the automotive industry and new technology from Europe.
A key part of the new molding line is a Desma pour head and computerized controls that help the firm change color formulations from shot to shot, Bates said in a telephone interview. He did not disclose cost of the new line.
Uretech spent about 18 months planning and developing its new, self-skinning technology before it began commercial production. The company's urethane formulation balances viscosity, gel time and cure rate for high productivity and properties demanded by customers, the firm said in a news release.
Bates said Uretech's self-skinning technology did not come from its purchase of Precision Plastics Molding about a year ago.
Uretech bought Precision Plastics assets and moved them from Zeeland, Mich., to Luckey, where it operates its only production facility.
Precision Plastics made self-skinning foams for office furniture, appliance and automotive markets. Automotive has been Uretech's major market.