Delta Plastics Inc. will buy 44 Battenfeld injection molding presses for its major container closures expansion in Arkansas, President Chris Rakhshan confirmed. As published in Plastics News June 16, Delta recently announced it will invest $18 million to expand its container closures business in Hot Springs, Ark., but it had not announced a press supplier. Rakhshan said in a June 13 telephone interview that his firm will take delivery of the first 10 presses in October and subsequent deliveries at six-month intervals. He expects Delta will install all the presses by the end of 1999. The firm chose Battenfeld's 2000/1000 CDC machines with TC40 fully closed-loop controls.
The presses will have clamping forces of 200 tons. Hot Springs now runs 40 Battenfeld presses, mostly with 100-ton clamps.
Rakhshan claimed his firm has further expansion plans, the first phase of which will be to build and equip a 15,000-square-foot toolroom at Hot Springs. The project, not part of its $18 million expansion budget, will allow the company to transfer tool building to Hot Springs from an affiliated firm, AC Tool & Die of Santa Fe Springs, Calif.