Plastics News East Coast reporter Steve Toloken gathered these items from Medical Design & Manufacturing East '97, held June 3-5 in New York.
Medical parts molder upgrading clean room
Injectronics Inc. is in the process of making its clean room a Class 100,000 facility.
The company spent $250,000 to install the clean room at its Clinton, Mass., facility 18 months ago, and currently has one 16-cavity machine molding cylinders used in pap smear tests, according to Ron Cardillo, senior account manager.
The 2,500-square-foot room is expandable to 5,000 square feet.
The company is both ISO 9000 and QS 9000 certified, he said, and does $35 million in sales now — about 65 percent in automotive.
Injectronics hopes to add $10 million in sales from the clean room, he said.
Accutech expanding eyes second facility
Marlborough, Mass., injection molder Accutech Plastics Inc. plans to add 5,000 square feet to its facility and will consider building a second plant in the Southeast.
The company is adding three machines, bringing its total to 19, as it enlarges the facility to 35,000 square feet, according to Linda Braunhardt, regional sales manager.
The expansion will let the firm do its own toolmaking for prototyping and pre-production, a move projected to add as much as $4 million in sales in several years, Braunhardt said.
The firm currently does about $6 million.
When Accutech reaches $9 million in sales it will start planning for a second facility in North Carolina or South Carolina. Part of the growth is anticipated to come from bio-absorbable products, but clinical trials still are being conducted on the material, she said.
Rexam Medical seeks S. American foothold
Rexam Medical Packaging is looking for capital investments in a plant either on its own or in a joint venture in Argentina or Brazil.
The Vernon Hills, Ill.-based firm was told by its parent, London-based Rexam plc, to get 20 percent of its sales from developing countries, said Jose Arevalo, marketing programs manager for Latin America.
In the next six months, the company should have firm plans for those countries, as well as for its previously announced facility slated for Mexico, he said.
Dow adding capacity for its PU elastomers
Dow Plastics is adding 50 million pounds of capacity for polyurethane elastomers at its LaPorte, Texas, facility, almost doubling the capacity of the plant.
The expansion will be used to make its Pellathane-brand resin available in Europe, said Nancy Hermanson, medical market technical leader for Dow Plastics in Midland, Mich.
The expensive specialty resin previously was not available in Europe because Dow did not have dedicated sales and technical support in place, Hermanson said.
Madison Polymeric moving to new plant
Madison Polymeric Engineering will move to a new, 50,000-square-foot plant in Branford, Conn., this month, said President Walter Maguire.
The foam plastics producer will not be installing any new lines, but has added five die cutters in the past year, according to Maguire.
The company is vacating a 30,000-square-foot facility in Branford. Maguire would not disclose Madison's sales, but he said the firm employs about 30.
Crystal venture buys thermoforming line
Crystal Thermoplastics Inc.'s Puerto Rican joint venture recently purchased a SenCorp. 2500 thermoforming line for $300,000, giving the facility three lines.
The high-speed automatic line will do mainly electronics packaging in the Bayamon, Puerto Rico, plant, said Michael Brown, vice president of sales and marketing for the Cumberland, R.I., thermoforming company.