Action Technology recently opened a plastics tubing plant in Rosate, Italy, near the firm's rubber processing operations.
Leo Gans, president of Action Technology, put start-up costs for the Italian extrusion operation — Action's second in Europe — at around $1 million.
That investment includes three extrusion lines, but the facility can accommodate a total of seven extruders, Gans confirmed by telephone from Action's Rockaway, N.J., headquarters.
Action Technology is the top plastic tubing extruder in North America, with roughly $68.8 million in tubing sales, according to Plastics News' estimates.
The Rosate site, near Milan, has equipment for both spooled and cut tubing products. It will produce dispenser packaging and writing instrument tubing, such as ink cartridge refills for ballpoint pens. The dispenser market uses extruded dip tubing and nozzle extensions in both aerosol containers and trigger and finger pump packages.
The plant, which mainly will process polypropylene and polyethylene, currently employs 15, Gans said.
Action also has a plant in Aalst, Belgium.
In 1996, the company added spiral-wound corrugated hose extrusion at Rockaway and at its plant in City of Industry, Calif., for the swimming pool and spa markets. Other uses for corrugated hose include floor-cleaning and home appliance applications.
The corrugated hose process complements Action's 20-year-old continuous blow molded hose operations, the company said in a news release.
Future plans for the firm include locating an extrusion operation at an undisclosed site in the Far East, according to Gans. The company currently exports extruded products from its European and U.S. facilities to the Far East and Australia.
Action Technology, a division of publicly traded PureTec Corp. of Ridgefield, N.J., has four U.S. plants, more than 60 extrusion lines and total profile and tubing sales estimated at $86 million, placing it 26th on Plastics News' ranking.
Action Technology employs about 650 worldwide.