CHICAGO — A small consulting firm plans to open a 10,000-square-foot plastics compounding research facility in Smyrna, Del., that will focus on engineering plastics in the automotive, electrical and electronics markets.
The $600,000 facility will include a twin-screw pilot line and a full testing laboratory and will be the 4-year-old company's first venture from consulting into research, said Daniel Davidson, president of DerriTech Consultants International Ltd. The company is in Clayton, Del.
The company also has hired its first full-time consultant in Hong Kong, he said.
Davidson has been a vice president for Bay Resins Inc. in Millington, Md., a manager for Shinkong Synthetics Fibers Corp. in Taipei, Taiwan, and has worked for Union Carbide Corp. of Danbury, Conn., and Arco Chemical Co. in Newtown Square, Pa.
The plant will serve as a contract research lab and will focus on polypropylene, nylon and polybutylene terephthalate, and will work on new fillers and reinforced materials, flame retardants and high-temperature compounds, Davidson said. The company will employ five, he said.
``We see a strong growth in specialty engineering polymers, and that growth will be matched by the need for custom compounds of all types,'' he said.
The facility is to open in early 1998.
Davidson declined to discuss who the firm is working for, but said 80 percent of its business currently is in the Far East. The consulting firm has about $300,000 in annual sales now, he said.
The company's expansion is being been financed privately, Davidson said.