Compounder Oxford gets bigger facility
MIDDLETOWN, CONN. — Oxford Industries of Connecticut Inc., a Middletown-based compounder, is moving to a larger facility in New Britain, Conn.
The company will lease about 25,000 square feet with the option to expand. The building, which once housed New Britain Machine Co., already has some complementary equipment including an overhead crane and special electrical wiring.
Nick DeFelice, vice president of operations for the polymer division, said the new plant will allow the company to expand capacity four to five times over the Middletown plant.
The compounder of engineering-grade resins plans to move some of the operation to New Britain by the end of October.
Oxford will keep its old facility for about a year and slowly move all operations to New Britain by August 1998.
The company already has bought two extrusion lines and expanded its lab capabilities. The entire project probably will cost about $750,000, DeFelice said.
Oxford is a Tier 1 supplier to the automotive industry, DeFelice said. He declined to provide information about the company's sales or number of employees.
New PP line boosts Aristech capacity
PITTSBURGH — Aristech Chemical Corp. of Pittsburgh will add a 550 million-pound-per-year polyproppylene resin line at its LaPorte, Texas, site by mid-1999.
The line will be Aristech's third at the 200-acre LaPorte site and will bring the company's total PP capacity to 1.4 billion pounds annually. Aristech also operates a 450 million-pound-per-year PP plant in Neal, W.Va.
Construction of the new line, which will use Montell's Spheripol bulk-loop and gas-phase reactor technology, will begin later this year. Project costs were not disclosed. A company spokesman said Aristech is unsure if the new line will create new jobs at the site.
Rapid prototype firm opens up in Florida
POMPANO BEACH, FLA. — A new rapid prototyping company, 3Dimensional Engineering, recently opened in Pompano Beach.
The firm is using an SLA-500 rapid prototyping machine from 3D Systems Corp. of California.
The SLA-500 uses a high-energy laser and photosensitive polymer resins to produce prototypes and parts that are accurate within thousandths of an inch, the company said. With this equipment, the company can produce solid and hollow prototypes ranging from medical instruments to plastic pager covers and engine manifolds. The company will serve small and medium-sized manufacturers in the area.
DuPont Co. targeting Malaysia for growth
SINGAPORE — DuPont Co. is poised to set up specialty plastics and chemical plants in Malaysia as part of a regional expansion, according to a senior executive at DuPont Malaysia.
Hapiz Abdullah, the company's managing director and country manager, said the firm is considering sites in Kertih and Kuantang. Other sites under consideration are on the west coast of peninsular Malaysia, Hapiz said.
In 1973, DuPont set up a Malaysian representative office, which now is involved primarily in polymers, chemicals, fluoropolymers, fibers, advanced composites and imaging, according to Hapiz.
Polymerland becomes sole GE agent in U.K.
SALE, ENGLAND — Resin distributor Polymerland U.K. of Sale will assume exclusive responsibility for the supply of the materials of its parent, GE Plastics, in Britain in October.
The announcement follows Polymerland's August decision to end its subcontracting arrangement with United Kingdom plastics supplier Resin Express Ltd. of High Wycombe, England. Resin Express was acquired early this year by Ravago Plastics NV group of Arendonk, Belgium. Ravago has links to Dow Chemical Co., a direct competitor of Pittsfield, Mass.-based GE in such resins as polycarbonate and ABS.
Superior Die, B&F create partnership
OLDCASTLE, ONTARIO — B&F Boring Co. Ltd. of Oldcastle and Oak Creek, Wis.-based Superior Die Set Corp. have formed a partnership that expands B&F's product line and services to customers in the Windsor/Detroit area.
The new relationship makes B&F an authorized manufacturer and distributor of Superior products, using components purchased from Superior.
``We've secured a quality source of die and mold components and are nicely positioned to further expand our services and facilities,'' said B&F President Gary Arquette.
Superior products include mold bases for the injection molding industry, plus components including pins, bushings, springs and other items.
Dash Multi-Corp. buys Urethane Technologies
ST. LOUIS—Dash Multi-Corp. Inc. has completed its $600,000 purchase of bankrupt Urethane Tech- nologies Inc. assets, the firm said.
The recently concluded deal comprises all holdings of UTI's operating division, Polymer Development Laboratories Inc., including production equipment, technologies, patents and customer lists.
UTI's unsecured creditors in March forced the polyurethane systems maker into liquidation under Chapter 7 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.Atlanta-based Hess Polyurethanes Inc., which used PDL equipment and leased a PDL plant before UTI folded, bought the Georgia assets from Dash in June for an undisclosed amount, according to Dash.
Dash will continue PDL's product line under its MarChem Corp. subsidiary, which makes PVC systems for the construction, auto and transportation markets.
Dash, a diversified company, posts annual sales in excess of $130 million. It is based in St. Louis.
WestWind relocates to bigger operation
ROSENBERG, TEXAS—Customer demand prompted honeycomb supplier WestWind Composites Inc. to speed a relocation, completing a plant in August, rather than November.
``We secured some large contracts and needed to expedite the process'' for delivery and support, Eddie Yashruti, vice president of business development, said in a telephone interview.
WestWind now occupies a plant on a 15-acre site in Rosenberg, about 30 miles east of its former crowded quarters of 40,000 square feet in Houston.
Renovations and additions brought the main Rosenberg facility to 50,000 square feet. Nearby, WestWind occupies two buildings with 20,000 square feet for research and development and other activities. New equipment substantially will boost capacity.
Aldila Inc. to supply carbon fiber in 1998
SAN DIEGO — Aldila Inc. expects to begin delivering its commercial-grade carbon fiber in 1998's first quarter.
``Initially, we will supply the carbon fiber to Aldila Golf for the manufacture of graphite prepreg used to produce golf shafts,'' Gary T. Barbera, chairman and chief executive officer, said in Aldila's quarterly report.
The graphite golf shaft firm spent $5 million in the first six months of 1997 for construction of the polyacrylonitrile carbon-fiber plant in Evanston, Wyo.
American Polymers Inc. of Worcester, Mass., named CPR Inc. of Ybor City, Fla., a distributor of its polystyrene products in Florida.