Australia's Dyman opens foam outlets
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA — Australian flexible foam manufacturer and retailer Dyman Foams Pty. Ltd. opened its second store this summer, with plans to extend the chain within the next two years.
The Brisbane-based company opened its second Foamworld store at Gold Coast, Australia, to cater to retail customers and small industry, according to James Dyer, Dyman Foams managing director.
Dyman Foams is a major supplier of polyurethane foam to Australia's furniture, bedding, automotive, marine vessel and sporting goods industries.
The company branched into retail four years ago, when it opened its first Foamworld retail showroom in Brisbane, and then identified Gold Coast as the next key location.
``Gold Coast is one of the bigger growth areas in the state [of Queensland],'' Dyer said.
One-quarter of Dyman Foams' customers are Gold Coast-based, but few stores in the region can supply the foam needs of small manufacturers.
In the next two years, one-third of Gold Coast Foamworld's customers will be small industrial manufacturers with small-volume requirements, Dyer said.
Dyman Foams will build small manufacturing facilities to complement planned regional retail outlets, but prefers to stock its Gold Coast store from its Brisbane factory.
Big Czech molder adds Battenfeld unit
LIBEREC, CZECH REPUBLIC — A major custom molder in the Czech Republic has purchased a new, 2,700-ton press from Germany's Battenfeld to further expand its production of parts for the automotive industry.
Peguform Bohemia of Liberec, with 150 injection molding machines, has taken delivery of the HM press from Battenfeld Injection Molding International — the supplier's first HM series injection molding machine sold in the Czech Republic.
Peguform, formerly known as Plastimat, began molding large injection molded parts in 1987, according to Battenfeld. More than 70 percent of its sales now are generated by the automotive sector.
The new injection press, which operates with a 41-ton Zimmermann mold, is being used to produce vehicle bumpers for various cars built in the Republic by Skoda.
The Czech firm operates machines with clamping forces of 30-2,700 tons in a work area of 195,000 square feet at the Liberec plant.
``Today, we have an annual output of 800,000 bumpers in a four-shift, seven-day production,'' said Peguform's Chief Executive Officer Pavel Neumann.
Apothecary to keep contract molders
BURNSVILLE, MINN. — Apothecary Products Inc. will continue to use contract injection molders after it opens a new head office plant by next spring.
The Burnsville-based firm will spend as much as $8 million to consolidate its three current plants in the area in a single Burnsville plant, said Ellen Davis, senior vice president.
The 160,000-square-foot facility, more than twice as big as its current headquarters, will house the private firm's drug repackaging and printing divisions, photography studio and design operations.
Apothecary designs and markets Ezy Dose and other plastic bottles and containers, which it calls patient-compliance aids because the containers help consumers regulate their medicine dosage. Terry Noble, a pharmacist, founded the company in 1973.
Davis said her company contracts out bottle molding locally, elsewhere in the United States and even in offshore molding shops. Apothecary's molds are made to its specifications by outside tool builders.
Burnham distributes cross-linked PE pipe
DENVER — Uponor Hot Water Systems North America, a Denver-based subsidiary of Uponor Group of Espoo, Finland, has hooked up with a new U.S. supplier for its cross-linked polyethylene heating pipe.
Burnham Radiant Heating Co. Inc., a subsidiary of Burnham Corp. of Lancaster, Pa., will distribute cross-linked PE tubing in one-half-inch and three-quarter-inch diameters for indoor residential and commercial heating applications, as well as 1-inch-diameter pipe for melting snow and warming pavement outside, according to a news release from Uponor.
BRHC will offer a complete radiant heating system based on the tubing together with a full line of fittings, accessories and controls.
The tubing — which is cross-linked by an electron beam — is made by another Uponor subsidiary, Hewing GmbH of Ochtrup, Germany.
Australian processors may get insurance cut
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — The Australian plastics industry expects to pay lower property and workers' compensation insurance premiums if companies implement the Plastics and Chemicals Industries Association safety management program, Plascare.
Jim Smith, Plascare manager for Melbourne-based PACIA, said property premiums could fall 30-50 percent and workers' compensation premiums 50 percent.
Alan Quantrell, from Melbourne-based Alan Quantrell Insurance Brokers Pty. Ltd., a PACIA program adviser, would not give figures, but he said the group will match the effort plastics companies put into implementing the program, now under development.
Small companies are most likely to see premiums drop, because many large manufacturers already have solid risk-management procedures, and therefore fewer workplace injuries and lower premiums, he said.
PACIA started developing the systematic, performance-based, safety-management system nearly two years ago to help plastics firms improve their overall manufacturing safety performance.
PACIA has developed codes covering machinery safeguarding, hazard identification, risk assessment, manual handling, safe storage and fire protection, and is developing four more codes, he said. The codes follow European standards.
New JVC Calif. plant churning out discs
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. — JVC Disc America Co. has topped the 1 million milestone in monthly production of compact discs, CD-ROMs and digital versatile discs at a recently dedicated, 100,000-square-foot facility, four miles south of Sacramento.
JVC continues to ramp up production on the way to the site's goal of employing 100 and reaching a monthly capacity of 3 million discs, including 600,000 DVDs.
The $35 million West Coast facility puts JVC closer to some customers than the firm's first North American plant in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and positions the firm for future expansions, according to the company.
At the Alabama location, JVC produces more than 9 million computer and music compact discs monthly, but no DVDs. That site opened with 40,000 square feet in 1987, now occupies 200,000 square feet and has responsibility for management of the new facility.
St. Louis-based Siegel-Robert Inc., an automotive supplier that performs molding, plating and assembly, won Chrysler Corp.'s Gold Pentastar Award for the 1996 model year.