TALLMADGE, OHIO — Francis Shaw Plastics Machinery Ltd. and Betol Machinery Ltd., long-time sister companies under holding company EIS Group plc of London, have become a single entity.
Under a merger effective Sept. 30, the Betol nameplate will be attached to all the plastics extruders formerly sold as Francis Shaw machines, Rich Vester, vice president of the English companies' U.S. affiliate, said from Betol's sales, demonstration and service facility in Tallmadge.
Previously, Betol specialized in 18- to 75-millimeter, tight-tolerance tubing machines, while Francis Shaw produced high-volume, single-screw machines with screw diameters as large as 250mm for pipes, Vester said.
With the merger, Francis Shaw's plastics management and engineering personnel in Manchester, England, moved to join their counterparts at Betol's Luton, England, headquarters, Vester said.
``They will all be under one roof,'' Vester said. ``There's a technological advantage of having two engineering groups coming together.''
Manufacturing of the larger-diameter extruders gradually will be moved to Luton as well, Vester said.
Currently all Betol machines are made in England, with the Tallmadge facility able to add U.S. electrical components. Plans call for the U.S. company to gain more assembly and fabrication capabilities to meet the different demands for the North American market, Vester said.
Rubber extrusion machines still will be made in Manchester, and will continue to carry the Francis Shaw label, Vester said.
Betol also manufactures and sells complete downstream systems for extrusion lines, Vester said.
``From the extruders to cutter or winders and everything in between, we manufacture,'' he said. ``Our forte is complete systems.''
End products now include everything from the minuscule sticks used for cotton swabs to polyethylene gas and water pipe.
Betol reported 1996 sales of £5.8 million ($9.07 million). Francis Shaw reported £18.9 million ($29.5 million) in 1996 sales for both its rubber and plastics businesses.