LONG BEACH, CALIF. — Sandretto USA plans to begin manufacturing injection molding machines in Pittsburgh soon, and has named a new chief executive officer.
Effective Jan. 1, Trezzano, Italy-based Cannon Group appointed R. Brooks Hammer president of newly renamed Sandretto USA.
Hammer is president and CEO of Pittsburgh-based Cannon USA, which manufactures polyurethane machinery. Now, he also oversees Sandretto USA, formerly known as Sandretto Plastics Machinery Inc. Hammer has been in the plastics and urethane businesses for 33 years.
Cannon Group and merchant bank Cassa di Risparmio di Torino on Sept. 1 took official ownership of Sandretto Group from the Italian Ministry of Industry. Cannon owns 70 percent of Sandretto. The ministry had controlled Torino, Italy-based Sandretto Group since 1993 and agreed in March to allow Cannon to acquire Sandretto.
This year, Sandretto USA intends to establish a new site for its sales and technical service operation, Tony Firth said in an interview at the Western Plastics Expo, held Jan. 6-8 in Long Beach.
Firth was named vice president and general manager of Sandretto USA, and Liam Burns was appointed sales engineering manager.
Now in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, the operation employs 14 at its 7,500-square-foot plant, which assembles systems and supports field installations.
Currently, Sandretto makes presses with clamping forces of 30-5,500 tons in Italy. The company is studying which size presses to start manufacturing in North America. The most likely candidate is the Mega T series, with clamping forces of 550-1,430 tons. Firth anticipates completing the study by May.
The U.S. manufacturing operation will use the experience at Cannon's Pittsburgh facility, which employs 70 and occupies about 70,000 square feet. The plant makes systems to molds PU products.
At WPE, Sandretto displayed its Series Eight Advantage 100 injection molding machine. Sandretto has made injection molding machines since 1946.