Federal Plastics Manufacturing Ltd. is doubling the size of its sheet extrusion facility to make room for two new sheet lines.
Federal expects to complete the addition at its Montreal plant by the end of February, said David Grunberger, vice president of the privately held company. He did not disclose the cost of the expansion, which increases Federal's space to 110,000 square feet.
Grunberger said Federal will install a new extrusion line dedicated to high-molecular-weight polyethylene sheet because of good opportunities in vacuum formed products such as truck bed liners. The line, equipped with a 41/2-inch extruder, will be running within three months, he said in a telephone interview.
Federal bought the equipment about a year ago but ran out of room in its current facility. Within a year Federal also will install a polystyrene sheet extrusion line.
Federal extrudes a range of styrenic and polyolefin resins in thicknesses of 0.01-0.75 inch, and keeps more than 300 kinds of sheet in stock. It sells sheet for vacuum forming, screen printing, automotive, construction and industrial applications. About a year ago it entered thin-gauge flocking, a process that converts one side of a sheet to a fuzzy surface. Grunberger said his firm is the only flocking operation in Canada that also makes its own polystyrene sheet. Applications for flocked sheet include seasonal decorations, such as outdoor ribbons.
Grunberger said Federal had record sales last year but he would not disclose them. In Plastics News' film and sheet survey last year, Federal reported 1996 sales of about US$13.3 million.