Bay Plastics Machinery Corp., a Michigan pelletizer service firm, has a new German partner — C.F. Scheer & CIE GmbH + Co.
Bay Plastics Machinery of Bay City, Mich., and Scheer of Stuttgart, Germany, announced their joint venture, Scheer/Bay Co., on March 12. With the new alliance, Scheer has ended its 20-year relationship with Werner & Pfleiderer Corp. in Ramsey, N.J. W&P, the U.S. unit of a German compounding extruder manufacturer, had sold Scheer products in North America.
Pelletizers are used in compounding and resin manufacturing. The equipment chops strands of resin once they emerge from an extruder and go through a cooling process.
Scheer, which is more than 100 years old, formed its Pelletizing Machinery Division in 1962. The company makes both conventional and self-threading strand pelletizers, plus a complete line of extrusion dies, cooling troughs, centrifugal dryers, air knives and screen changers. About 225 people work at Scheer.
Bay Plastics Machinery is much younger and, with 12 employees, smaller. The company was formed in June by several former Conair Jetro employees.
Bay Plastics now provides service, parts and process support for all brands of pelletizing machinery. Bay President Tony Forgash Jr. said the joint venture with Scheer will allow the company to achieve a longer-term goal — to design and manufacture its own line of pelletizers.
``Eventually, who knows how long it would take, [but] we felt we would best serve a growing customer roster with our own line of equipment,'' Forgash said. ``This simply moves the timetable ahead — to right now!''
Bay Plastics will import the Scheer pelletizers and add U.S.-sourced electronics, such as an alternating-current, variable-frequency drive, Forgash said. The Michigan operation also will build some bases for the equipment, he said.
The next step is designing a new pelletizer specifically for the U.S. market, he said.
Bay Plastics will continue to service pelletizers from other suppliers.