Plasticorp has added production capacity and improved its operational space in Southern California.
The close-tolerance injection molder employs 140, had sales of $12.8 million for the fiscal year ended June 30 and annually ships about 120 million plastic parts, mostly for automotive, electronic and consumer markets.
During the past year, Plasticorp has installed presses with clamping forces of 550, 385, 220 and 165 tons, bringing the plant total to 48 machines. The company bought the Taiwan Machine Corp. presses from TMC America Inc. of McLean, Va.
Plasticorp is expanding next door to its 60,000-square-foot headquarters facility in Harbor City, Calif. In September 1996, the firm leased an adjacent, 42,000-square-foot building but has used only 11,000 square feet for warehousing. It plans to expands into more of that space, which also gave the firm room in its main plant for more presses and new offices.
Plasticorp, which formed in 1973, began custom molding in 1985 and moved into proprietary products in 1994. Now, the company has proprietary health-equipment and board-encapsulation lines. The latter involves encapsulating a computer chip on a small board, typically using polyphenylene sulfide resin.
A separate division for its Powerline-brand wheels, flat belt pulleys and cable pulleys accounted for 1997 sales of about $1.3 million.
Plasticorp has made molding pulleys for manufacturers of exercise gears, and Powerline extends that line.
Encapsulation technology provides an entree to the market for hand-held appliances such as garage door remote controls.
Plasticorp maintains a catalog of 157 proprietary tools to encapsulate telephone relays, building capacitors and computer-related products for board assemblies.
Plasticorp designs molds for, and makes parts with, accumulator-assisted rapid injection. Thin-wall examples include 41/2 - and 10-inch-diameter audio cones of a thermoplastic resin and an elastic material.
Services also include sonic welding, pad printing and hot stamping. It has an arrangement with a Mexican firm that assembles products in Nogales, Mexico.