ATLANTA — A closer shave for millions has prompted Precise Technology Inc. to beef up its factory in Holden, Mass. — where Precise is molding trays for Gillette's new three-blade razor, the Mach 3.
Precise, based in North Versailles, Pa., is supplying injection molded polystyrene trays used to package the Mach 3 shavers sold worldwide, said Raymond Veno, Precise's vice president of continuous improvement.
Veno spoke at Antec '98 in Atlanta, during an April 27 session called ``The Business of Injection Molding.''
Precise has been molding the trays for the past four months, Veno said. The firm bought nine Sumitomo presses for the work — five with clamping forces of 350 tons and four 260-tonners.
With much fanfare, Gillette recently unveiled the Mach 3, its first new razor since the two-blade Sensor. Veno said the project was top-secret. Precise painted over windows at the Holden factory. Security cameras were mounted in strategic locations.
Veno said an insert in the tray is in-line sputter coated — the process used to make compact discs — to give it a chrome finish.
The Antec session focused on molders partnering with large customers to become single-source suppliers. One of Veno's points was that molders must keep reinvesting in new technology. For the Mach 3 work, Precise invested $2.5 million for the injection presses and $2 million for improvements to the building. Gillette also invested $10 million in the packaging effort, Veno said.