Werner & Ofeiderer joins Krupp group
Plastics News correspondent Joann D. McKinlay reported these items from Plasticos de las Americas, held April 15-17 in Miami
The Mexico City office of Krupp Werner & Pfleiderer Corp. is offering additional compounding lines, and plans to employ additional service and parts department staff.
As of Jan. 1, Werner & Pfleiderer Corp. in Ramsey, N.J., officially changed its name to show it is one of five divisions of the industrial group Fried.Krupp AG, based in Essen, Germany.
Before the name change, the Mexico City office just sold Werner & Pfleiderer compounders. ``Now we have added on Krupp Corpoplast and Krupp Kautex lines,'' said Felipe Tovar, general director of the Mexican representation office. Tovar added that the firm sees important growth in Mexico's PET soft drink market.
Krupp Werner & Pfleiderer has about 100 clients in Latin America, and another 50 in Mexico, added Asmut Kahns, vice president for sales and marketing.
Longwood invests in recycling growth
Longwood Plastics is expanding, not because business is good, but in the hopes of attracting more customers. The Houston-based firm is a post-industrial plastic recycler and a division of Longwood Products Inc.
``The cost of virgin resin is so low that there is no incentive to buy scrap resin,'' said Vice President Robert J. Lang.
Longwood is adding two lines on at the Houston plant to expand compounding and pelletizing capacity. The firm has a Mexico City office that offers raw materials to niche markets, such as polyethylene for bags and PVC for shoe soles, as well as recycled products like film scrap, regrind and reprocessed pellets.
Plastec building new Mexico City offices
Plastec USA Inc. will open a new office and showroom in Mexico City by mid-May, said regional sales manager David E. Sosa.
The Miami-based firm has Mexico offices in Mexico City and Monterrey, and is looking for a representative in Guadalajara.
Sosa said the firm had just completed two sales to plants in Saltillo, Mexico. One was an injection press to Ditemsa SA de CV, which will use it to test molds. Ditemsa, a unit of metal and ceramics company Grupo Industrial Saltillo SA de CV, plans to begin mold manufacturing in mid-1998. The other contract was with GE Mexico for production of Mabe household appliances, he said.
Plastec represents nearly a dozen machinery makers in Mexico, Chile, Brazil and Argentina, including Cincinnati Milacron Inc.