Eclipse Packaging building PE film plant
STATESVILLE, N.C. — Eclipse Packaging Inc. broke ground May 4 for a North Carolina facility to extrude blown polyethylene film for food packagers.
Incorporated in January, the firm is constructing a 15,800-square-foot facility on a 101/2-acre, rail-siding-accessible site near Statesville in Iredell County, President Rob Whitener said in a telephone interview.
By August, Eclipse Packaging plans to begin operating two Battenfeld Gloucester lines, a 94-inch and 64-inch line. The equipment will make blown film for modified-atmosphere packaging for fruits and vegetables, controlled-atmosphere packaging for meats and poultry and protective packaging for textile, furniture, construction and automotive applications.
The company will start with 17-20 employees and plans to grow to 30 within three years.
Whitener said Eclipse Packaging is investing more than $4 million in equipment, building, land and improvements.
Union Carbide, BP abandon merger talk
LONDON — A Union Carbide/British Petroleum combination won't be on the growing list of global mega-mergers any time soon, although BP officials confirm they briefly considered such a deal.
The rumored deal, first reported May 3 in London's Sunday Business newspaper, would have combined London-based BP's chemicals division with Carbide of Danbury, Conn., creating the world's third-largest chemical company.
``We had a proposal brought to us, we looked at it and abandoned it,'' said Ian Fowler, director of corporate communications with BP Americas in New York. He declined to reveal the origin of the proposal BP had considered.
Carbide declined to comment on the proposal, but director of corporate communications Bob Berzok said the firm's current strategic plan ``is the best possible deal for our shareholders.''
Carbide is one of the largest makers of linear low density polyethylene in the world and also has solid positions in low density PE and polypropylene resins. BP is one of Europe's largest PE makers and is a player in the European polystyrene market.
Harmac to expand operations into Ireland
BUFFALO, N.Y. —Harmac Medical Products Inc. will invest $3 million in a plant in Ireland, its first facility away from its Buffalo headquarters.
The 27,000-square-foot plant in Castlerea, Ireland, should be operating this summer, initially to make enteral feeding-bag products for an Abbott Laboratories plant in Sligo, Ireland, that now is served from Buffalo, the company announced May 8.
President Thomas Bienias would not disclose production capability, but said the plant will have all the capabilities that Harmac's 80,000-square-foot headquarters plant has, including radio-frequency welding, ultrasonic welding, heat sealing, clean room assembly and injection molding.
The company will make feeding bags out of both PVC and polyolefins because the European market is getting more concerned about PVC and is shifting away from using it, said Harmac spokeswoman Lynne Adamczyk.
The facility will have a Class 100,000 clean room and will employ 100. The contract manufacturer makes custom disposable medical devices, including fluid delivery bags and other medical components. Harmac officials declined to dislose sales figures.
PN enhances Web site and adds features
AKRON, OHIO — Visitors to Plastics News On the Web will see some enhancements and additional features — including two interactive forms.
We have adopted a new procedure for collecting industry Web site addresses. To submit details about your organization's Web site to us, please enter our site (www.plasticsnews.com), click on the Web Watch button on the navigational bar and follow the instructions. To be included in our new Web site database, you must fully complete and submit this form electronically — even if you have sent us details by other means in the past.
On several of our site's pages, viewers now will notice an icon for the 1998 Plastics News Processor of the Year award. Just click on the icon and then complete and submit the form, if you wish to nominate a North American processor for that honor. Deadline is Aug. 14.
Meanwhile, the most noticeable changes on the site relate to graphics. We have refined the navigational bar to make it easier to use, and shrunk and repositioned the Plastics News logo on each page to allow more text on each screen. Let us know what you think.