Bayer plans course for nylon resin in U.S.
PITTSBURGH — A top Bayer Corp. official says the Pittsburgh firm is looking to expand its presence in the North American nylon market.
``We're not satisfied with our position in nylon in the U.S.,'' Peter Mueller said May 5 at Bayer's annual Chemical Day event. ``We have compounding and pre-marketing but no real basis on polymerization.
``We may do something alone or cooperate with some partner,'' added Mueller, senior vice president of polymers. ``We're going to explore all opportunities.''
Bayer markets nylon resin that parent Bayer AG makes in Uerdingen, Germany. Bayer Corp. does nylon compounding at its Hebron, Ohio, site, but does not produce nylon resin in North America.
The continuing surge in nylon use — particularly in automotive applications, where Mueller said nylon will be in 80 percent of air-intake manifolds in the next five years — is spurring Bayer's interest in the material.
``Nylon is becoming so important and we want to be a part of it,'' Mueller said. ``We're working on a number of really interesting technologies.''
Calif. mold maker buys new equipment
CORONA, CALIF. — Mold maker Advanced Tool Technology Inc. has invested $200,000 in advanced software, personal computers and another Fadal computer numerically controlled milling machine.
The Corona-based firm began to deliver molds Jan. 1 with six-week lead times, so it needed additional resources, including staff. Advanced Tool hired seven people, bringing its work force to 30.
The company purchased two Pro-Engineering computer-aided-design stations and 10 new personal computers, bringing its total PCs to 27, supporting a paperless system of building molds, mainly for electronics and computer peripheral firms with short time-to-market windows.