New Linpac facility to make EPS products
KNOTTINGLEY, ENGLAND — Food packaging manufacturer Linpac Plastics Ltd. plans to open a new, 176,000-square-foot expanded polystyrene food-service product plant in northern England.
The extrusion, thermoforming and printing plant at St. Helens, England, is designed to complement the firm's major EPS molding plant at Featherstone, also in northern England, according to Knottingley-based Linpac Plastics.
The St. Helens plant is geared to meet rising demand for Linpac's clamshell hot-food boxes, fish and chip containers and catering trays, all in shorter runs.
The plant will feature a new, U.S.-made, $400,000 dry offset printing line to decorate boxes with clients' logos or designs.
St. Helens will be Linpac Plastics' 14th EPS food-service product plant. Others are in Sebring, Fla.; Wilson, N.C.; and in England, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, South Africa, Chile and Uruguay.
Precimold Inc. adds space, four presses
MONTREAL — Canada's Precimold Inc. recently spent about C$1.3 million (US$900,000) to expand its custom molding shop.
President Gunter Weiss said his firm added four injection presses to boost its count to 22, with clamping forces of 7-300 tons. It also built a 17,000-square-foot addition to expand floor space to 48,000 square feet.
Weiss said his firm installed Engel presses with clamping forces of 150, 250 and 300 tons, and a 7-ton Nissei at its Montreal facility. Precimold focuses on difficult molding jobs and insert molding and makes parts as small as 0.0005 grams. Weiss said services include mold building, hot stamping and assembly.
He did not reveal major customers but said business is strong. The company probably will add weekend shifts this summer to handle order backlogs.
Sonics & Materials consolidates 4 plants
NEWTOWN, CONN. — Sonics & Materials Inc. relocated to a larger facility recently.
Sonics President Bob Soloff said his firm purchased and renovated a 65,000-square-foot building in Newtown to consolidate four former plants in nearby Danbury, Conn. Sonics spent about $4 million on the project. The building is on a 17-acre lot.
Soloff said the extra space will allow Sonics to add manufacturing equipment and the consolidation will improve efficiency. Sonics makes sonic, vibration, spin and hot-plate welders.
Huntsman buys 2nd W&H 5-layer film line
LINCOLN, R.I. — Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corp. of Lincoln has sold a second five-layer Varex blown film line to Huntsman Packaging Corp.'s Bloomington, Ind., plant.
The line is to be operational by July, said a Windmoeller spokeswoman.The first line was installed in 1996 at the Indiana plant, she said. The new line includes W&H's Nostic package, a noncontact turning bar designed for highly tacky materials such as metallocene resins.