Machine alliance targets window market
YORK, PA.—Three machinery and tooling companies — Adept Corp., Conair Group's Metaplast unit and Davis-Standard Corp. — have teamed up to supply single-source extrusion systems to the window profile industry.
The alliance was launched during a two-day seminar in April at Adept headquarters in York, billed as ``Window Profile Processing ... A Technological Breakthrough.''
Adept, which makes extrusion dies and vacuum calibration systems, took delivery of its first extruder late last year, a Davis-Standard GP94 parallel twin-screw machine. At the seminar, about 100 guests saw the extruder run a single-hung, thin-wall window jamb at a rate faster than 161/2 feet a minute.
The demonstration line included Adept tooling and Conair/Metaplast downstream equipment, including a calibration table with a puller, saw and dump table.
Geon Co. of Avon Lake, Ohio, and its recently acquired PVC compounder, Synergistics Inc. of Mississauga, Ontario, also sponsored the conference.
By working together, the companies can increase their ability to serve window extruders, said Richard Altland, sales manager at Adept.
``We are trying to become a force in the industry, to supply equipment worldwide,'' he said.
Altland said Adept bought the Davis-Standard extruder to test and finish downstream sizing lines it makes in York before shipping them to customers.
Conair of Emsworth, Pa., bought Metaplast Ltd. of Lachine, Quebec, in 1997. Davis-Standard is based in Pawcatuck, Conn.
Biomaterials law may get jump-start
WASHINGTON — Long-stalled biomaterials liability legislation could be in the offing, after President Clinton indicated he could sign a larger, compromise version of a product liability bill emerging in the Senate.
The biomaterials legislation had been delayed because it was part of more-controversial product liability legislation in the Senate, but an agreement crafted June 9 by Sens. John Rockefeller, D.-W.Va., and Slade Gorton, R-Wash., appears to have paved the way for Clinton's signature. The president vetoed a product liability bill two years ago.
The biomaterials provision in the bill appears to have the exemptions sought by suppliers of raw materials for medical devices, said Lew Freeman, vice president of government affairs with the Washington-based Society of the Plastics Industry Inc.
The bill would exempt materials suppliers as long as their materials are not defective or do not contribute to product failure, he said.
Biomaterials legislation in the House is not part of other product liability measures, and any Senate version must be reconciled with the House position.
Flextronics wins Hewlett-Packard work
SAN JOSE, CALIF. — Hewlett-Packard Co. has selected contract manufacturer Flextronics International Ltd. as a primary manufacturer in Europe for inkjet printers, using Flextronics' Sarvar campus in Hungary.
The companies expect that Flextronics' EcoPlast wholly owned injection molding subsidiary in Sarvar will supply parts for the printers.
Flextronics was given responsibility to build both printed circuit board assemblies and complete box assemblies for the line, beginning with the HP Deskjet 720C printer. Initial production will be completed in September with Hewlett-Packard shipping units throughout Europe.
Hewlett-Packard is based in Palo Alto, Calif., and Flextronics is based in Singapore with principal offices in San Jose.
Maryland Thermoform, Klon get new digs
TOWSON, MD. — Maryland Thermoform Corp. and Klon Corp. will relocate to a new facility by the end of July.
Maryland Thermoform thermoforms light- and heavy-gauge plastic products and packaging. Klon is an injection molder and makes thermoforming and injection mold tooling. The companies, owned by related partnerships, will move from Towson into a 45,000-square-foot facility in Baltimore, said Scott Macdonald, vice president of sales and marketing for Maryland.
``Our new facility will allow our production capacity to increase,'' Macdonald said.``We will also have room for the three new thermoforming machines that we have just purchased.''
Macdonald said Maryland Thermoform already has six thermoforming machines. Klon currently owns five presses. The companies will be purchasing new machines in the future and will hire a total of 10-25 employees within the year.
The companies bought the new facility for an undisclosed amount. Maryland ranked 131st in Plastics News' 1998 ranking of North American thermoformers, with sales of more than $3 million. The firms' combined sales for 1997 were about $4 million.