Spentech Plastic Containers Inc. has invested about $1 million to expand blow molding capacity.
The Richmond, Va., firm started a second facility in Richmond in June with three new Bekum blow molding machines. Spentech President Stephen Spence said the second plant, a leased facility, brings his company's total floor space to about 100,000 square feet. The extra machinery boosts blow molding capacity to 130 million containers a year.
Spence founded Spentech six years ago after leaving his position as manufacturing director for Silgan Plastics Corp. of Chesterfield, Mo. Spentech molds bottles and jars for cosmetics, toiletries and pharmaceuticals using high density polyethylene, PVC, polypropylene and other materials. Spentech runs nine blow molding machines, all Bekums, and the ones in its new facility are especially suited to high-volume production, Spence said in a telephone interview.
Spentech makes containers of 1-32 ounces using molds with two to 12 cavities. It contracts out mold building, but can offer mold building in seven weeks or less because it uses standard mold designs, he said. It expects to have 80-100 new molds built this year.
Spence claimed his firm has grown at double-digit rates annually since he established it, but he would not disclose sales. He attributed part of Spentech's growth to disenchantment among some container buyers with consolidation among their suppliers. His company employs about 100.