Two equipment makers — one Italian, the other American — have teamed up to provide North America with rotational molding equipment.
Molding & Coating Technologies Inc. of Cleveland will be the sole North American provider of two rotomolding equipment lines for Polivinil srl of Cerano, Italy. MC&T will build, sell, customize and support the equipment out of its Cleveland facility.
Until recently, the Polivinil series had been available only in Europe. North American companies can buy the European models now, or wait for MC&T's version, the Polimold line, which is under development and should be available in 1999. It will be custom built with standard North American controls, such as Allen-Bradley or GE, and improved heat technology. Initially, it will be sold only in North America.
MC&T was looking for a growth market in plastics, an industry with similarities to its core dip-molding business. It found what it was looking for in rotomolding.
``Dip molding has a growth rate of around 2-5 percent. The rotomolding growth figures I've come across range from 10-20 percent. Both processes are relatively simple, and in need of technological advances,'' said George Heath Jr., MC&T vice president.
MC&T will apply the developments in heating, cooling and control technology it has made for the dip molding industry toward the Polimold rotomolding line.
Privately held MC&T employs 30 and has annual sales of more than $5 million. As a result of the rotomolding deal, the company will add workers.
``We're consistently hiring for dip molding. It seems like every time we get an order, we have to add people. We'll be looking for someone specifically with a rotational molding background for the technical side and probably hire five people, mostly for sales and marketing,'' Heath said.
MC&T also is looking for a larger plant in the Cleveland area.