Uniplast adds line at Columbus facility
COLUMBUS, IND. — Uniplast Industries Inc. recently expanded its polyethylene film plant in Columbus by adding a blown film line with a 41/2-inch extruder from Brampton Engineering Inc.
The extruder, the third at Columbus, boosts Uniplast's capacity there to 14 million pounds per year. It features an oscillating haul-off and winders capable of 40-inch rolls. The company did not disclose the cost.
David Douse, vice president of marketing, said in a telephone interview that the Columbus facility focuses on PE films used as sealants in multilayer food packaging. It started the third line in spring.
Uniplast of Orillia, Ontario, has two plants there, two in Palmer, Mass., and one each in Jacksonville, Fla.; Harrisville, R.I.; and Columbus.
Bankrupt processor files for protection
HABIKINO, JAPAN — A significant Japanese plastics processor filed for protection from creditors Aug. 14, blaming cash-flow problems that were the result of rapid expansion and faltering Asian economies.
Showa Plastics Co.'s bankruptcy could reverberate across Asia, since the company is the largest shareholder in a major Singapore-based injection molder.
Habikino-based Showa announced that it had debts totaling 17.7 billion yen ($121.3 million). According to the company, banks refused to lend funds for a new plant in Mexico.
Showa owns 34.4 percent of publicly traded injection molder Showpla Asia Ltd. of Singapore, which has plants in 12 countries.
Showpla is primarily an injection molder for the electronics industry, with products including television and appliance cabinets. Key customers include Sony Toshiba, Sharp and Sanyo.
Founded in 1937, Showa Plastics was spun off from Tsutsunaka Celluloid Co. Ltd. The company began injection molding cigarette cases, fountain pens and other products shortly after World War II.
The firm also does extrusion, blow molding and thermoforming.
Genesee Precision building N.Y. plant
BATAVIA, N.Y. — Genesee Precision Inc. has broken ground for a new plant in Batavia that should be operating by year's end.
Genesee currently has a 9,500-square-foot plant in Batavia, where it is headquartered. The new, 24,000-square-foot plant is needed because of continued growth, the injection molding and mold-making firm said in a news release.
Genesee is adding at least two presses with clamping forces of 15-300 tons, as well as computer numerically controlled and electric discharge machining equipment. Officials did not disclose the cost of the expansion.