Niigata tech center stresses all-electrics
CYPRESS, CALIF. — Niigata Engineering Co. Ltd. has boosted its West Coast presence and its emphasis on marketing all-electric machines.
Niigata conducted a full-day productivity seminar at a 4,000-square-foot training center, demonstration laboratory and equipment showroom Sept. 16 in Cypress. The event occurred just days after Niigata announced it was teaming up with Japan's Ube Industries Ltd. to produce large-tonnage, all-electric injection molding machines. The two firms now are working on a 950-ton electric press.
The Cypress facility represents Niigata's first satellite tech center in the United States beyond its Itasca, Ill., U.S. headquarters, General Manager Robert Columbus said in an interview at the California site.
For contrast, as part of a demonstration, Niigata operated a 200-ton, all-electric unit and a 110-ton, hydromechanical machine — pointing out the electric machine's superior accuracy, repeatability and constant-pressure-filling attributes.
Other makers of all-electric presses have not been able to get load cells to perform in a comparable fashion, said Mark Zulas, an Illinois-based Niigata applications engineer.
Tex America becomes Sorema machine rep
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tex America Inc. of Charlotte has joined Sorema srl's North American sales team for plastic recycling equipment.
Tex America will work with Common Sense Solutions Inc. of Monroe, N.Y., to provide sales and service to Sorema customers.
Equipment from Como, Italy-based Sorema includes turnkey plants and components for the washing, grinding, drying and repelletizing of all types and forms of plastic, including bottles, film and battery casings.
Sorema holds U.S. patents on whole-bottle prewashing, centrifuges and separation tanks.
Other Sorema equipment includes size-reduction equipment, such as guillotines, granulators, single-shaft shredders and strand pelletizers.
Essex adhesive plant operating in Brazil
MIDLAND, MICH. — Essex Specialty Products Inc. has begun production at what it says is the first windshield adhesive plant in Brazil.
Essex invested $4 million in the 25,000-square-foot plant near SÃo Paulo, said Paul Bowman, manager of global operations development.
A wholly owned subsidiary of Midland-based Dow Chemical Co., Essex produces moisture-cure urethane adhesives for bonding in windshields and other glass on vehicles.
For each vehicle, about two-tenths of a gallon of sealant is needed.
The automotive supplier announced in December it would build the plant near Sao Paulo to produce its Betaseal glass bonding systems in response to increased demand from Volkswagen AG, Ford Motor Co., Fiat SpA and General Motors Corp. in Brazil and Argentina.
Establishing the plant ``was certainly a need the automotive makers saw, based on their expanded projections in terms of growth down there,'' Bowman said.
The automotive market in South America has been booming for about four years, said Pete Langlois, an analyst with the Autofacts Group of PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Automakers from around the world expect to invest roughly $20 billion to $25 billion between 1996 and 2001 to establish 20 plants and auxiliary operations in Brazil and Argentina, Langlois said.
Essex will employ nine to start, and expects to add as many as five more people by next year.
The firm has been supplying South American customers for the past 10 years from a plant in Mexico and five manufacturing and distribution centers in the United States.
With the addition of the Brazil plant, Essex has established a presence in every global automotive hot spot except Asia, Bowman said.
VCM plant to open in Middle East by 2001
PARIS — PVC markets in Asia are due to get a new source of raw material by 2001 with more than 500 million pounds per year of new vinyl chloride monomer capacity coming on stream in the Middle East.
Work is set to begin late this year on a new chemical complex for the joint venture Qatar Vinyl Co. near Ad Dawhah, Qatar. By 2001 the QVC complex will produce as much as 507 million pounds per year of VCM, according to venture partner and petrochemicals firm Elf Atochem SA of Paris.
The site will serve not only the PVC market but Asian paper and aluminum industries.
QVC is part owned by Norwegian oil company Norsk Hydro, France's Elf Atochem SA, Qatar General Petroleum Corp. and Qatar Petrochemical Co.
LNP Engineering Plastics of Exton, Pa., said it will market in North, Central and South America compounds based on Stanyl polyamide 4/6, made by DSM Engineering Plastics of Evansville, Ind.