Groupe Sidel shows strong growth in '98
LE HAVRE, FRANCE — Riding strong sales growth in North America and Europe, French blow molding machinery maker Groupe Sidel reported a 44.7 percent sales increase for the first half of 1998, to 2.8 billion French francs, or $462 million.
Sales growth in North America topped 89 percent, reaching $141 million. Sidel credited the strongly developing U.S. market for bottled water and continued Mexican demand for soft drinks.
In Europe, Sidel's largest market, sales jumped 61.5 percent to $159 million, thanks to increased demand in Mediterranean nations and central and Eastern Europe.
South American sales increased 48.3 percent, to $32 million, because of growing consumption of mineral water, soft drinks and edible oil.
Asia-Pacific sales declined 14.3 percent in the first half of 1998.
Sidel, of Le Havre, is predicting that sales will grow more than 25 percent for the full-year 1998.
Groupe Sidel's U.S. headquarters, Sidel Inc., is in Norcross, Ga.
Molders Choice adds Solon, Ohio, facility
CHAGRIN FALLS, OHIO — Molders Choice Inc., which supplies injection nozzles, screw tips and other products to injection molders, has expanded into a 6,000-square-foot warehouse in Solon, Ohio, more than doubling its space.
The Chagrin Falls-based firm is adding a customer showroom. Molders Choice also has more room to assemble products such as a modular operator platform for vertical insert molding machines or large horizontal injection molding machines. President Kenneth Berger said the platforms are made from structural foam molded plastic components.
Davis-Standard sells extrusion-training CDs
CHESTER, CONN. — Paulson Training Programs Inc. of Chester has teamed with Davis-Standard Corp., North America's largest supplier of single-screw extruders.
Davis-Standard, of Pawcatuck, Conn., is selling Paulson's CD-ROM course, Extruder Operator and Control — Single Screw.
``We are constantly being pressured by our customers to provide extrusion training,'' said Al Hodge, Davis-Standard's vice president of sales and engineering. The training program contains nine lessons. Paulson is planning to release a twin-screw extrusion course later this year.
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