SPI calls off Ill. plastics day program
WASHINGTON — The Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. on Oct. 2 canceled the Illinois Plastics Industry Day, which had been scheduled for Oct. 8 in conjunction with Plastics USA 98.
Susan Faurot, SPI director of the Midwest Regional Office in Chicago, said the event was canceled because many area companies did not plan to attend.
"I really believe now that it is not in the industry's best interest to have it in conjunction with a trade show," Faurot said. She said member and nonmember companies told her that they planned to send representatives to Plastics USA, but that it did not make sense to stay in Chicago for the plastics industry day.
Washington-based SPI will reschedule the industry day, but probably not until next year, Faurot said. A story on Page 25 of this issue outlines the plans for the Illinois event. That page already had gone to press when SPI canceled the program.
Avon Rubber buys DSM hose division
READING, PA. — Avon Rubber plc is expanding its capacity to make industrial hose products in the United States with the $7.8 million acquisition of DSM NV's Nylaflow hose division at Reading.
Avon, based in Bradford on Avon, England, bought the plastic-reinforced hose operation through its North American subsidiary Avon Rubber & Plastics Inc. of Cadillac, Mich., from DSM Engineering Plastic Products Inc., part of plastics and chemicals giant DSM NV of Heerlen, the Netherlands.
Nylaflow hose is used in various markets, including automotive, paint spray and cleaning. The U.S. hose operations have annual sales of about 25 million Dutch guilders ($13.3 million) and employ 65, according to DSM.
The Dutch company said the sale is in line with DSM Engineering Plastic Products' concentration on core activities. The firm's other operations at the Reading site will be unaffected by the deal, DSM stressed.
DSM Engineering Plastic Products, with annual sales of nearly $426 million and 1,900 employees, produces stock shapes made from engineering plastics at sites in Europe, Asia and North America for use in construction, machinery, automotive and electronics/electrical sectors.
Batts boosting production in Mexico
ZEELAND, MICH. — Hanger manufacturer Batts Inc. is restructuring a Mexican operation to boost production for garment manufacturers moving work there from the United States and Asia.
``We are looking forward to significant increases in capacity and the possibility of additional plants and distribution centers in other Mexico locations within the next one to three years,'' Jim Batts said in a recent telephone interview.
Batts has been vice president of corporate planning and development since June and was vice president of international business for five years.
Existing joint venture Batts de Mexico SA de CV makes hanger products in Aguascalientes, Mexico, employing 75 and operating 12 injection presses with clamping forces of 75-300 tons.
``The emphasis going forward will be bigger machines,'' he said.
By the end of the year, he anticipates the Mexican site will add several 300- to 500-ton HPM machines, and that several presses will be transferred there from Batts' Zeeland facilities.
Batts and Promoci¢n Industrial Maty SA de CV established the joint venture in 1994. Under the restructuring, Batts will operate the business as a wholly owned subsidiary.
Batts is a 95-year-old firm that dominates the hanger industry supplying garment manufacturers. Batts began injection molding in 1963 and employs about 500 in three plants in Zeeland.
Summa Industries acquires Canyon Mold
TORRANCE, CALIF. — Summa Industries boosted injection mold-making capacity by buying Canyon Mold Inc. of Valencia, Calif.
Torrance-based Summa paid $200,000 in cash and assumed liabilities for Canyon, a specialist in molds for drip irrigation components. Summa moved Canyon's assets to its Corona, Calif., facility and hired its three skilled toolmakers, including former Canyon owner Michael Kluczynski, who is now manager of Summa's tooling department.
Summa Chairman and Chief Executive Officer James Swartwout said in a telephone interview that Canyon worked closely with Summa, by far its major customer. The purchase will allow Summa to cut mold delivery times and improve efficiency by running Canyon's operations in a Summa facility.