Plastics News' staff reporter Steve Toloken gathered the following briefs from Pack Expo 98, held Nov. 8-12 in Chicago.
Israeli film extruder eyes U.S. production
Syfan B.O.P.P. Films, an Israeli manufacturer of polyolefin shrink film, has doubled its sales in the United States since it beefed up its presence in April 1997 and is considering putting an extrusion line in the United States.
Syfan has three lines at its plant in Sa'ad, Israel, and plans to install a fourth line in 1999 either there or in the United States, said Benny Schipper, marketing director.
Almost 50 percent of the company's business is in America, since it improved its presence in the United States by establishing a wholly owned sales subsidiary in Cooper City, Fla., Schipper said. The company had relied exclusively on distributors.
Syfan has a partnership with Robbie Manufacturing Inc., a converter in Lenexa, Kan.
Automated Packaging increasing capacity
Automated Packaging Systems, Inc. has added 15 percent more converting capacity in the past year, said Daniel Moon, director of marketing for the Streetsboro, Ohio, firm.
Moon declined to disclose details. The company has four converting plants, three in the United States and one in the United Kingdom. It also extrudes film, for its bag and packaging manufacturing, and manufactures equipment such as conveyors and thermal printers.
The company makes packaging for the hardware, electronics and health-care markets.
Krystaltite will add tubing extrusion line
Krystaltite Films Inc. plans to add a small extrusion line to make tubing and a slitter and rewinder in the first quarter of 1999 at its plant in Pottsville, Pa.
AlliedSignal Inc. sold Krystaltite to VCF Specialty Films Inc. of Sun Valley, Calif., in May 1997.