MCG boosts output of Meco bottle caps
WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND — MCG Closures Ltd. has quadrupled output of its one-piece Meco polyethylene bottle cap to meet strong demand from the mineral- water and soft drink sectors.
The international plastic and aluminum closure manufacturer, based at West Bromwich, began molding the closure on a single Husky injection press soon after Meco's launch at the DrinktecInterbrau show at Munich, Germany, in September 1997.
Now, as part of a major £6 million ($10 million) expansion project, MCG has committed three more new Husky machines to producing Meco closures around-the-clock, according to the company.
The Meco project also has seen MCG invest in a refurbished plant and the integration of a color printer and automatic palletizer at its West Bromwich site.
Its 1.12-inch closure, which weighs just 0.10 ounce, already has been given ``full technical approval'' by Pepsi-Cola, according to the closure producer.
MCG, which also operates plastics closure operations at Rieti, Italy, and at Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa, already manufactures its Duet-brand two-piece plastic closure abroad.
Derby relocating to larger Wis. facility
NEENAH, WIS. — Custom injection molder Derby Plastics Ltd. plans to relocate 8 miles from its current site and begin operations by January in a 17,880-square-foot facility under construction in Neenah.
In 1999, Derby intends to acquire an HPM press with 325 tons of clamping force and a shot size of 321/2 ounces. At its existing leased, 7,300-square-foot facility in Appleton, Wis., the firm has eight injection molding machines with clamping forces of 75-400 tons. Three are Van Dorns.
``We are at maximum capacity here'' and need new space to improve efficiency, Thomas Derby said in a telephone interview. Derby, who has 35 years of experience in the plastics industry, heads the firm as president and majority shareholder. He projects 1998 sales of $2.5 million.
Founded in 1987, Derby Plastics is investing about $1.1 million for the construction, land, relocation and equipment. The facility, costing about $650,000, is the largest expense.
The firm will gain space for manufacturing, storage and light assembly and expects to increase value-added offerings such as line stocking and direct-to-customer shipments. The new, 3-acre site can accommodate future expansion to about 50,000 square feet.
The firm employs 35. Key products include calendar backers, cases for elementary-school educational materials, bird feeders and greenhouses. Markets include packaging, medical devices, consumer products, toys and recreational and sporting goods.