Plastics News correspondent Roger Renstrom reported these items from the International Recording Media Association executive forum, March 10-14 at Fernandina Beach on Amelia Island, Fla.
Alpha integrating a recent acquisition
Alpha Enterprises Inc. has acquired Mercury Foam Inc. in a vertical consolidation of plastics processes for media packaging.
Mercury employs about 400 at facilities in South Hackensack, N.J., and Camarillo, Calif., that manufacture vacuum formed vinyl video packaging for movie studios.
Alpha's existing locations in Tucson, Ariz., and Canton, Ohio, employ about 700 and injection mold polypropylene packaging for video, audio, compact-disc and digital-versatile-disc products.
North Canton, Ohio-based Alpha is integrating Mercury's operations in the entertainment segment of its packaging products division, said Betty Dean, the division's general manager.
Mercury's former owner, Larry Fenster, continues to operate the New Jersey site, and Mercury sales-operations executive Emmet Murphy remains in charge of the California facility. The transaction was completed Feb. 25 and disclosed March 11.
California replicator adding equipment
Specialized replicator Crest National plans to add four more Sumitomo presses for injection molding digital versatile discs and two more presses for compact discs. It expects to have the equipment by July.
``We designed the factory to manufacture 250,000 discs a day,'' said Robert Freedman, vice president and general manager of Crest's optical media services unit.
Crest has three plants in Hollywood, Calif.
Each day, Crest can make 12,000 discs in DVD-5, -9 or -10 formats on one line with two Sumitomo presses of 30 tons, and 130,000 CDs on six lines, each with one 80-ton Krauss-Maffei press.
Crest's 1998 sales increased 35 percent over the previous year. John Walker, national sales vice president, forecasts a jump of at least 25 percent this year. He declined to provide specific figures. Privately held Crest employs 230.