Injection molder CPT to relocate in Ohio
COLUMBUS, OHIO — Custom injection molder CPTechnologies Inc. is expanding to meet growing orders from telecommunications, electronics and electrical customers.
The Columbus-based private firm is spending $1.9 million to build a 30,000-square-foot plant in nearby Jefferson Township and equip it with three new presses. When the facility is built in September, CPT will relocate in phases and vacate its leased 18,000-square-foot operation, CPT Chief Executive Officer Charles Amata said in a telephone interview.
CPT is buying three LG International presses with clamping forces of 100-500 tons. The firm now runs 14 presses, a mixture of LG International and Milacron models, from 30-375 tons, mainly molding engineering resins.
Amata founded CPT in 1991 by acquiring Protomold Co. of Columbus. CPT began molding operations a year later and now also offers design, prototyping, electromagnetic interference shielding coating, pad printing and assembly services. He said the firm's sales last year exceeded $3 million. It specializes in EMI shielding coatings.
CPT will boost employment from 35 to as many as 55 when the expansion is done. Amata said the new facility at its 4.5 acre site in Jefferson's industrial development zone is expandable to 70,000 square feet when CPT needs more space .
Linpac builds facility in S. America, its 2nd
LOUTH, ENGLAND — Linpac Group, a Louth-based global packaging firm, has launched its second food packaging production plant in South America.
The $17 million facility near Montevideo, Uruguay, was designed to serve the growing regional market in South America's Mercosul free trade area.
Linpac actually built two factories, totaling 120,000 square feet. One manufactures PVC food packaging films and the other expanded polystyrene foam food trays.
In a news release, Linpac said it plans to grow in Uruguay and to invest in additional capacity elsewhere in the region to make it ``a major player in South American markets for EPS foam trays and PVC film.''
The facility was built by Linpac subsidiary Linpac Plastics Ltd., of Knottingley, England. It formally opened in a ceremony attended by Britain's Prince Charles and Uruguay's President Julio Maria Sanguinetti.
Linpac said it chose to set up plants in Uruguay because of a competitive package of investment incentives, the free movement of capital, advantages of a highly flexible import/export system and the reliability of the country's human resources.
Linpac Plastics set up its first South American plant, to produce EPS food trays, in Santiago, Chile, at the end of 1996. Linpac Plastics Chile SA has one extrusion line and three thermoforming lines and serves the southern region of South America.
The Uruguayan facility houses Linpac's 14th EPS packaging plant and its eighth unit producing PVC film.
Tri-Seal completes extrusion expansion
BLAUVELT, N.Y. — Tri-Seal International Inc., an extruder of cap-liners and seals, announced May 18 it had completed a $2 million expansion to expand capacity for advanced cap-lining materials.
The company has begun to use a new seven-layer extrusion line to produce Tri-Shield cap-lining material. The product locks oxygen out of bottles and keeps carbon dioxide in, said sales director Richard McKenna.
``The advanced seal helps to give beverages an extended shelf life,'' McKenna said. ``The product is now being manufactured worldwide.''
The firm uses polyethylene, polypropylene, ethylene vinyl acetate and thermoplastic elastomers in its extrusion.
Tri-Seal produces materials for the health care, pharmaceutical and household markets marketed under the Tri-Seal, Tri-Guard and Tri-Shield trademarks. It is part of Tekni-Plex Inc. of Somerville, N.J.
In 1998, Tri-Seal reported sales of $20.9 million.
Sweden's Arla names distributor in Ireland
BORENSBERG, SWEDEN — Swedish polycarbonate sheet manufacturer Arla Plastprodukter AB is extending its market in Ireland with the appointment of Dublin-based Access Plastics Ltd. as its local distributor.
The Borensberg-based company's British subsidiary, Arla Plastprodukter UK of Eckington, England, has been trying to identify new distribution opportunities in key markets.
``The Irish market is one that we are keen to develop,'' said subsidiary manager Kim Warren.
Access stocks a wide range of plastic sheet, rod and tube and has sold semi-finished thermoplastic sheet for 15 years.