Flexfab Europe opens new hose, ducts plant HASTINGS, MICH. — Flexfab Molded Products Group has opened a new hose, ducts and bellows plant in Europe through its affiliate Flexfab Europe Ltd.
Flexfab Europe has started production at a 10,000-square-foot plant in Nottingham, England, to supply products for aerospace, automotive, heavy truck and industrial markets. It focuses on components that transfer hot fluids and pressurized air. Key materials used include fluoropolymers, urethanes, EPDM elastomers and rubbers.
Flexfab Europe Managing Director Hugh Boyce said in a news release that the new, automated facility will make Flexfab's engineering and technical service more easily available in Europe.
Hastings-based parent company Flexfab Horizons International has about 800 employees in six manufacturing plants in the United States and Europe and warehousing in South America.
Molder Jacobson buys rotomolding machine
LONG BEACH, CALIF. — Injection molder Jacobson Plastics Inc. has acquired a state-of-the-art rotational molding machine.
The fully loaded rotomolder cost nearly $250,000, including $15,000 for a plenum chamber that "allows us to cool things quicker and come up with better-looking finishes on parts," President Jeff Jacobson said in a telephone interview. Ferry Industries Inc. supplied the independent-arm Rotospeed RS3-200, which began operating this month.
Initially, Jacobson is rotomolding retail tire displays, aftermarket automotive accessories and carts for the food and medical industries. Jacobson obtained the display order last fall and subcontracted the rotomolding work until the machine arrived.
Jacobson leased, painted and substantially upgraded space adjacent to the Long Beach plant he owns to accommodate the rotomolder and a used Battenfeld injection molding press with a 1,150-ton clamping force and 174-ounce shot size. Jacobson acquired the Battenfeld press last year.
Jacobson Plastics employs 25-50 and has 12 other injection presses, mostly Engels, of 80-550 tons. Conveyor systems have been added at each machine to automate production. The firm occupies 45,000 square feet.
Sustaplast expands extrusion capacity
EDGEWOOD, N.Y. — Sustaplast Inc. has expanded extrusion capacity to produce acetal rod up to 12 inches in diameter.
The Edgewood-based firm said the large diameter rod is in especially high demand in silicon wafer and food processing industries. The larger rod allows customers to make larger, more complex parts than when using the previous large standard size of 8 inches in diameter.
Sustaplast did not disclose cost of the project or other details. Mark Bogin, the firm's vice president of sales, indicated other markets for large acetal rod include fluid handling, medical equipment and metalworking.
Poly Mold purchases blow molding unit
ONTARIO, CALIF. — Poly Mold Containers Inc. bought a new extrusion blow molder for its relatively new Ontario operation.
Poly Mold installed an MG-L5-8/D machine, the first such blow molder sold by Magic North America Inc. after Magic debuted the new model last spring. Officials did not disclose the cost of the installation.
Poly Mold will use the new machine for challenging handleware container programs. Magic said key features include integral deflashing, high repeatability and bottle orientation directly from the mold.
Poly Mold began production last summer with a new Bekum continuous extrusion blow molder and two used Fisher continuous machines. It is an affiliate of Poly Dec Corp. of Azusa, Calif.
Sealright taps Kan. for N. American HQ
DE SOTO, KAN. — Sealright Co. Inc. spun off its flexible and rigid packaging businesses during the last two years, but the dairy packaging arm of Huhtamaki Van Leer in De Soto was recently chosen as headquarters for HVL's $600 million per year North American operations.
Huhtamaki Van Leer is based in Espoo, Finland, with a U.S. plant in East Providence, R.I. Huhtamaki acquired Van Leer Corp., which makes Chinet products, in October. It acquired Sealright's paperboard packaging business in 1998.
The De Soto headquarters — to be referred to as Huhtamaki Van Leer North American Consumer Packaging — will oversee the largest single market for HVL, including the production of dairy containers, paper plates, plastic cups and cutlery, said Sealright Vice President of Human Resources, Carl Walker.
"It's ... in the middle of the United States, with easy access to various locations for Chinet and Sealright," he said.