Sheet and film extruder Nim Plastics Corp. is planning to expand and diversify. The Wheeling, Ill., firm will move to a larger facility in Elk Grove Village, Ill., in June and install a third extrusion line. Alison Svoboda, vice president of sales, said her company will debut two new products before the third quarter: a conductive polycarbonate alloy sheet and an impact-modified acrylic film.
Nim will buy an existing, 50,000-square-foot plant in Elk Grove Village, more than doubling the floor space it currently uses, Svoboda said in a telephone interview. Before the end of the year it will install a new 41/2 inch extrusion line capable of making PC film as wide as 48 inches. Svoboda said Nim has not decided on the supplier of the machinery and officials did not disclose the cost of the expansion.
Svoboda said wide PC film is in demand among converters in the graphic arts industry because it is easier to work with and allows for larger products.
Nim will expand into electronics markets with its new Nimpact ESD PC alloy sheet and film. Svoboda said Nim will source the alloy from an undisclosed supplier to extrude it into products for disk-drive and integrated-circuit applications, and semiconductor packaging. It has been working with potential clients to develop the product line.
Nim also will diversify into more outdoor applications with its new weatherable, scratch-resistant acrylic film.
Nim plans to market the Nimpact IMA films for outdoor graphics-arts uses. It now extrudes only PC resins to custom specifications.
Privately held Nim had sales of about $8 million last year, Svoboda estimated.