Unimark Plastics Co.'s addition of 13 robot-equipped Netstal, Van Dorn Demag and Demag injection molding machines will give the processor 102 presses at plants in three states. Unimark added four machines in late 1999 and another two in 2000's first quarter. Delivery of seven presses is expected during the second quarter. Clamping forces range from 50-350 tons. Wittmann is the main robot supplier.
"Our business is expanding with current and new customers in both the consumer and health-care markets," Dan Hanlon, vice president of marketing and sales, said in a telephone interview.
Health-care applications include syringes and Y-site connectors, and consumer market applications include ammunition, lawn and garden and razor components.
Unimark also has a proprietary line of Yorker-brand closures including spout caps, ribbon applicators, continuous thread closures and custom closures.
Greer, S.C.-based Unimark employs 230 and has plants in Reedsville, Pa.; Springfield, Mo.; and Greenville, S.C., with capabilities for assembly, design and engineering in addition to injection molding. "We have added and are adding staff to manage all the additional business," he said.
Unimark, which reported 1999 sales of $45 million, is an operating unit of Alltrista Corp.'s engineered plastics group.