Chemfab acquires UroQuest, Orvim MERRIMACK, N.H. — Chemfab Corp. recently completed two acquisitions, one in the United States and one in Italy.
The Merrimack-based firm paid $28.4 million for UroQuest Medical Corp. of Menlo Park, Calif., and its wholly owned subsidiary, Bivona Medical Technologies of Gary, Ind. The firms, with annual sales of about $21 million, design and make disposable silicone elastomer products and components used in the health-care and personal-care industries.
Chemfab's acquisition of Orvim SpA's polytetrafluoroethylene-coated materials business marks the fifth fabricator acquired by Chemfab in Europe in the past 18 months. Based in Italy, Orvim has been a converter of Chemfab products for more than 15 years. Purchase price was not disclosed. Annual sales are expected to be less than $1 million.
Chemfab's network of European locations now includes the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, France, Spain and Germany.
Chemfab's products include laminates, films, coated fabrics, tapes and molded components.
Molder PMT adds DVT insert cell
SEYMOUR, CONN. — Plastic Molding Technology Inc., a custom insert injection molder of small precision parts, has installed an automatic insert molding cell.
The cell is equipped with a digital optical inspection system that ensures that all inserts are properly loaded in the mold prior to molding. The DVT inspection system cost $375,000 and features an optical sensor programmed for specific applications using compact digital cameras, which have built-in image processors.
When slight deviations in acceptable insert molding tolerances are detected, the machine will shut down. PMT claims the equipment has cut its mold-damage occurrences and downtime; and has pushed production cycles from 65 seconds with two operators to 24 seconds with no operators.
Using an Autojectors 70-ton rotary table molding machine, PMT worked with a local system integrator, Injectech Engineering LLC of Torrington, Conn., to develop the work cell.
Seymour-based PMT was established in 1973. The company has more than 70 employees, and a 26,000-square-foot plant with high-speed injection presses, a tool shop, and quality assurance and testing facilities.
PolyVulc installs large-ton Van Dorn
VICKSBURG, MISS. — PolyVulc USA in Vicksburg has purchased a new Van Dorn Demag 1,430-ton two-platen injection molding machine.
Founded in 1995, Polyvulc USA makes products from recycled plastics and rubber. In the 75,000-square-foot plant, PolyVulc compounds polypropylene and polyethylene with rubber to make parts for cars and trucks such as mud flaps.
Plaskolite opens Florida warehouse
COLUMBUS, OHIO — Plaskolite Inc. of Columbus has opened a warehouse in Orlando, Fla.
The warehouse facility will reduce lead times to the company's Florida distributors. Plaskolite is a manufacturer of acrylic sheet, impact-modified acrylic sheet and acrylic mirror sheet.
With sales near $100 million annually, the company operates two plants and employs 300.
Indianapolis-based TriEnda Corp. has been awarded the Ford Motor Co. Q1 Preferred Quality Award. The company supplies custom dunnage and material-handling products for Ford from its ISO 9001 certified Portage, Wis., plant. ... Mid-Central Plastics, based in West Des Moines, Iowa, has changed its name to Morton Custom Plastics/Midwest Division and has installed an new 2,200-ton Cincinnati Milacron injection press. The company is part of the Morton Industrial Group Inc. of Morton, Ill. ... Lewis Center, Ohio-based Multi-Plastics Inc. has been appointed the exclusive North American and European distributor of RowTec polycarbonate film, which is manufactured by Rowland Technologies Inc. of Wallingford, Conn.