ANAHEIM, CALIF. — Plastic Molding Technology Inc. is nearing an expansion in the Southwest and has created a lights-out production area at its plant in Seymour, Conn.
"In the Southwest, we are in the final stages of making a commitment to open up a plant to support the Mexican market," said Managing Director Charles Sholtis.
The project has been in the planning stage for 10 months. He withheld details, pending closure of the deal.
The expansion in Seymour includes five new Toshiba electric injection molding presses. Three units have 45 tons of clamping force, and two are 65-ton models.
"Four of the five presses are dedicated to medical molding, particularly for disposable devices," Sholtis said in an interview at Plastec West 2001, held Jan. 8-10 in Anaheim.
The company has decided to go with electric presses for all its future horizontal molding machines. Advantages of the equipment include energy conservation, shot-to-shot repeatability and shorter cycle times, he said.
"We have a planned replacement program for equipment, so we will be looking at some more electric machines this year," he said.
PMT will stay with hydraulic machines for vertical insert molding.
"There really is no electric vertical molding machine that suits our needs," he said.
PMT has 70 employees. The company operates 35 presses at its 26,000-square-foot Seymour facility.
The firm has operations in Slovakia. A design engineering office employs 12 in Bratislava and joint venture Eso Plast sro employs 20 in LiptovskÃ Hradok. Separate families own PMT and partner Esox, a mold and die company.
PMT has annual sales of about $8 million.