GretagMacbeth plans R&D center in N.C.
REGENSDORF, SWITZERLAND — After acquiring McMahan Research Laboratories for an undisclosed amount, GretagMacbeth plans to establish a new research and development center in Research Triangle Park, N.C.
About 20 employees will be hired, which will more than offset layoffs the firm has implemented to eliminate redundancies since acquiring McMahan in October, Robert McMahan Jr., former president of McMahan, said in a news release. He has been named to lead GretagMacbeth's Research & Advanced Products Development Center.
GretagMacbeth is consolidating three former McMahan operations — Chapel Hill and Cary, N.C., and one in Florida — plus a GretagMacbeth operation in New Windsor, N.Y., to create the core of the new R&D center. The consolidation will give the center about 30 employees initially.
McMahan Research's primary focus was spectroradiometers, instruments that measure light and radiation. McMahan had been performing contract research for GretagMacbeth for seven years, and GretagMacbeth sold McMahan's products.
Regensdorf-based GretagMacbeth makes color-management equipment for plastics, textiles and inks.
Judge favors Bauer in Epcon patent suit
DETROIT — A patent-infringement lawsuit filed by Epcon Gas Systems Inc. against Bauer Compressors Inc. has been resolved in Bauer's favor.
The case involved pressure profiling, or stepping gas pressure up and down during injection molding.
Epcon of Troy, Mich., alleged Bauer violated a patent Epcon licensed from inventor Norman Loren of Warren, Mich. U.S. District Judge Arthur Tarnow in Detroit granted Bauer's motion for summary judgment on the grounds that the Bauer gas control unit does not infringe on Epcon's patent.
However, Tarnow did not overturn the patent in its entirety, ruling that because the Bauer equipment does not infringe on the patent, it was not necessary to rule on the validity of the Loren patent. Bauer had asked for the patent to be ruled invalid to remove the threat of legal action against other manufacturers of gas-assist equipment.
Bauer is based in Norfolk, Va. Its Plastics Technology Group is in Detroit.
Nova tech center set for Netherlands
PITTSBURGH — Nova Chemicals Corp. plans to build a $5 million styrenics technology center in Breda, the Netherlands, by the third quarter of this year. The center will consolidate people, equipment and projects from five locations in Europe and will be located at Nova Chemicals' third-largest styrenics manufacturing site.
"This project enables Nova Chemicals to effectively integrate and leverage the technologies recently acquired from Shell with previously acquired styrenics capabilities," Colin Jones, vice president and managing director for Nova Chemicals Europe, said in a news release.
The Breda center will provide basic research and development as well as application and manufacturing operations for European customers. The team will support development of Nova's solid polystyrene, expandable PS and high-performance styrenic polymers.
A machine hall will have a full range of EPS pre-expansion and foam molding equipment, including EPS block, shape and cup molding machines, batch expanders and a variety of machinery for solid PS and high-performance styrenics, as well as small-scale polymerization reactors.
Pittsburgh-based Nova produces styrenics, olefins and polyolefins at 18 locations in the United States, Canada, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.