Gas-assist molding competitors Cinpres Ltd. and Gas Injection Ltd. have merged.
Cinpres' parent company, BI Group plc of Birmingham, England, bought Gas Injection for undisclosed terms effective July 27, the former competitors announced. Amalgamation has led to a new company, Cinpres Gas Injection Ltd., that the firms claim will be a world leader in the technology.
In North America, sales and service for the new company's subsidiary, Cinpres Gas Injection Inc., will be based in Ann Arbor, Mich., where Cinpres ran its sales and service office for the past eight years. Cinpres Gas Injection Ltd. will have its main headquarters in Middlewich, England, and produce equipment there.
The two firms each boast technology for high-pressure nitrogen generation equipment, gas control and expertise in consulting. The combination's other major technologies include external gas molding, plastic expulsion process - an alternative to overflow or spillover process - water injection molding and the Scorim method for improving weld strength and eliminating flow lines.
Gas Injection brings to the table its expertise in nitrogen gas generation, preparation and control.
``It has good manufacturing capability,'' Mark Paddock, vice president and general manager for the Ann Arbor-based operation, said in a telephone interview. Cinpres was known for its high level of service and technical expertise, officials said.
The merger is a departure from the more typical tack of gas-assist firms attacking each other in courts over patent infringement. Cinpres Gas Chairman Terry Pearson said the new company has no current legal battles.
``Our objective is to provide alternatives to others' technology and not to infringe on other patents,'' Pearson said in an interview from Middlewich.
The former Cinpres Ltd. office in Tamworth, England, will close, and operations will be consolidated in Nantwich. Factor GmbH of Frankfurt, Germany, was Gas Injection's main European distributor and will represent the new company, Pearson explained. In European markets where Cinpres had representatives, Factor will share business with them.
Cinpres Gas Injection's managing director is Nick Pearson, and Jon Butler will head engineering and manufacturing. Steve Jordan, former managing director for Cinpres, is being retained as a consultant.