Linden/EMB retains Elastogran connection
CUYAHOGA FALLS, OHIO - Linden Industries Inc./EMB will continue to make, sell and service Elastrogran's Puromat line of polyurethane equipment and to sell Elastrogran mix heads in the United States and Canada, now that the Elastogran machinery business has been sold.
BASF AG, based in Ludwigshafen, Germany, recently announced that it sold the Elastrogran PU machinery business to Krauss-Maffei Kunststofftechnik GmbH of Munich, Germany. Krauss-Maffei said it would honor Elastogran's contracts and partnerships.
Linden/EMB of Cuyahoga Falls builds Puromat-brand equipment. The company sells Elastrogran mix heads, which are made in Germany, a Linden spokeswoman said.
Maquire blender sales grow in Europe, Asia
ASTON, PA. - Maguire Products Inc., which recently sold its 20,000th gravimetric blender, said overseas sales are booming.
B. Patrick Smith, vice president of sales and marketing, said more than half of the company's blender sales come from outside the United States. ``This year our European sales will grow 30 percent, and those in Asia will more than double,'' he said.
The landmark 20,000th gravimetric blender was the WSB-140R model of its Weigh Scale Blender, which the Aston company introduced 13 years ago. Stephen Maguire started the auxiliary equipment maker in 1977, building pumps for liquid color working out of his basement. The company expanded steadily, adding blenders, feeders and granulators.
In addition to selling through its own company, Maguire sells through primary equipment suppliers and private-label sales for other auxiliary equipment manufacturers.
Lectro merger prompts HQ move, expansion
ST. LOUIS - Lectro Engineering Co., which makes equipment for surface treatment and blow molding auxiliary machinery, recently doubled its space by moving to a new building, after Lectro merged with custom machinery supplier Automation Technology Inc. last year.
St. Louis-based Lectro is developing new automation products, according to Lee Hyde, chief operating officer.
Hyde said the expansion, into a 43,500-square-foot, renovated plant, was necessary after the merger last summer with Automation Technology. ATI designs and builds custom automation equipment for testing and production. Hyde said the company serves plastics processors and other industries.
In early 2001, before the ATI merger, Lectro bought some assets of MTM Systems Inc. of Beaverton, Ore. The MTM blow molding auxiliary equipment includes take-away systems, detabbing and deflashing machines, spin and rotary trimmers, case packers and in-mold labeling systems.
Lectro's original business is surface-treatment equipment based on plasma-discharge technology.
The merger with ATI means Lectro now can build complete systems targeted to a customer's specific demands, such as matching the speed of an existing production line, Hyde said.
Firms form Axiem to target automotive
BEVERLY HILLS, MICH. - Engineering companies Rapid Design Service Inc., CKGP & Associates and PW & Associates have joined forces as the newly named Axiem Inc.
The new operation, headquartered in Beverly Hills and headed by plastics industry veteran Patrick G. Kirby as chief executive officer, will help oversee the concept, planning and launch of new products for the auto industry. Kirby's former company, PGK Engineering Services, which was purchased by Rapid Design in 2000, also is part of the new Axiem.
The businesses had some crossover in offerings and client lists, according to spokeswoman Kathy Brown. By joining together, Axiem and its 1,400 employees can continue to offer services, while allowing customers to shorten their supplier lists, Brown said.
Suppliers found guilty of polyol dumping
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - The Australian Customs Service has concluded that three foreign manufacturers are guilty of dumping flexible slabstock polyols and has told the firms they must raise prices if they plan to continue supplying Australia.
The companies are Bayer Corp. of Pittsburgh, Singapore-based Shell Eastern Petroleum Pte. Ltd. and SK Global Co. Ltd. of Seoul, South Korea.
The Canberra-based customs authority launched an investigation into the dumping last year at the request of Australia's only FSP manufacturer, Melbourne-based Dow Chemical Australia Ltd. The Australian agency also investigated Japanese companies, but found no evidence of dumping.
The polyols mainly are used to manufacture flexible slabstock foam products such as cushioning material in furniture, bedding, carpet underlay, automobiles and packaging.