Hot-runner maker Mold-Masters Ltd. is closing a manufacturing operation in Detroit and moving the factory equipment there to an existing Mold-Masters plant in Spartanburg, S.C.
Mold-Masters said it will centralize into an expanded Spartanburg plant, which offers customers 24-hour access to operations. The Detroit plant only offered customers access during normal working hours.
The consolidation also streamlines communications and logistics between customers and company support staff, Mold-Masters said.
In other news, Mold-Masters officially opened an expansion at its plant in Baden-Baden, Germany, on June 26. The $4 million investment marks the second expansion of the facility in less than four years in Baden-Baden, which now measures 16,500 square feet.
The expansion houses the new European Research and Development Laboratory, which includes injection molding machines and other equipment.
Production space has been increased to 9,250 square feet. Mold-Masters will use the expanded plant area to assemble the Temp-Master TMMZ, a microprocessor-based multizone temperature controller; and also the Flex-Dura product line for the automotive industry.
Earlier this summer, Mold-Masters opened its new hot-runner factory in Sumare, Brazil. The company invested $10 million to expand into Brazil.
Mold-Masters also announced it obtained CE Marking status for all hot-runner products made in Canada, Germany and the United States. CE is the European Union's procedure that ensures products meet safety standards.
In product news, Mold-Masters:
* Announced it is now providing Moldflow Plastics Insight, a simulation software from Moldflow Corp. Mold-Masters also introduced its Cosmos Design Start, which does in-depth analysis early during the product design stage.
* Introduced a leakproof nozzle seal, Visco Seal. During injection molding, Visco Seal causes a thin plastic membrane to form between the actual seal and the mold. The membrane solidifies in this gap, preventing the molten material from flowing back and around the nozzle seal.
Georgetown-based Mold-Masters has more than 900 employees in 40 countries.