Specialty film producer Ajedium Film Group LLC of Newark plans full operations for two new Davis-Standard Corp. extruders by the end of December.
Ajedium invested more than $1.5 million for equipment and start-up costs, said Richard Giacco, president of parent firm Axess Corp. of Greenville, Del. The installation can make wide rolls of monolayer or co-extruded film with a focus on high-temperature electronics, medical and aerospace applications.
``Our film replaces metal or ceramics'' in uses with space or weight limitations, Giacco said.
Ajedium intends to become the first domestic producer of crystalline polyetheretherketone film, using resin from a Victrex plc unit, for end products such as endoscopic cameras. Currently, an Austrian firm is the only maker of crystalline PEEK film. Most PEEK is injection molded.
Polymethylpentene film is another speciality that Ajedium will make.
Davis-Standard in Pawcatuck, Conn., developed a three-roll stack extruder and, in addition, supplied co-extrusion capability and other equipment in return for Ajedium permitting periodic access for Davis-Standard customer demonstrations.
Ajedium expects to employ eight to 10 in the near term. Pete Woloson is chief executive officer of both Ajedium and sister firm Empower Materials Inc., which share 25,000 square feet in Newark.