La Mar expanding sealing capabilities
FREEPORT, N.Y. - Thermoformer La Mar Plastics Packaging Ltd. is investing $75,000 to expand its radio-frequency-sealing capabilities.
``We do a lot of clamshell packaging and we found that a lot of it was sent to outside contract packagers,'' said Marc Aronson, owner and president of the Freeport company.
The company installed its first radio-frequency-sealing machine early this year on a trial basis to help a customer. La Mar added a second machine this month. Aronson said offering the process has the potential to add 10-20 percent to the firm's sales next year.
``My grandfather [company founder Leo Aronson] actually started radio-frequency-sealing years ago, but my father [Larry Aronson] looked at vacuum forming as a better alternative,'' Marc Aronson said.
Typically, the sealing method is used to provide a solid bond for a display item, such as a clamshell container. Marc Aronson added that the process was a dangerous occupation years ago, but is much safer today.
The company was founded in 1965. Larry Aronson, who retired about five years ago, followed his father in running the business.
La Mar operates out of a 60,000-square-foot facility with 12 in-line thermoformers. The firm employs 50-65, depending on the season. When the company added radio-frequency sealing, it added 15 temporary workers, he said.
The company offers in-house tooling and forming, as well as custom packaging.
CCL-Pachem venture to produce labels
TORONTO - CCL Industries Inc. is boosting its stake in plastic labels used in the food and beverage industry by forming a joint venture with Pachem AG of Honehems, Austria.
CCL will own 51 percent of the CCL-Pachem venture headquartered in Honehems. The venture's other two plants will be CCL facilities in Avelin, France, and Rhyl, Wales. Toronto-based CCL said the venture's pro forma sales in 2002 will amount to about C$45 million (US$28.8 million) and that it aims to increase revenues by 50 percent over the next three years.
Pachem is a privately held producer of shrink-sleeve, in-mold and pressure-sensitive labels. The venture will focus on sales in Europe in the food, beverage and battery markets. CCL is investing about C$20 million (US$12.8 million), including assumed debt, in the venture due to be finalized in the first quarter of 2003. CCL will continue to operate its own label business in Europe that targets personal care, pharmaceutical and chemical markets.
CCL also announced Dec. 18 that it will transfer technology from Europe to its own plants in North America, Latin America and Asia. Plans include a C$8 million (US$5.1 million) investment at a South Dakota facility to utilize CCL-Pachem technology. CCL Chief Financial Officer Steve Lancaster said the technology will allow his company to offer a wider range of labels to multinational food firms.
Pachem's expertise in in-mold, off-mold and shrink-sleeve systems complements CCL's technology for pressure-sensitive and heat-transfer labels, noted CCL Label Division President Geoffrey Martin.
CCL supplies a range of aluminum and plastics packaging and does contract packaging for major consumer products companies.