Plastic Concept Inc. purchased a preheater-equipped Illig RDKP 72G to pressure form thin-gauge parts of polypropylene. Mostly, the company processes polystyrene, PVC and amorphous and glycol-modified PET.
The machine uses tooling compatible with molds being operated on the firm's seven other Illigs.
``The use of thin-gauge PP is more common in Europe than here,'' but the material's U.S. potential for thermoformed food packaging and medical applications is strong, said Horst Schulze, PCI chairman and chief executive officer. Large firms thermoform with PP, but few small custom shops have the specialized equipment.
Separately, the California Board of Equalization reimbursed the Huntington Beach, Calif.-based thermoformer on the firm's appeal of a state claim involving sales taxes on thermoformed point-of-purchase displays. A 1998 state audit found the company had not paid sales taxes on display products sold outside the state between April 1995 and March 1998. PCI was paying the tax only on in-state sales.
Since 1998, PCI has applied the tax to its out-of-state sale of displays. ``The end result is zero sales of displays,'' he said. ``Our state makes no sense. Eight percent of nothing equals nothing.''
Plastic Concept employs 34, occupies 37,000 square feet and had 2002 sales of $5.9 million.