Armacel launching coating technology
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - Sydney-based Armacel Pty. Ltd. is preparing to launch a patented technology for PET applications in the United States, Europe and Australia.
The Armacel process encapsulates substrates with an impervious film of PET using a vacuum process. It bonds PET to any substrate, including cardboard, polystyrene, wood or metal, to produce strong, stiff products without adhesives.
Allan Wilson, Armacel business manager, said the process initially will be used to make food pallets and bins. Other potential applications include refrigerator insulation, emergency housing, and internal walls and partitions, he said.
The company now is seeking licensees for the technology, including U.S. and Mexican lumber and corrugated container companies.
``Our principal focus is the U.S. market because it's so much bigger and there's a broader range of applications,'' he said.
Australian Formula One and Grand Prix champion and Armacel Chief Executive Officer Frank Matich developed the technology while experimenting with lightweight plastics for his racing cars, Wilson said.
Although Armacel-treated polystyrene and corrugated cardboard pallets are more expensive than untreated corrugated cardboard pallets, they are waterproof, more resilient and can be reused, Wilson said.
The process also makes wood crates suitable for food, removing the danger of splinters or pest infestation.
Currier increases molding capacities
AUBURN, N.Y. - Currier Plastics Inc. recently invested about $700,000 to boost its injection and blow molding capacity.
The Auburn firm added three new Sumitomo injection presses this year, bringing its total to 18. One new machine is an all-electric with 150 tons of clamping force - Currier's first all-electric. The others are hydraulic presses with clamps of 150 tons and 400 tons.
Currier molds a range of engineering and commodity resins and provides several secondary services, including tool building, decorating and welding.
The additions followed installation of two new extrusion blow molding machines late last year to give the firm 13 blow molding machines, according to sales and marketing manager Mark Stehle. The Bekum and Heins two-sided machines can blow mold containers up to 64 ounces, he said in a telephone interview. Currier blow molds high density polyethylene and other thermoplastics, including PVC and glycol-modified PET. The company can blow mold containers of one-half ounce to 21/2 gallons.
Currier's main product lines include containers for personal-care products, and parts for electronics, medical, telecommunications and automotive markets.
The company recorded sales of $11 million last year, $9 million of which were in injection molding.
Rib Loc authorizes firms for pipe repair
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - Adelaide-based Rib Loc Group Ltd. has licensed BRH Garver Inc. of Houston and SOS Construction Inc. of Miami to install its no-dig pipe rehabilitation technology.
Rib Loc's technology uses PVC lining to repair underground pipes without unearthing them. It has licensees in 35 countries.
The two new U.S. licensees are subsidiaries of Los Angeles-based PPR Pipe Rehabilitation, which was acquired by Houston-based rePipe Inc. in July.
Rib Loc Chief Executive Officer Barry Taylor said the new licenses will give Rib Loc minimum technology fees of US$1.7 million during 10 years, with options to extend the agreements to 20 years.
``[The United States] is a hard market to enter and there are quite significant barriers,'' he said.
The new license rights include options for states surrounding Texas and Florida. BRH Garver installed Rib Loc pipelines in August in a trial project in Houston.
Taylor said Rib Loc's factory in Adelaide has been running near capacity since November due to significant pipe rehabilitation projects in Taiwan, France and Saudi Arabia in the past six months.