Battenfeld, Polytype offer Polycoat lines
GLOUCESTER, MASS. - Battenfeld Gloucester Engineering Co. Inc. is teaming with Swiss integrator and equipment supplier Polytype Converting SA to offer complete lines for extrusion coating and laminating.
Initially, the companies will market the Polycoat lines in North America. Worldwide sales will follow in the near future.
Polytype of Fribourg, Switzerland, is a global supplier of complete converting lines for packaging. Battenfeld Gloucester builds Contracool Extruders and other equipment to make blown and cast film, sheet and foam packaging.
Brian Marvelley, president of Battenfeld Gloucester, said extrusion coating is done at high temperatures, and needs very good melt homogeneity to give melt stability from the die face to the nip - all areas of expertise for his company. The company's Extrol Control System also has a software package designed just for extrusion coating.
Cloeren Inc. of Orange, Texas, is Polycoat's preferred supplier for adapters, feed blocks and extrusion coating dies.
Helmut Eschwey, chairman of SMS Plastics Technology, which includes Battenfeld Gloucester, noted packaging is a huge market. ``Packaging is growing in importance and volume as marketers use it as a product differentiator,'' he said. Although most extrusion coating is done with low density polyethylene, he said there is growing use of other resins such as linear LDPE, custom blends, metallocene copolymers and barrier materials, the companies said.
Customers will work directly with Polytype Converting on the Polycoat equipment.
In other news from Battenfeld Gloucester, the company has sold a seven-layer blown film line to Carpak SA's Flexa Division in Cali, Colombia.
The Gloucester, Mass.-based film machinery maker said the Flexa plant started production last summer. The line is running high-barrier film for flexible laminations, from 31/2-5 mils thick and from 35-72 inches wide.
The line includes seven Contracool extruders and a 16-inch, seven-layer Optiflow LP die, with internal bubble cooling, and Battenfeld Gloucester's UltraCool air ring on top.
Colormax experiences record sales in 2002
TELFORD, ENGLAND - Colormax Ltd. enjoyed a record year in 2002 for orders of its resin-handling equipment.
The Telford firm said sales in the first half of the year were slow, but business recovered in the third quarter, partly because of the company's largest-ever order, to JGP Perrite of Warrington, England. Colormax sold a turnkey package including three multimaterial weighing systems conveying material from silos and all associated control systems.
Colormax said it has sold its Posimax feeder, introduced at K 2001 in Germany, to customers in the United Kingdom, Australia, China, Holland, Italy and the United States.
The company makes material-transfer equipment, conditioning equipment for blending and drying and metering units for adding materials into a process.
Pelletron relocates office and test lab
LANCASTER, PA. - Pelletron Corp., which makes dedusting equipment, has relocated its offices and laboratory test facilities to two separate sites in Lancaster.
Jerry Paulson, president and chief executive officer, said Pelletron needed more room. The two facilities have a total of 4,000 square feet of space. The administrative headquarters now is at 3004 Hempland Road. The dedusting lab and test facility are at 310 Running Pump Road.
Pelletron also said it has launched a contract dedusting service.
Pelletron employs 10 and has 12 models capable of disrupting electrostatic bonds between contaminants and raw materials at rates up to 200,000 pounds per hour. In plastics processing, Pelletron equipment removes fines, fluff and streamers from resin pellets.
Paulson founded Pelletron in 1986, the same year the firm's dedusting equipment patent was issued.
Bunting Magnetics buys New Moulders
NEWTON, KAN. - Bunting Magnetics Co. expanded its stake in conveying equipment by acquiring New Moulders Supply Co. Inc. of Toronto for undisclosed terms in late April.
The purchased business, renamed Bunting Magnetics Canada Inc., will continue to distribute molding supplies and manufacture conveying machinery, including under-the-press models, incline conveyors and part separators.
Moulder Supply magnetic-based equipment production will be transferred to Bunting Magnetics' head office in Newton, Bunting Magnetics President Bob Bunting said by telephone.
Bunting Magnetics' product line includes magnetic drawer filters, hopper magnets, metal detectors and separation conveyors.
The firm will continue to sell these products into the Canadian market from Newton through a Canadian sales representative.
Moulders Supply's former owners, Bill and Arlene Bell, have retired. Sons David and Kevin Bell will continue with the business as regional sales manager and branch manager, respectively.
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