Schnipke looks to expand into Arizona
OTTOVILLE, OHIO - Schnipke Engraving Co. Inc. of Ottoville may expand to Tucson, Ariz.
The custom injection molder may start in Tucson with 10-15 machines in a plant of not less than 40,000 square feet, President Jim Arens said by telephone. ``We hope to have the facility up and running in the fall.''
Schnipke evaluated sites in Arizona, New Mexico and west Texas before targeting Tucson for serious discussions. Completion of plans is anticipated in late June.
The new location is ``getting closer to some of our current delivery points'' and will facilitate ``access to markets we have not had a shot at,'' Arens said. ``We don't have a situation immediately in hand, but certainly [Tucson will give Schnipke a] base to attract business out of the California market.''
The family-owned firm may transfer some employees from Ohio, but plans to staff the new plant mostly with local hires.
In Ohio, Schnipke operates 40 presses with clamping forces of of 22-150 tons in 56,000 square feet. It supplies components mostly for medical and microelectronics applications.
Schnipke was founded in 1962 as a mold engraver and transitioned to making molds and then injection molding parts.
American Biaxis doubling film production
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA - Packaging producer Winpak Ltd. said its American Biaxis Inc. subsidiary plans to double production capacity for multilayer, biaxially oriented nylon film.
American Biaxis will spend more than US$13 million on equipment and to expand the building at its Winnipeg plant. Brckner Maschinenbau GmbH will supply the film line with production capacity of 9.2 million pounds per year. Winpak, also based in Winnipeg, said the extra production will start in the third quarter of 2004.
Winpak Chief Financial Officer Murray Johnston said rapid demand growth is spurring the expansion. Flexible packaging is a key market as converters take advantage of the film's barrier properties and printability. Specialty markets, such as novelty balloons, also are growing, he said in a telephone interview. He estimates North America's market for oriented nylon film is increasing 7-8 percent annually and imports are needed to satisfy demand.
Johnston said American Biaxis' new, second line will include coating equipment to boost the three-layer film's printability. The company's original line does not have that capability.
Recently sold MP undergoes staff changes
DENVER - The recent sale of Modern Plastics magazine to Canon Communications LLC has triggered some significant changes, including the departure of editor-in-chief Patrick Toensmeier and two other MP staffers, plus the closure of Modern's headquarters office in New York.
Jeff Sloan, Denver-based group editor of Injection Molding Magazine and Plastics Machinery & Auxiliaries magazine, said he will serve as interim editor of both Modern Plastics and Modern Plastics International magazines until a full-time replacement is found for Toensmeier, who worked nearly 17 years at MP and served as its editor since July 1995.
Sloan said Modern Plastics is giving up the space it had shared in New York with sister company Chemical Week Associates and shifting production of MP and MP International to Denver. Those publications will hire a new managing editor and graphic artist there to replace the New York-based staffers in those positions who, along with Toensmeier, will leave the company May 30. Two recent Modern Plastics recruits - publisher Tim Yocom and senior editor Greg Valero - will remain with the magazine and work mostly out of their homes in New York, Sloan said.
Chevron Phillips opens new Ryton plant
LA PORTE, TEXAS - Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP has opened a new plant in La Porte dedicated to producing compounds based on the firm's Ryton-brand polyphenylene sulfide.
The 49,000-square-foot plant has annual capacity of 15 million pounds. The site operates one twin-screw extrusion line and employs 18.
The plant has been operating at commercial capacity since mid-April, officials said in a May 15 news release. Chevron Phillips will supply the site with Ryton from a plant in nearby Borger, Texas.
The completion of the plant allows Houston-based Chevron Phillips to produce similar Ryton compounds in Europe, Asia and North America. Ryton is used in a variety of automotive, industrial, appliance and electrical/electronic applications.