Ems-Grivory used NPE 2003 to launch several specialty nylon resins and compounds for uses as diverse as espresso makers and screwdriver handles.
Products making their debut at the Chicago show included:
* Hybrid materials based on the firm's Grivory-brand, high-temperature nylon.
* Versions of Grilon TS, an alloy of nylon 6 and 6/6 that officials said offers excellent surface finish in under-the-hood auto parts.
* Three grades of Grilon-brand nylon 6 for extrusion blow molding markets.
All the offerings first were commercialized in early 2003, or will be commercialized by the end of the year, according to Mark Goydich, the firm's vice president of sales and marketing.
Automotive uses account for about one-third of Ems-Grivory's sales, with food packaging being its second-largest end market.
The firm is benefiting from solid growth in automotive, where its materials already are used in air-cooler end tanks for Ford F-Series trucks, window-wiper pivots for several GM vehicles and mirror brackets on Dodge Ram trucks and Chrysler PT Cruisers.
``There are still opportunities to replace metal,'' said Dave Riffer, business manager for Ems-Grivory's electrical/electronics unit. ``All the Tier 1s are trying to keep costs down and take out additional steps.''
Ems-Grivory, based in Sumter, S.C., is a division of Ems-Chemie Inc. of Sumter and parent firm Ems-Grivory of Domat/Ems, Switzerland. Ems-Grivory operates a nylon resin and compound plant in Sumter. The firm does not disclose production numbers or sales totals.
Sales growth for 2003 is expected to be in the double digits, Goydich said. The firm posted similar growth last year, he said.