Krauss announces support, sales help
FLORENCE, KY. - Krauss-Maffei Kunststofftechnik GmbH announced that spare parts and technical support for its optical disc replication equipment now will be coordinated from its North American headquarters, at Krauss-Maffei Corp. in Florence.
Sales support will be coordinated by Artie Riegger from a New York sales office.
To serve its West Coast customers, the Munich, Germany-based press maker will maintain an office at a new location in California.
Silo maker Zeppelin buys Motan Materials
FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, GERMANY - Zeppelin Silo- und Apparatetechnik GmbH of Friedrichshafen, which makes conveying systems, turnkey plants and silos for polymer manufacturing and processing, is purchasing Weingarten, Germany-based Motan Materials Handling GmbH.
The deal is pending German trade authority approval. The purchase will strengthen Zeppelin's position as a systems supplier for handling bulk solids, the firm said.
Zeppelin bought Motan Materials from F.L. Smidth Holding of Copenhagen, Denmark. Terms were not disclosed.
Motan employs 56 and has sales of about 20 million euros ($24 million).
Zeppelin had 2003 sales of 71 million euros ($86 million) and employs 416. It is a division of Zeppelin GmbH, which is the direct successor of Earl Ferdinand von Zeppelin, the German airship builder.
Motan Materials is not affiliated with Motan GmbH, the parent of Motan Inc. of Plainwell, Mich.
U.S. Battenfeld base leaving R.I. for Ill.
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - It's official: Battenfeld of America Inc. is moving July 1 to South Elgin, Ill.
The company is leaving its West Warwick, R.I., home of more than 20 years for a 17,000-square-foot building in South Elgin, near Chicago. The firm is the U.S. injection molding machine unit of SMS Plastics Technology of Meinerzhagen, Germany.
SMS and Battenfeld of America announced last fall that the U.S. operation would move to the Chicago area, to be more centrally located for major U.S. molders.
Officials announced the exact location and the move-in date at an SMS pre-K 2004 news conference held May 27 in Vienna.
South Elgin will serve as the U.S. headquarters, and will house the company's main U.S. spare-parts operation. The new location will include a showroom and demonstration facility, and a training area. Battenfeld of America President Michael Santa said 22 people will work there.
Battenfeld also runs four regional sales and service offices.
Mold-Tech to expand new Mexican facility
MEXICO CITY - Mold repair and texturing company Mold-Tech and its parent, Standex International Corp., are making moves into southern locations.
Mold-Tech, based in Walnut, Calif., already is planning to expand the 5,000-square-foot Queretaro, Mexico, production site it opened in February. The move into Mexico makes the firm one of the few mold-servicing firms in Mexico's interior, said Dennis Evans, manager of business development for Mold-Tech Latinoamerica SA de CV, at Plastimagen, held recently in Mexico City.
Mold-Tech will employ about eight at the facility, he said. Mold-Tech now has seven North American facilities and 21 total.
In other news, publicly held parent firm Standex will move its headquarters from Rochester, N.Y., to Richmond, Va. The move should be completed by 2005, Evans said. The firm's Standex Engraving division performs laser engraving of surface finishes. Operations will cease in Rochester.
Macro names Merritt sole U.S. sales rep
HAMDEN, CONN. - Merritt Extruder Corp. is now the exclusive U.S. sales representative for Macro Engineering and Technology Inc., a Mississauga, Ontario, maker of blown and cast film equipment for food packaging.
Macro's multilayer film equipment includes lines for producing polyvinylidene chloride film and casings for sausage and cheese packaging. Its technology includes the stackable TaperPack and MacroPack coextrusion dies. Macro also custom engineers surface and turret winders.
Macro President Mirek Planeta said the company had considered opening a U.S. office, but decided to work with Merritt, adding that he has known Merritt's president, Sandy Guthrie, for many years.
The sales deal does not cover manufacturing. Planeta said Macro builds its own equipment.
Hamden-based Merritt makes single-screw extruders. Merritt has made some three-layer blown film lines, but is not a major player, Guthrie said.
Glycon adds machine for finishing screws
TECUMSEH, MICH. - Glycon Corp. has added a Weingartner machine that automatically finishes screws - eliminating much of the labor-intensive operations of belt polishing and side grinding to buff the screw.
Jeffrey Kuhman, president and chief executive officer, said the machine uses the same program that's on its Weingartner whirling machine for metal cutting, so employees are familiar with it.
Kuhman said the machine cost the Tecumseh firm nearly $1 million. The machine is faster and more accurate than using manual belt polishing, which Kuhman said is the hardest job to fill.
``It's the most `blacksmith,' archaic operation in the manufacturing of screws,'' he said.
PlastiSoft hooks up with Future Design
MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO - Future Design Inc. of Mississauga, which makes the Saturn Genie air ring, is teaming up with software supplier PlastiSoft Corp. and its ToriFlex software.
ToriFlex includes customizable quotes, work-order reports, an advanced data-mining module and other features. The software will receive data from Future Design air ring.
Toronto-based PlastiSoft specializes in custom databases and enterprise reporting programs targeted to plastics processors.