Eppendorf slates U.S. production plant
ENFIELD, Conn. - Aiming to boost its presence in the United States, biotechnology company Eppendorf AG of Hamburg, Germany, is establishing a production facility in Enfield to produce plastic consumables.
The products, according to spokesman Jorn Peplow, are used to transport, contain or handle samples. They are designed to be disposed of after use to avoid cross contamination. They include pipette tips and centrifuge tubes.
Eppendorf manufactures the same products in Europe and currently ships them to the United States. The company is upgrading an existing building in Enfield, and plans to start production by the end of the year.
Klaus Fink, chief executive officer of Eppendorf, said in a news release that closeness to market and reduced corporate exposure to currency exchange rates were reasons for the expansion. The company said it also selected Connecticut because of its``plastic corridor,'' a cluster status granted by the state in 2001.
Eppendorf has 1,700 employees worldwide.
JCI to supply Hyundai Ala. assembly site
PLYMOUTH, MICH. - Johnson Controls Inc. has signed on as an interior supplier to Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama LLC's new Alabama assembly plant. JCI is set to invest in a 70-employee factory in Montgomery.
The carmaker will use JCI center consoles and trim for its next-generation Hyundai Sonata sedans when production launches in March.
The Plymouth-based auto supplier has leased a 120,000-square-foot building and is refurbishing the site for production to launch in early 2005, JCI officials announced July 28. The company did not have details available about the molding it will be doing at the site.
Tredegar acquires third China facility
RICHMOND, VA. - Tredegar Film Products has expanded its footprint in China with the acquisition of Shanghai Yaheng Perforated Film Material Co. Ltd.
The operation produces apertured nonwoven films mainly used in personal-care products. Established in 1999, the business employs about 40. Richmond-based Tredegar Film did not disclose terms of the deal, which it announced July 28.
The plant is Tredegar's third in the fast-growing nation; all of them focus on personal-care markets such as diapers and feminine hygiene products. Although Tredegar Film has another plant in Shanghai, it has no plans to consolidate production in one facility there, according to spokeswoman Mitzi Reynolds. The firm also runs a film plant in Guangzhou.
Tredegar Film President Thomas Cochran said the recent acquisition expands his company's technology base and product line and underlines its aim to grow in China and other emerging markets.
Reynolds said Tredegar Film supplies several customers in China, including Procter & Gamble Co.
Tredegar Film had sales of $366 million last year from operations in the United States, South America, Europe and China.
Cooper auto sealing unit forms JV in China
NANJING, CHINA - Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.'s auto sealing group has formed a joint venture in China to make plastic and rubber seals for automakers there.
Cooper-Standard Automotive and Saiyang Sealing Products Co. will make and sell seals under the name Cooper Saiyang Wuhu Automotive from a plant in the Wuhu Economic Development Zone near Nanjing.
The production lines will extrude rubber, rubber and plastic, and plastic seals, with a contract in hand to make systems for Ford Motor Co.'s joint venture in China, Changan Ford.
The Cooper venture, announced July 27, comes even as Findlay, Ohio-based Cooper Tire seeks a sale of Cooper-Standard of Novi, Mich., to reduce debt, repurchase shares and concentrate on its tire business.
Saiyang Sealing Products is the fifth-largest sealing supplier in China, already armed with contracts for automakers in the region.