ICM Plastics Inc. is expanding its blow molding operations in a big way, adding two blow molding machines and a bulk resin storage system.
Lon Johansen, blow molding operations manager, said the Rogers-based company has seen strong demand for blow molded engineered resins for containers and various hollow shapes. The company is using thermoplastic elastomers for such items as sealing boots, air management and medical suction systems. ICM also recently added in-line pressure testing and in-mold labeling.
The company has nearly doubled its blow molding capacity in the last two years and has a total of seven blow molding machines, with shot weights up to 8 pounds. Johansen said that growth is coming in the heath-care and chemical markets, with demand especially for larger parts.
An eighth machine, for medical and pharmaceutical products, is on order, according to sales manager Mike Glenn, and will be installed in October.
The company added a bulk resin system, including a couple of silos, in mid-July.
Glenn said blow molding was about 10-15 percent of ICM's business a few years ago, but has grown to 25 percent this year.
The company, which is also known as Imperial Custom Molding Inc., was founded in 1977 and employs 200.