Oiles opening plant in Czech Republic
TOKYO - Oiles Corp., a Tokyo manufacturer of maintenance-free plastic and graphite bearings, is opening a production plant in the Czech Republic.
The company plans to invest as much as 4 million euros ($5 million) to construct and equip a facility in Kadan during the next three years. The plant, which will start with 35 workers, will turn out sealing and self-lubricating bearings used mainly in the automotive industry.
Oiles had planned to open a site in Poland, said international operations director Shohei Nakamoto.
``Ultimately, however, we decided on Kadan ... mainly thanks to its better infrastructure as well as for its good location near Germany, where we have our biggest customers,'' he said in a news release.
The company's North American subsidiary, Oiles America Corp. of Plymouth, Mich., runs a plant in Concord, N.C.
In Europe, Oiles runs Oiles Tribomet GmbH in Ober-Morlen, Germany, and has affiliate units in Ã–rebro, Sweden; and Espoo, Finland. Other Oiles operations are in Australia, New Zealand and Asia.
R&D adding space, crane, mold storage
HILLSBORO, ORE. - R&D Plastics LLC is investing about $350,000 for more space, an overhead crane and a mold storage unit.
The company also is reworking its Web site.
``The investment will enable us to double our sales over the next three years,'' President Rod Roth said by telephone. The firm has added 10 customers this year.
Roth projected 2004 sales of about $3.5 million, representing a 15 percent increase from last year, he said.
At its Hillsboro site, R&D is leasing an additional 3,000 square feet for auxiliary equipment and mold storage, giving it a total of 13,000 square feet.
US Crane and Hoist Inc. of Wilsonville, Ore., will supply a full bridge crane with 3-ton lifting capacity. R&D operates 10 injection molding machines from 28-570 tons and, with the crane, expects to add three more presses eventually, from 90-190 tons.
Stanley Vidmar Storage Technologies of Allentown, Pa., is supplying a Stak system with 136 pallets, each measuring 30 inches by 36 inches and having a 2,000-pound capacity.
KlÃ¶ckner expanding at Virginia facility
GORDONSVILLE, VA. - Rigid film producer KlÃ¶ckner Pentaplast of America Inc. is launching a $20 million expansion at its Rural Retreat, Va., plant that will add two new lines.
The Gordonsville company will install a new rigid PVC calendering line at the plant by July, according to KlÃ¶ckner spokeswoman Nancy Ryan.
The rigid PVC film will be used for packaging and specialty applications.
The company also will add a film tentering line by late next summer, Ryan said. The line will add production capacity for shrink-sleeve label film that can be printed for food, beverage and consumer applications, she said.
The addition will help KlÃ¶ckner Pentaplast expand into new shrink-sleeve products, company President Michael Tubridy said in a news release. The tentering line can process PVC, glycol-modified PET and polystyrene films, Tubridy said.
The company will add about 60 employees as part of the expansion, Ryan said.
The 200,000-square-foot Gordonsville plant has several other tentering lines, included one installed in March.
The company also has added several PVC calendering lines in a series of expansions during the past six years.
KlÃ¶ckner Pentaplast was No. 13 on Plastics News' recent ranking of North American film and sheet manufacturers, with estimated related sales of $500 million in 2003.