Western Plastics adds fourth 4-color press
TEMECULA, CALIF. - Western Plastics Inc. has added a four-color flexographic press to boost the printing of stretch wrap film.
The film producer, based in Temecula, bought the printing press from Queens Machinery Co. of Taipei, Taiwan, said marketing manager Bert Fraga. The company will use the press to print tags on film to identify loads and to prevent pilferage or tampering, Fraga said.
The Temecula site has three other four-color printing presses, which are used with machine-fed cast stretch pallet wrap and hand-stretched wrap.
Western Plastics also has a U.S. facility in Calhoun, Ga., and facilities in Canada and Ireland. The company makes a variety of packaging products, including protective packaging. bags and liners, shrink wrap and mailers.
Merloni opens plant in England for dryers
FABRIANO, ITALY - Appliance maker Merloni Elettrodomestici SpA has invested £15 million ($27 million) to launch a production line in Yate, England, to make clothes dryers.
Plastics parts for the new line are being molded on-site by an outside custom molder, RGE Engineering Ltd. of Godmanchester, England.
The plant has 16 injection presses, including 13 Sandrettos with clamping forces of 600-1,200 tons.
Fabriano-based Merloni bought the Yate plant in 2001 from General Domestic Appliance Ltd. With the upgrade, the plant can produce 1.2 million dryers annually.
Merloni has 18 appliance plants worldwide.
The strategy of putting custom molders on-site is not new for Merloni. Earlier this year, the company announced that several supplier companies are investing £16 million ($29 million) and creating around 200 jobs by setting up plastic parts molding, packaging and other operations to serve its Kinmel Park, Wales, washing machine facility.
One molder at that site is Tecnoplast srl of Monte San Vito, Italy, which has a variety of presses on-site as large as 1,250 tons.
Another Merloni supplier, SCA Packaging Tuscarora of Aylesford, England, invested about £1 million ($1.8 million) to set up an on-site unit to produce expanded polystyrene packaging.
Bunzl restructuring affects executives
COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA. - Bunzl Extrusion Inc. has streamlined its management structure.
The company's Phoenix management will report to Brian McSharry, president of Bunzl's Chicago operation. President Tony Herbert said the Phoenix site will gain from Chicago's size and experience in point-of-purchase, refrigeration and construction markets, which the two businesses share.
Herbert noted that a clean room planned for the Phoenix operation to aid its entry into medical markets has been put on hold while the reorganization gels.
Phoenix sales manager Martin Rey will report to Dan Bardget, Chicago vice president of sales, to help the two sales forces align. Martin Caulfield, former temporary president of Phoenix, has retired.
Bunzl's Monterrey, Mexico, extrusion business will report to Neil Shillingford, president of Bunzl Extrusion's Columbia, S.C., and Philadelphia operations. Monterrey's main business of lighting lenses and related products is similar to the Columbia/Philadelphia business. Javier Castillo is general manager of Monterrey.
Bunzl Extrusion, headquartered in Colonial Heights, had estimated sales of $146 million last year in profile, tubing and sheet extrusion.