Irish lens producer growing, adding jobs
ENNIS, IRELAND - A global ophthalmic lens manufacturer is expanding its plant in Ennis, with plans to create 100 jobs during the next five years.
A 6.5 million euro (about $8 million) investment at Organic Lens Manufacturing Essidev SA, part of Essilor International SA, will expand production of Varilux progressive lenses. The 14-year-old plant now employs 185. The company did not disclose details about the plastics operations.
Essilor operates 18 plants around the world, including three in the United States, one in Puerto Rico and one in Mexico.
Silver Line weighing N.C. sites for plant
NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Silver Line Building Products Corp. is considering sites in North Carolina for its next plant.
According to a Nov. 5 report in the Charlotte Observer, the North Brunswick-based vinyl window maker could decide on the new location by the end of the month. It is looking at sites in Durham and Winston-Salem.
Durham economic development officials deferred to company officials for any further details. Silver Line officials did not return a call seeking comment.
Silver Line has active extrusion plants in North Brunswick; Marion, Ohio; Lithia Springs, Ga.; and Fall River, Mass. It is equipping a distribution site in Garland, Texas, and a fabrication site in Lansing, Ill., with extrusion lines.
Recently, the firm expanded capacity at Marion, North Brunswick and Lithia Springs, said machine maker Davis-Standard Corp. In August, Silver Line bought three GP-94 extruders, giving it 70 Davis-Standard extruders, the machine maker said.
Argotech launches lab-scale film line
GREENFIELD, MASS. - Argotec Inc. has started a laboratory blown film line to help scale up film and sheet production without the expense of a full-scale production run.
The Greenfield firm said the new system functions like a production line, but runs small test batches, allowing Argotec to avoid shutting down commercial capacity when it wants to run trials.
The new line can make film in thicknesses of 0.8-20 mils, in widths of 12-26 inches and lengths of up to 100 feet. Among projects slated for the line are concept samples for customers, tests on new film formulations and tests on new resin offerings. The company specializes in polyurethane film but also extrudes other specialty thermoplastics.
Argotec said it plans to install a flat-die extruder laboratory line by the first quarter of 2005.
Excelsior purchases Welsh film extruder
FLINT, WALES - A Welsh specialty packaging films producer has been rescued by converter Excelsior Packaging Group of Yonkers, N.Y.
Excelsior bought G.S. Technologies Ltd. of Flint days after G.S. was forced into the hands of administrators Ernst & Young on Sept. 21 when a source of working capital dried up.
G.S., which extrudes polyolefin-based medical, retortable and sealing films and laminates, employs more than 100 at its main plant in Flint and a satellite facility in Asheville, N.C., said its managing director, Dave Moorcroft.
Excelsior principal Ron Shemesh led the rescue. He and his brother Yoram sold World Class Film Corp. to Tyco International Ltd. in 2001.
``Ron Shemesh was trying out some of our films at their plant. He liked the technology we have developed ... and decided to buy the company,'' Moorcroft said in a telephone interview.
Excelsior has plants in Yonkers and Vancouver, Wash.
Deceuninck acquires Turkish profile maker
HOOGLEDE, BELGIUM - Deceuninck NV is taking a leap forward in the fast-expanding Turkish PVC window market with its purchase of the Winsa division of Turkey's Pilsa Plastik Sanayi AS.
The $8 million acquisition, combined with new investment at Deceuninck's own Turkish profile extruder, Ege Profil AS in Izmir, will raise Deceuninck's Turkish profiles throughput to more than 110 million pounds annually by the end of 2005. The additions will make Ege Profil the No. 1 supplier in Turkey, according to Deceuninck of Hooglede.
Winsa makes 52 different profiles at a 318,000-square-foot plant in Adapazari, near Istanbul. The facility, launched in 1998, has annual capacity of 22 million pounds.
A Deceuninck spokesman said the firm plans to continue producing profiles at Adapazari, renting the plant for at least two years.
Deceuninck will benefit from Winsa's modern compounding unit, while Winsa, which buys extrusion tools, will take advantage of Ege Profil's toolroom.
Last year, Deceuninck earmarked Turkey as one of several important regions in its business plan. Today, the firm points out, Turkey is Europe's third-largest PVC windows market, behind Britain and Germany.
Turkey has seen a construction boom on the back of a strong national business climate during 2004, fed in part by rising consumer confidence that Turkey is likely to join the European Union.
``In contrast to our own aging population pyramid, the Turkish population is largely made up of young families and they all want their own homes as soon as possible,'' said Deceuninck Chief Executive Officer Clement De Meersman.