Sarna manufacturing membranes in China
SARNEN, SWITZERLAND - Sarnafil, the building products division of Sarna Polymer Holding Inc., has opened a production plant in China.
The 48,440-square-foot facility in Shanghai manufactures reinforced and two-layer polymer-based waterproofing membranes aimed at the Chinese market. The plant has one membrane production line and is home to Sarnafil's China sales organization.
Sarnafil has been the only European supplier of polymeric waterproofing membranes with a production unit in China for several years, Sarna Chairman Fritz Studer said at the plant opening in mid-October.
Sarnafil began supplying the Chinese construction market through a local joint venture in 1998, but took over full ownership of the local company in 2001.
In the United States, Sarnafil Inc. is based in Canton, Mass.
Sarna Polymer Holding is based in Sarnen and employs 3,800 worldwide. Its other unit, Sarnamotive, makes plastic vehicle parts and modules at operations in Germany and North America.
Intertape keeps HQ, moving production
MONTREAL - Flexible packaging producer Intertape Polymer Group Inc. said it will continue administrative functions in Montreal after it shuts half its operation there by January.
Intertape will transfer production of hot-melt carton sealing tape and packaging machinery assembly to other operations from Montreal, the firm said Nov. 2. About 80 employees will lose their jobs from the partial closure. Another 70 work in sales and administration in Montreal.
The company expects to save about C$4.7 million (US$3.9 million) per year from the closure. It will take a one-time charge of C$5.1 million (US$4.2 million) for the shutdown in its fourth quarter. Intertape recently announced plans to close a Cumming, Ga., tapes facility to save costs.
Intertape lists Montreal and Bradenton, Fla., as its head offices.
Nypro design venture targets global sites
CLINTON, MASS. - Design firm Radius Product Development, which is partly owned by injection molder Nypro Inc., is making a global push, opening design centers in Beijing, Copenhagen and Hong Kong.
Much of the growth will come in China. The company plans during the next two years to more than double the 60 designers it currently employs, adding 50 of them in Beijing.
``That's where the action is,'' said Nypro spokesman Al Cotton. ``There's a lot of new business, particularly in the electronics area, more now in automotive and consumer, and starting up a little bit in health care.''
Radius said Oct. 14 that it opened the Copenhagen office last year, and the Beijing and Hong Kong locations within the past three months, to do work for multinational companies operating in those markets.
Cotton said Radius also is expanding its U.S. design operations: Its main office in Clinton is moving to a facility that will double its space, and Radius' Chicago office, which opened in 2002, also is growing. The company said it employed 30 designers two years ago.
Radius also may add design studios in the near future in the United States and Europe, President Steve Callahan said in a news release.
Radius is a joint venture owned by its managers and Nypro
Durakon expanding in paint lamination
LAPEER, MICH. - Automotive supplier and thermoformer Durakon Industries Inc. is adding machinery to expand paint film capabilities at its Lapeer and Clinton, Tenn., facilities.
The equipment is for laminating thin sheets of paint to the surface of components with a Class A finish, Durakon said. Use of the paint process is growing, the firm said. It was first used this year on thermoformed running boards and stone guards on the new Chevrolet SSR, but is now finding applications in rocker panels and fascias as well.
Dennis DeLeonard, vice president of sales and marketing, did not disclose the equipment's cost, but he said the investment was substantial. DeLeonard said the paint process adds strength to the plastic part, is chip resistant, and available in a variety of colors.
Durakon supplies bedliners, tonneau covers, roll-out cargo-bed trays and storage boxes for carmakers and aftermarket customers.
PCL seeking buyer for Fla. films plant
OAKVILLE, ONTARIO - PCL Packaging Corp.'s Jacksonville, Fla., custom films plant is for sale, as the company plans to focus on its carryout bag operations.
PCL, based in Oakville, bought the 68,000-square-foot Florida plant from Coastal Plastics Corp. in 2002. Now named PCL's Coastal Division, the facility extrudes more than 22 million pounds of polyethylene film annually for specialty bags and converters, said Thomas Blaige, chief executive officer of investment banking firm Thomas Blaige & Co. LLC of Chicago.
PCL hired Blaige to sell the plant.
``The [PCL] board decided that the carryout bag market had more attractiveness as a core product,'' Blaige said.
PCL's other five facilities in the United States and Canada make printed sacks for retail, supermarket, pharmaceutical, waste-disposal and food-service markets. Import restrictions on bags made overseas are helping to fuel growth in those markets, Blaige said.