Sarna considering sale of Sarnamotive
MARYSVILLE, MICH. - The Swiss parent of injection molder Sarnamotive Blue Water Inc. is considering whether to sell all or part of the auto supplier.
Sarna Polymer Holding Inc. of Sarnen, Switzerland, has been considering long-term strategies for its Sarnamotive unit, which includes Marysville-based Sarnamotive Blue Water.
``Especially it is being examined whether the potential of the automotive business can be exploited faster and more efficiently with partnership or through a divestment,'' the company said in a Nov. 16 announcement.
The sale consideration is not a sign of problems for the auto division, Sarna executives said.
``Today, both sectors represent more value individually than together,'' said Sarna Chairman Fritz Studer.
The company has not announced a time line for any changes at Sarnamotive.
RapidWerks planning European facility
PLEASANTON, CALIF. - RapidWerks Inc. has a new owner and location, and now plans a plant in Europe.
President Scott Herbert bought the business in May from Stratos International Inc., a publicly held electronics company in Chicago. Herbert had been general manager of the RapidWerks business when it was part of Stratos.
In June, he moved the RapidWerks business to Pleasanton.
Before making the move, he made a ``healthy investment'' in infrastructure improvements in the new location, Herbert said.
Herbert said he made the move primarily because of a nearby concentration of medical-device, microfluidics, telecommunications and consumer-electronics customers for RapidWerks' micromolding and tooling services.
RapidWerks hired five people. It occupies 3,000 square feet and, in a Class 10,000 clean room, operates a self-contained Battenfeld Microsystem 50 and two Arburgs with clamping forces of 30 and 60 tons. All three presses use in-line robotics. Shot sizes are 1 gram or less.
The company also wrapped up an ISO audit Nov. 12.
RapidWerks established a European sales and marketing office in the spring. The Glasgow, Scotland, office employs three.
``We will develop a [manufacturing] facility over there in the next 18 months,'' Herbert said.
Medical Murray moving to larger site
BUFFALO GROVE, ILL. - Nanomolding product developer Medical Murray Inc. plans to move about 12 miles in early 2005 to a larger building now under construction.
The firm, formerly Murray Inc., has occupied 4,000 square feet in Buffalo Grove since 1995. Construction began in September on an 11,000-square-foot building near Barrington Hills, Ill.
Medical Murray employs 20. It develops nanomolding applications from proof of concept to production, and makes parts on three nanomolding machines. Typical shot sizes are 0.08-0.35 grams, and part volume is 0.10-200 cubic millimeters.
Most moldable thermoplastic or thermoset resins can be used, except for some high-temperature-melt materials such as perfluoroalkoxy or fluorinated ethylene propylene.
The company sells its nanmolding technology through a licensing deal with C.A. Lawton Co.'s plastic machinery division in De Pere, Wis.
Superbag wins patent infringement suit
HOUSTON - Plastic bag maker Superbag Corp. has won a lawsuit against some competitors, after the U.S. government ordered the competitors not to import products that violate a Superbag patent.
The government ruling ends a case that Houston-based Superbag brought in 2003, after the company said it found imported bags in Texas stores that violated its patent on a tabless, self-opening design.
The decision was being watched closely by U.S. bag makers that were successful earlier this year in a separate effort to convince the government to put up tariffs against imported bags they say are harming the domestic industry.
Superbag's lawyer, Steven Borgman with Vinson & Elkins LLP of Houston, said the firm ``got everything we were asking for'' from the U.S. International Trade Commission because the decision applies to all bag importers, even those not involved in the case.