Plastics Color Corp. has gone global, opening locations in China and the Netherlands in the past 18 months.
The locations are the first outside of the United States for PCC, a color concentrate maker and compounder in Dayville, Conn.
``A good majority of our customers have expanded globally,'' President Doug Borgsdorf said in a recent phone interview. ``And we need to be there to support our growth.''
PCC's Chinese effort also was spurred by customers - particularly those in the medical, automotive and housewares markets - that had quality concerns about dispersion and let-down ratios in the color products they were sourcing there, Borgsdorf added.
PCC opened a new, 26,000-square-foot sales office and warehouse in Nanjing, China, in early March. The firm also is building a 53,000-square-foot manufacturing facility next door, which should be completed in August.
Initially, the second building will contain a liquid-color operation, but it could house a pair of twin-screw extrusion lines for concentrate production by the end of the year, Borgsdorf said. PCC currently employs seven in China and expects to employ 18 by early 2006.
The total cost of the project is around $1.5 million. PCC products also are being toll-produced at two sites elsewhere in China.
In the Netherlands, PCC opened a warehouse and sales office in Hoek in early 2004. Officials may install compound and concentrate production there as well, said Borgsdorf, who joined PCC in 1998 and was named president in early April.
James Christie was named president of PCC's compounding business. Borgsdorf and Christie essentially have split the job of longtime PCC President Raymond LaChapelle, who now is chairman.
In the United States, PCC operates plants in Dayville; Calumet City, Ill.; and Asheboro, N.C. The firm employs 135 and can produce 175 million pounds of compounds and concentrates annually on 25 lines. The Asheboro site received two new computerized feeding systems in early April.
PCC also may return production work to the California area. The firm operates a warehouse in Chula Vista, Calif., and previously ran production lines there.
PCC posted sales of about $40 million in 2004 and expects to hit the $43 million mark this year. Color concentrates account for about 60 percent of sales, with the rest coming from compounding.
The firm is a unit of PMC Global Inc., a Sun Valley, Calif.-based conglomerate owned by Philip Kamins. PMC had sales of almost $900 million in 2000, the last year the firm reported sales.