StackTeck acquires Milacron machine
BRAMPTON, ONTARIO - Brampton-based mold maker StackTeck Systems Inc. has acquired a 500-ton Ferromatik Milacron two-shot injection press for running mold tests at its plant in Walnut, Calif.
The press has a 40-inch tie-bar spacing, a secondary vertical injection unit and multiple hydraulic core pulls.
StackTeck said it now has 13 injection presses for mold testing and sampling.
Adirondack converts facility for recycling
Argyle, N.Y. - Adirondack Plastics and Recycling Inc. is converting a former Tyco Healthcare Products plant into a plastics recycling operation.
Adirondack bought the recently closed facility in Argyle and is renovating the 95,000-square-foot building to suit its needs. Cost of the building, renovation and some equipment upgrades will come to about $775,000, Adirondack President John Aspland said in a telephone interview.
Aspland hopes to move his company's plastics recycling business into the Argyle plant from its current location in Fort Edward, N.Y., by early August. The firm will upgrade two shredding and grinding systems and it expects to add a new granulator. Adirondack will then convert the Fort Edward plant to a paper recycling operation. Paper has been a minor part of the operation so far.
Aspland said his company's expansion plans have been fueled by its recent merger with Diversified Services in Plastics, a plastics broker in Leominster, Mass. Former Diversified Services owner Bud Arbo will continue with the merged entity as a sales representative in New England and elsewhere.
The former Tyco plant is well-equipped for a plastics recycling business, according to Aspland. It has plenty of warehouse space, six loading docks, a sewage treatment plant, a polymer laboratory and a compounding room. He also noted that skilled ex-Tyco plastics personnel could be available in the area as Adirondack needs them.
Adirondack will strengthen its laboratory services with the relocation of Associated Polymer Labs to the Argyle facility from Queensbury, N.Y. Aspland said he has worked before with Associated Polymer's owners, Laura and Jim Zwynenburg.
Meanwhile, Adirondack plans to add blending services, more toll grinding business and pelletization in Argyle. His firm sells recycled post-industrial plastics to a range of compounders, end users and export markets.
Viedam exporting molds from Vietnam
HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM - Viedam Mold Corp. has started exporting its injection molds from its new factory in Ho Chi Minh City.
Viedam is a 50-50 joint venture between Ho Chi Minh City's Anlap Co. and Skive, Denmark-based WBL A/S. The $3 million factory opened May 16 and employs 150.
``We are now producing 20 molds a month and will double up production to 40 molds by the end of this year,'' said Viedam director Svend Lund.
Viedam has the capacity to produce 100 small and medium-size molds a month, almost all of which will be exported to Europe.
End markets for the molds include automotive and mobile phone applications.
S. Korea firm licenses Inclosia technology
GUANGZHOU, CHINA - Enclosure technology developer Inclosia Solutions of Midland, Mich., has signed a licensing agreement with injection molder Mosen Co. Ltd. of Bucheon, South Korea. The agreement was signed in April and disclosed during the Chinaplas trade show, held June 21-23 in Guangzhou.
The terms allow Mosen to use Inclosia Solutions' EXO overmolding decorative technologies in its production of mobile telecommunication parts.
Already possessing molding, film insert and painting expertise, Mosen has South Korean manufacturing facilities molding housing covers in Bucheon and keypads in Incheon and Seoul. Mosen also has a newly constructed Beijing, China, operation, Beijing Mosen Telecommunication & Equipment Co. Ltd., where production of housing covers begins in October. Another Incheon factory to mold keypads and covers is now under construction.
Mosen was established in 1984 and includes Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Nokia Oyj among its customers.
Inclosia Solutions, a business unit of Dow Chemical Co., announced an EXO licensing agreement with injection molder Taiwan Green Point Enterprises Co. Ltd. of Taichung, Taiwan, on May 9. Inclosia draws on proprietary technology and Dow material expertise and product development capabilities in helping original equipment manufacturers differentiate products in the electronics marketplace.
Invensys sells off Viatran to Dynisco
FRANKLIN, MASS. - Franklin-based Dynisco LLC, which makes pressure transducers, auxiliary equipment and testing instruments for the plastics and rubber industries, has branched out by purchasing Viatran Corp. from Invensys plc.
Viatran makes pressure transducers and transmitters for the oil and gas, test stand, fluid power and food and beverage industries. Resin manufacturers also use Viatran transducers for high-pressure reaction measurements and compression application measurements.
Norway's Statoil AB sells Borealis share
STAVANGER CITY, NORWAY - Statoil AB has sold its 50 percent share of Kongens Lyngby, Denmark-based resin manufacturer Borealis A/S to International Petroleum Investment Co. of Abu Dhabi and OMV AG of Vienna, Austria.
IPIC bought 65 percent of Statoil's share; the rest is OMV's. Statoil, based in Stavanger City, still will supply feedstock to Borealis, according to a Borealis news release.
Borealis manufactures nylon, polypropylene, PVC and polyethylene.
The company has plants in Denmark, Estonia, the Faroe Islands, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sweden, and England.
Statoil Chief Executive Officer Helge Lund said, ``We are selling our interests in petrochemicals because this no longer forms part of our core business.''