Husky plans to close one of two Vt. sites
MILTON, VT. - Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. will close the smaller of its Milton facilities to improve efficiency.
By September, Husky will shut its control-cabinet manufacturing operation there and move it to its Bolton, Ontario, headquarters complex, said spokesman Dirk Schlimm. The move will affect 69 employees; only a few are expected to follow the cabinet production to Bolton.
Schlimm said better manufacturing practices have opened up some space in Bolton that will accommodate cabinet production. Electronics, engineering and other injection press assembly functions already are in Bolton, so the move will dovetail with existing operations, he said in a July 13 telephone interview.
Husky also will gain efficiency by quitting leased space in Milton. Cabinet production has been housed in a leased building in Milton since 2003.
Husky's main facility in Milton is a 350-person hot-runner assembly operation, which will continue business as usual. Husky recently invested US$13 million to expand that operation; it owns that building.
CMAI forms alliance with China's Hansol
HOUSTON - Chemical Market Associates Inc. of Houston has formed an alliance with Shanghai, China-based Hansol Consulting to build a consulting practice in China.
The venture will track and analyze market activity and pricing trends in the global chloralkali/vinyls and polyolefin materials sectors.
``We intend to use their domestic expertise and experience, and enhance that with CMAI's resources to develop a China consultancy,'' said Howard Rappaport, CMAI's global thermoplastics leader.
CMAI in May hired Andrew Ho, a former British Petroleum veteran, as its polyolefins director for Asia in CMAI Asia's 16-person Singapore office.
Hansol produces weekly resin reports in Chinese and employs market analysts covering China's fast-growing polyolefins, polypropylene and PVC markets, including regional aspects of those businesses.
CMAI had one full-time consultant in Shanghai, working from his home, whereas the new alliance will start with an office there with six to eight staffers, Rappaport said.
With Hansol, CMAI will develop information on supply and demand by resin segment and track resin inventories throughout the chain in China.
Meanwhile, CMAI - which also has offices in London, New York and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates - has launched an annual product it calls ``World Plastics & Polymers Review.''
The review is a compilation of all the firm's global data, including five-year histories and forecasts, on the resins it tracks in its ``Global Plastics & Polymers Report'' (polyethylene, polypropylene, PVC, polystyrene, expanded PS and PET). It offers resin prices and supply/demand, trade and end-use data for North and South America, West and central Europe, northeast and Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East, and then totals for the world.
The 327-page report - also available on compact disc - costs $5,000 for CMAI clients who already receive its monthly resin report, and $6,000 for those who do not.
Donated equipment will help surgeons
SAN DIEGO - Rapid Product Development Group Inc. of San Diego plans to donate stereolithography equipment to help surgeons with craniofacial reconstruction surgery in Iraq.
The donation will support RP4 Baghdad, a project designed to benefit severely injured people in Iraq. Rapid Product is donating models Somos 14120 or 11120 and clear or opaque cast urethane duplications.