HOOGLEDE, BELGIUM - Deceuninck NV has launched a four-line profile extrusion plant in Serpuchov, Russia, to serve the country's rapidly growing PVC window market.
The new facility, which is starting with 80 workers, is near Moscow. The Deceuninck Rus OOO plant has an annual capacity of 15 million pounds, according to the Hooglede-based parent.
Deceuninck considers Russia a ``highly important growth market,'' and already has established an extensive Russian commercial network based in Moscow, with sales offices in St. Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Ekaterinenburg and Novosibirsk. It has another sales unit in the neighboring state of Kazakhstan.
PVC windows claim 60 percent of the window market in Russia, according to Deceuninck.
``The production start-up in Serpuchov means that we have put in place one of the important forward-looking projects in our business plan,'' said Deceuninck Chief Executive Officer Clement De Meersman.
Elsewhere in Europe, Deceuninck is on the verge of launching its new wood composite technology, based on a mix of wood fiber and PVC, not polyethylene as it markets in the United States for decking and rail. The material, developed in Belgium by the company's Delta division, is aimed at two main construction applications: a distinctive European decking product and stiffer outside wall cladding, said a company spokesman.
Deceuninck introduced its European Twinson-brand wood composite technology at a small garden furniture exhibition in the United Kingdom. The main regional markets are expected to be in France, Germany, Belgium and the United Kingdom, the spokesman said.
In August, in the face of a saturated United Kingdom PVC window market, Deceuninck closed its profile and window fabrication operation in Oldham, England, with a loss of some 80 jobs. Production switched to other European plants.
As part of further restructuring in Britain, Deceuninck has invested £5.6 million ($10 million) in a new, 108,000-square-foot distribution center near its national headquarters at Calne, England. The center, which employs 20, will work with the firm's northern England distribution unit in Royton.
Deceuninck announced it has merged its two U.K. subsidiaries, Deceuninck UK and Status Systems, into one national trading company, Deceuninck Status.
Crane Composites launching Ill. facility
STAMFORD, CONN. - Crane Composites, a unit of diversified industrial products firm Crane Co. in Stamford, will open a facility dedicated to continuous-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic composites.
The company will begin production in January at a 91,000-square-foot facility in Joliet, Ill. The city is the headquarters of Crane Co.'s Kemlite subsidiary, which makes fiberglass-reinforced panels.
Officials did not return a call seeking comment before deadline.
Crane Co. formed Crane Composites in 2004 to focus on new business opportunities, acquisitions and technology development. Its product will be sold under the brand name Zenicon.
Its finished panels can be made as wide as 110 inches in 500-foot coils or individual panels, using polypropylene, nylon or PET with reinforcements like fiberglass, carbon or aramid fibers. The panels will be used in markets such as construction, transportation and marine.
Crane Co. acquired the Lasco composites business from Tomkins Industries Inc. in 2002. Lasco manufactured fiberglass-reinforced panels, and that purchase expanded Crane's products in several industries, including transportation, building products and recreational vehicle markets, and provided an entry into the industrial market.
Calair Systems plans push into U.S., U.K.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - Sydney-based Calair Systems Ltd. will launch its plastic pipes in the United Kingdom and United States once the company is floated on the Newcastle Stock Exchange in September.
The color-coded polypropylene pipe is used in commercial and industrial facilities to carry compressed air, gases, chemicals, oil and water. Australian building codes dictate that all pipe in commercial and industrial facilities must be labeled or painted in standardized colors to identify the contents.
John McNab, Calair managing director, said the company has seven franchises in Australia and wanted to expand product sales and franchises.
Currently the pipe is manufactured only in Sydney, but McNab said if the overseas launch is successful, Calair will establish manufacturing plants in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Calair's Pro-Pipe line is coextruded, resulting in a colored layer that will not peel, flake or delaminate, even when exposed to light, according to the firm.
The company currently exports to New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Sri Lanka and southern India.