Amicon remodels for lean manufacturing
HOUSTON - Amicon Plastics Inc. is refurbishing its facility and adding 5,000 square feet of manufacturing space.
``We've really redone the entire plant, making it more for lean manufacturing,'' said Steve Miller, general manager.
Amicon, which does compression molding and concentrates on machining and fabrication, started remodeling in November and has been redesigning areas for efficiency. Miller said he expects the overall effort to be done by July. The company has boosted its space to 27,000 square feet.
Amicon has added a Komo CR510 computer numerically controlled router and a Haas SL 30 CNC lathe that can swing up to 30 inches.
``We do a lot of semiconductor work and that has been our driver,'' Miller said.
He said that as Amicon has expanded its value-added services in areas like assembly and plastic welding, sales have increased. Miller said the semiconductor business has quadrupled in the past three to four years and is up about 40 percent so far this year.
Wilbur Ross eyeing 3 Brazilian plants
NEW YORK - Wilbur Ross' International Automotive Components Group is continuing to grow, with a deal in hand to take control of three automotive plastics plants in Brazil.
IAC, controlled by New York financier WL Ross & Co. LLC and Franklin Mutual Advisers LLC, announced it had completed the acquisition of a controlling stake in Plascar Indústria de Componentes Plasticos Ltda. The Plascar sites had been controlled by Collins & Aikman Corp., which has been operating under bankruptcy protection since May.
The plants are added to an international auto supply group that has bought out the European holdings of Troy, Mich.-based Collins & Aikman. IAC also has an agreement to take over Southfield, Mich.-based Lear Corp.'s European interior facilities.
Ross is in talks with Lear to take over its North American plastics units, although the companies have not finalized an agreement. IAC also has announced a desire to acquire the C&A North American facilities.
Spanish pipe maker adds machines, sites
BURGO DE EBRO, SPAIN- Tubos Perfilados SA (Tupersa) of Burgo de Ebro is expanding its operations, adding PVC and polyethylene pipe production plants in Cordoba and the island of Majorca in Spain.
Tupersa already runs 40 extruders. The firm recently placed an order for nine more from Cincinnati Extrusion GmbH, together worth 650,000 euros ($740,000).
Most of the machines, which include three Alpha single-screw extruders, two Duo 45/75-30D models, three Konos machines and one Proton, are destined for the company's new Majorca site.
Vienna, Austria-based Cincinnati Extrusion also just delivered another Alpha extruder to Tupersa. Tupersa now has 14 of the machines.
Tupersa, now with an annual production capacity of 66 million pounds, is the leader in Spain for manufacturing pipes for electrical applications. Its range includes flexible polypropylene water pipes, and PE composite cable conduit.