Johnson is molding with metal injection
AMHERST, N.H. - Longtime plastic injection molder Johnson Precision Inc. is turning to metal injection molding to expand its offerings.
The Amherst custom molder, mold maker and machining company has been involved in plastic injection molding for 25 years and started 2006 by test molding metal powder as an alternative to investment casting. It now helps customers with feedstock formulation, mold making and molding metal parts. It outsources the parts for debinding and sintering.
Customers requested the process, a JPI spokesman said.
JPI employs 60 in a 50,000-square-foot facility. It specializes in high-end medical and electronics parts. It also does insert molding, laser marking and microscopic tungsten insert gas welding.
Tempo Plastics Ltd. upgrades printing
THORNTON, ONTARIO - Film extruder and converter Tempo Plastics Ltd. is completing an upgrade of its printing abilities.
The Thornton firm will take delivery of a new, eight-color printing press this month, said Tempo President Joseph Giglio. It will be the third such press his firm has installed in as many years.
The Chronos press was supplied by Flexotecnica SpA of Tavazzano, Italy. Giglio said by telephone that his firm was so impressed with the Chronos machinery that Tempo replaced older printing equipment.
The new presses are based on sleeves and gearless servotechnology, which makes changeovers easy and improves accuracy. Flex Essentials Inc. of Caledon East, Ontario, represents Flexotecnica in Canada.
Tempo makes and converts low and high density polyethylene film and laminated constructions into specialty packaging, stand-up pouches and packages with special zip or tap closures.
Alcoa and Graham form packaging pact
RICHMOND, VA. - Alcoa Packaging of Richmond and Graham Packaging Co. LP of York, Pa., have joined forces to use Graham's blow molded containers with Alcoa's printed shrink-sleeve labels to market branded food and beverage, household, specialty and automotive products.
``Now, we can work jointly on the development of these packages and offer customers increased speed to market,'' Alcoa Packaging spokeswoman Victoria Welch said by telephone.
The companies have coordinated promotional sales, marketing and service teams, officials said, to move customers from concept to market with containers and flexible packaging that will increase shelf visibility, brand awareness and functionality.
Bericap to construct plant in Kazakhstan
BUDENHEIM, GERMANY - German closure maker Bericap Holding GmbH is expanding its presence in Asia by building a new facility in Kazakhstan and acquiring a majority stake in its Indian joint venture.
The Budenheim-based company has secured a $2.5 million loan from the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to build a facility to supply caps to the Central Asian food, pharmaceutical and industrial markets. The plant will cut costs, provide room for expansion and build Bericap's presence in Central Asia, according to the EBRD.
Bericap started operations in Kazakhstan in 2001 as a distribution hub but built a factory in 2003 that now supplies 300 million caps a year to Central Asia, Azerbaijan and Georgia, with half the sales in Kazakhstan.
The factory will be built near Kazakhstan's capital, Almaty.
EBRD said it is loaning money for the factory to help stimulate the fast-growing food-production market in the country and move Kazakhstan's economy away from dependence on oil and gas.
Bericap said in March it had acquired majority control of its closure plant in India, which had been a 50-50 venture with Essel Propack Ltd. of Mumbai, India. Bericap also said it plans to build a factory in Pune, India, moving operations from Murbad, India, to Pune in the latter part of 2006.