Tontarelli to open Luxembourg plant
Castelfidardo, Italy - Italian plastics housewares injection molder Tontarelli SpA is constructing its sixth European molding plant.
The Bascharage, Luxembourg, plant is set to start up by March, according to Tontarelli.
In the first stage of the 8.5 million euro ($11 million) project, Castelfidardo-based Tontarelli plans to launch a 40,000-square-foot production plant, plus 8,600 square feet of office space.
A second phase, set for 2008-09, will expand the plant to 113,000 square feet. It also will add production lines, logistics and distribution centers, the company said.
Family-owned Tontarelli chose Luxembourg to allow it to serve the German and Benelux housewares markets better. The company has plants in France, Germany, Britain, Italy and the Czech Republic and distribution centers in Spain and Germany.
In Italy, Tontarelli operates two molding plants and an injection mold development and fabrication shop in Recanati. The company also owns a share of a second mold shop.
The company was founded in 1979. It employs 650 and generated sales of about 90 million euros ($118 million) in 2005.
EU looks to improve rotomolding process
LONDON - A European Union-backed project wants to develop advanced technology capable of cutting rotational molding energy costs by 70 percent.
The Micromelt research project will explore innovative technologies designed to reduce rotomolded product costs and processing time and increase surface quality, according to the London-based British Plastics Federation. BPF, along with the rotomolding trade associations of central Europe and Ireland, will publish the results.
The program is intended to cut processing time cycles by 50 percent and boost quality through the development of microwave tool heating and an innovative internal mold cooling system, both of which could be retrofitted.
Pera Group, an international technology development and industry support organization, is heading the Micromelt research. Pera is supported by Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and Fraunhofer Institute in Munich, Germany.
The project involves a consortium of European firms, including rotomolding machinery supplier Ernst Reinhardt GmbH of Villingen, Germany; Gisip AB, a maker of microwave dryers in SkÃ¶vde, Sweden; Italian temperature control equipment manufacturer Frigel Firenze SpA of Scandicci; and several rotational molders.
``The Micromelt project will help develop the competitive position of rotational molding in relation to other processes,'' said BPF spokesman Philip Law.
Partly financed by the EU, Micromelt will support small and medium-size companies.
Drug Plastics gives Top Seal new name
BOYERTOWN, PA. - Drug Plastics and Glass Co. Inc. has renamed its closure-making division, nearly six years after acquiring it.
The unit now is known as Drug Plastics Closures Inc., according to a company news release.
Drug Plastics bought the division, then called Top Seal Corp., in 2001. Drug Plastics and Glass now is the bottle end of its business, and Drug Plastics Closures is the closures part of the business.
Both units serve health-care and pharmaceutical customers. Drug Plastics Closures' products include SecuRx child-resistant and senior-friendly closures.
The former Top Seal shares its headquarters with Drug Plastics and Glass in Boyertown. Drug Plastics Closures also has injection molding in Edinburgh, Ind., and Phoenix. Together, the units have eight manufacturing sites.