Partnership creates coinjection system
IPSWICH, MASS. - Kortec Inc. and Uniloy Milacron have partnered to develop a turnkey coinjection system aimed at blow molding three-layer medical and pharmaceutical containers.
One of the first major medical applications is a polycarbonate diagnostic container that can withstand sterilization processes such as steam and autoclave, where thick-wall glass containers have been standard.
According to Kortec and Uniloy Milacron, single-layer PC containers could meet most of the part demands, except the ability to be a gas barrier. Kortec's coinjection molding development uses a nylon inner layer.
``The market continues its drive to convert glass to plastic in the medical market,'' said John Kermet, Kortec vice president of sales and marketing. ``Contamination due to glass breakage remains the No. 1 reason to switch.''
GE Plastics of Pittsfield, Mass., bought the first system to develop a specific PC/nylon container, but Kortec and Uniloy say the technology can be used to run barrier-layer bottles from a variety of resins, including PC, polypropylene, high density polyethylene and PET.
Systems are available with as many as 16 cavities, Kermet said.
Kortec is based in Ipswich. Uniloy Milacron is in Tecumseh, Mich.
Mold-Masters wins best company award
Georgetown, Ontario - Georgetown-based hot-runner maker Mold-Masters Ltd. was named Company of the Year as part of the Yves Landry Foundation's 2006 Awards of Excellence.
Organizers recognize individuals and businesses that best exemplify the vision of the late Yves Landry, who was chairman, president and chief executive officer of Chrysler Canada Ltd. from 1990-98. The award fosters a link between business, education and government, and promotes technology education and skills training to address upcoming shortages faced by industry in Canada.
Mold-Masters President Jonathon Fischer accepted the award.
Eastman Chemical sells Spanish plant
Kingsport, Tenn. - Eastman Chemical Co. has agreed to sell its PET resin plant in San Roque, Spain, to Spanish PET maker La Seda de Barcelona SA for an undisclosed price.
The two sides announced the deal Feb. 20. Officials with Kingsport-based Eastman had said in late January that they had decided to close the 140-employee San Roque plant because of failed labor negotiations with a local union. The plant has been closed since early January because of the dispute.
Profitability at the San Roque plant also has suffered in recent years because of the site's lack of feedstock integration. The plant can produce 385 million pounds of PET annually.
Barcelona, Spain-based La Seda is a public firm that posted sales of $350 million in 2005. The company employs about 700, and also produces synthetic fabrics and yarn as well as chemicals used in the pharmaceutical market.
The deal is subject to approval by Spanish authorities, but is expected to close in the second quarter.
Eastman ranks as the world's largest PET maker, with more than 3 billion pounds of annual capacity. In North America, the firm ranks second in estimated annual PET sales with a market share of 20 percent.
Mich. firm doubles room in new building
Brighton, Mich. - AIC Equipment & Controls Inc., a machinery sales representative, distributor and screw and barrel maker, will more than double its space by moving into a 15,000-square-foot building in Brighton.
In mid-February, AIC moved metalworking equipment from its 8,000-square-foot operation in Wixom, Mich., to nearby Brighton. In Wixom, the company was using a farmhouse and a pole barn, sales manager Mike Ervin said in a telephone interview.
The city of Brighton granted AIC a tax abatement that will help it purchase $400,000 in machine tools through 2008 and hire additional workers, according to Ervin.
The company currently employs 28.
Ervin said AIC's original business was making screws, barrels and components like customized screw tips and shut-off nozzles. AIC expanded into machinery sales. The firms's machinery lines include Nissei injection molding machines, Yushin robots, Cumberland granulators, Thermal Care chilling equipment, TEC conveyors and NBE material-handling equipment.
AIC also distributes products such as heater bands, thermocouples and sensors.
Service, sales focus of new training center
Norcross, Ga. - Injection press supplier Sumitomo Plastics Machinery LLC of Norcross has opened a training center in Corona, Calif., to support a growing customer base and increasing sales of its all-electric presses.
The 2,500-square-foot Corona facility of Sumitomo sales representative Integrated Plastics Machinery Inc. houses the center. It is near three airports, including Los Angeles International Airport.