Perlos Corp. is joining forces with decorative technology company Serigraph Inc. of West Bend, Wis., to establish an in-mold labeling facility at Perlos' cell phone plant in Guangzhou, China.
Under a joint venture, Serigraph will set up its own plant within a plant there to print and form graphic IML parts for use by Perlos as it injection molds phone handset covers. The new facility is set to start by the end of 2007, Serigraph said.
``IML is a steadily growing handset technology, and this unique factory-in-factory concept will supply us with a very competitive manufacturing process,'' said Timo SeppÃ¤, Perlos' chief technology officer.
Serigraph, a global leader in screen and offset printing on plastics, will install the operation with its partner in China, S.E. Printing Ltd. of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The companies have agreed to consider copying the concept at other Perlos sites, according to the telecom and electronics component molder. The partners also have agreed to develop new IML applications for mobile devices. One key area for cooperation is the development of integrated phone covers, according to Vantaa, Finland-based Perlos.
Serigraph Chief Operating Officer Sean Torinus described the partnership as ``a major step forward for the decoration of mobile handsets.''
IML technology allows for flexible coating and decoration of products during molding. It is particularly suitable for printing pictures, text and logos, as well as producing imitation leather and wood effects.
Earlier, Perlos revealed it has completed talks successfully with buyers for production operations in Finland. It announced in March it was seeking buyers for three business lines there as part of a sweeping, groupwide reorganization to reverse Perlos' 2006 losses.
The group said it has saved a minimum of 56 jobs now that Finnish technical parts molder and mold maker Valukumpu Oy of Outokumpu, Finland, agreed to take over Perlos' special products and connectors business.