Plastics News correspondent Michael Lauzon and staff reporter Nina Ying Sun compiled these briefs from the Plast-Ex show May 1-3 in Toronto.
Useon plans to open Toronto sales office
Nanjing Useon Extrusion Equipment Co. Ltd. will open a sales office in Toronto later this year.
Director Chen Zhiqiang said he came to Plast-Ex to investigate the North American market, where the company began to sell at the end of 2006.
The $8-million company started production in 2005. It claims to have delivered China's largest high density polyethylene sheet extrusion system - capable of making sheet up to 300 millimeters wide - in November.
Privately held Useon shares a 23,000-square-foot plant with its sister company Nanjing Guangda Chemical Equipment Co. Ltd. in Nanjing, also its headquarters. The city is the home to many extrusion equipment makers, including Coperion's China headquarters.
Useon ships 60 percent of its machinery to overseas markets including central and Western Europe. Chen said North America is a difficult market for plastic machinery but he sees many opportunities in Mexico.
Chinese firm to add two extrusion lines
Shanghai Weiheng Plastics Machine Co. Ltd., which launched its PVC sheet and vacuum formed packaging business just four months ago, plans to add two extrusion lines by next year.
The plastics packaging division, called Shanghai Lonhyu Plastic Co. Ltd., started production in January. The factory covers about 4 acres of land in a Shanghai suburb and employs 42.
Li Weiguo, chairman of the board and general manager, said the factory will convert 44,000-55,000 pounds per year. Most products are sold in the Chinese market, he said at Plast-Ex. He expects sales to reach 60 million yuan (US$7.8 million) this year.
Privately held Shanghai Weiheng, formerly Shanghai Hunan Light Industry Machinery Factory, changed its name and ownership at the end of 2002. Founded in 1958, the firm manufactures patented flow-mark-free rigid PVC sheet calender systems as well as conventional rubber and plastic extruders.
Shanghai Weiheng employs 106 and exports 10 percent of its machinery to Southeast Asia and Eastern Europe, Li said.
Plant to manufacture new precision molds
DC-Mould of Shenzhen, China, is opening two plants in Guangdong this month.
A first timer at Plast-Ex, the mold maker - which also does business as Dong Cheng Jing Gong Ltd. - will produce precision molds for exports to Europe at a 16,150-square-foot plant with about 40 employees, President Tony Zhang said. A second, 32,290-square-foot plant will injection mold cell-phone parts. Zhang said the larger plant will employ 100 in its first phase and, if ``business goes well,'' that head count could increase eventually to 400.
Zhang said the plants are scheduled to open in late May. Both facilities are leased.
DC-Mould currently runs a 43,000-square-foot plant in Shenzhen and a 4,300-square-foot plant in Shanghai and supplies original equipment manufacturers serving the automotive and electronics industries.
Concentrates maker expanding factory
Dongguan Jinfuliang Masterbatch and Plastic Materials Co. Ltd. is expanding its plant in Shunde, China, to meet growing market demand.
The concentrates maker and compounder is expanding the Shunde plant from 21,500 square feet to more than 107,600 square feet.
``We'll start production later this year or in 2008 at the latest,'' General Manager Wayne Li said. The company will add 40 employees at the site.
The Chinese domestic market represents 95 percent of its Jinfuliang's sales, but overseas sales are growing at a rate higher than 50 percent, according to the firm, based in Dongguan.
Standex shows latest embossing technology
Standex Engraving Group featured its new nonrepeating wood-grain embossing technology.
``Nonrepeating grain patterns are the trend now,'' said Al Hodge, Standex vice president of sales and marketing. After offering the technology for composites producers for several years, Sandston, Va.-based Standex now is promoting its use among vinyl siding, decking, fencing, wallboards and similar constructions. The Forever-Wood Grain patterns are applied by heated rolls either in-line or off-line downstream of a profile extrusion system.
Hodge said nonrepeating patterns are available in widths up to 60 inches. Both sides of a profile can be embossed. A basic roll system can cost less than $60,000.