Linpac plans to close PVC film site in U.K.
KNOTTINGLY, ENGLAND - Packaging company Linpac Plastics plans to close a noncompetitive PVC shrink and stretch film production plant in northern England with the loss of 50 full-time jobs.
Knottingly-based Linpac Plastics blamed increased competition in a difficult and changing market for its planned closure of the Linpac Filmco facility in Sedgefield, England.
The company expects to close the plant by the end of June.
``This decision has been taken after an in-depth investigation into ongoing financial viability of the cling-film business, and in the light of increasing competition, volume capacity and prices in a very difficult market,'' the company said in a news release.
Sony move to Mexico spurs Kyowa layoffs
PITTSBURGH - Sony Electronics Inc. is moving its rear projection silicon crystal reflective display television assembly to Mexico, which is causing a ripple effect among its suppliers.
One supplier, injection molder Kyowa America Corp., has notified the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry that it will lay off 53 workers at its Waynesburg, Pa., facility by July 1. That's the same day that Sony has set layoffs of 600 workers at its Sony Technology Center in Pittsburgh. Kyowa officials in Waynesburg and at its corporate center in Westminster, Calif., did not return phone calls.
A Sony spokesman said its manufacturing shift is having an impact on suppliers like Kyowa.
``The whole trend in the marketplace is larger and larger-sized TVs and certainly there's been a shift to [liquid crystal display] TVs,'' said Michael Koff, senior manager for corporate communications at Sony.
The television industry also is adjusting to the deadline of Feb. 17, 2009, which was set by the Federal Communications Commission as the day that digital will replace analog as the accepted broadcast method.
Consolidation triples R&D Molders capacity
AUSTIN, TEXAS - Custom molder R&D Molders Inc. is tripling its capacity this month by moving both its main and satellite facilities into one new location.
The private company, which does blow molding and injection molding, is combining all of its operations in a 60,000-square-foot building in Georgetown, Texas.
``It is a big move for us,'' said Greg Brown Jr., R&D Molders business development director, in a May 10 telephone interview.
He said that they had just finished moving the equipment from a 5,000-square-foot satellite operation in Lockhart, Texas, to Georgetown. The next step occurs during the week of May 21 when they move out of the 15,000-square-foot main plant in Austin.
``We should be moved in by the end of the month. It's about 20 miles north of [Austin]. It was a building that was built in the late 1980s for injection molding and that's all that has been in it. It's a good fit for us,'' said Brown.
He said that the new building is air conditioned and the firm has plenty of room to grow its production area. It also has separate office space, a tooling area and an assembly room.
Brown said that R&D gained some extra work last year that forced it to look for more space. They are planning to add both a blow molding machine and a 400- or 500-ton injection press by the end of the year.
The company currently has 13 blow molding machines and five injection molding machines. It employs 48.
The company was founded in 1974 by Brown's grandfather, W. Cavett Brown, to mold canteens for the government and later for firefighters. The company remains in the family with Greg Brown Sr., the current owner.
Brown Jr. said that the company has evolved since its start and has grown to serve about 150 customers. He said that it does have a diverse base, making products as varied as industrial containers, medical bottles, as well as products for sporting goods and electronics.
French auto supplier sets up S. Korea JV
NANTERRE, FRANCE - French auto supplier Faurecia SA has set up a joint venture in South Korea to make plastic instrument panels, door panels and center consoles for the Renault Samsung Motors plant in Pusan.
Faurecia, based in Nanterre, will own 61 percent of Faurecia Shinsung Co. Ltd., in partnership with Korean firm Shinsung Delta Tech Co. Ltd. The venture will be in Masan City, and production is expected to start in early 2009.
Faurecia, Europe's second-largest automotive supplier and the ninth-largest worldwide, said the plant would strengthen its position in interior products in Asia. The company is the second-largest maker of exhaust systems in Korea, and had sales of 280 million euros (US$352 million) in the country in 2006.
Shinsung, based in Changwon, makes plastic auto parts and household equipment, and had 2006 sales of nearly 125 billion Korean won (US$132 million).