Singapore officials take on packaging
SINGAPORE - Singapore Environment and Water Resources Minister Yaacob Ibrahim has expressed concern about excessive packaging - and a new government panel is preparing to deal with the issue.
``It is not uncommon these days to come across packaging that is much more in volume and weight than the product itself, especially when the product is small in size and high in cost,'' he said.
Yaacob said excessive packaging uses energy and other resources unnecessarily and results in more waste.
He said Singapore authorities have consulted with manufacturers and decided on a ``voluntary, flexible and self-regulatory approach'' to handle packaging waste.
``Although Singapore does not have a pressing waste-disposal problem today, we may have to deal with this issue some day if we continue to throw away more waste every day,'' he said, noting that each Singaporean disposed of about 220 pounds of packaging waste last year.
Singapore's National Environment Agency on June 5 received a task force report spelling out objectives and targets for the next five years. Starting July 1, a governing board will oversee implementation of the agreement, Yaacob said.
Hitco Carbon buys automated systems
GARDENA, CALIF. - Hitco Carbon Composites Inc. of Gardena has ordered two automated systems in positioning itself to support commercial aviation programs such as Boeing Co.'s 787.
Hitco placed the orders with Mag Cincinnati of Hebron, Ky., for a two-station-configured Viper 6000 fiber placement system for automated in-the-round layup of carbon-and-epoxy composite structures, and an advanced Charger automated tape layer for automated layup of less-contoured structures and shapes, such as aircraft wings and tails. Deliveries are slated for this year and in 2008.
Hitco, a unit of SGL Group, is a Tier 2 aerospace and defense manufacturer. Machine manufacturer Mag Cincinnati is a business of Mag Industrial Automation Systems.
Pro Seal to construct additional building
FORT WAYNE, IND. - Pro Seal & Plastics LLC, a distributor of seal, gasket and wear-ring products, plans to construct a 20,500-square-foot facility as part of a $1.39 million expansion project.
The new facility is scheduled to open in December, the company said in a news release. Pro Seal currently leases a building in Fort Wayne, but is looking to add research and development, logistics and information technology equipment.
The expansion ``will enable Pro Seal & Plastics to continue its historic 22-28 percent year-over-year growth,'' said General Manager Jay Witte in the release.
The company does not do any of its own plastics processing. Pro Seal was founded in 2000 and provides kit and subassembly components to original equipment manufacturers. It is an aftermarket supplier to industrial, construction and commercial markets. The company's engineers also do design work and help with material selection and product specifications.
Pro Seal employs 12 and plans to add four workers during the expansion.
British molder BNL acquires Cobb Slater
KNARESBOROUGH, ENGLAND - BNL UK Ltd. is boosting its injection molding capacity with the purchase of Cobb Slater Ltd. of Darley Dale, England.
The addition increases BNL's product range and services, particularly to the bath and shower market, said Terry Holmes, BNL vice president of global sales, in a news release. Both companies make plastic bearings and assemblies.
The deal was announced April 4, and Cobb Slater's operations were transferred to BNL's Knaresborough headquarters May 18. Cobb Slater's Darley Dale site closed June 15; it had employed 55.
Cobb Slater made plastic rolling element bearings and assemblies, custom molding and security products for domestic electricity supplies.
BNL offers plastic bearings with properties such as anti-static, low friction, corrosion and chemical resistance, reduced weight and inertia, and no need for lubricant, which allows it to replace steel bearings. It serves the business-machine, water and leisure, electrical and automotive markets.
``The addition of the Cobb Slater portfolio gives us additional traction in key industries and allows us to expand our footprint and increase our production capacity,'' Holmes said.
BNL operates sales units in Foxboro, Mass., and Tokyo.