A plastic gear specialist and an injection molding expert have formed an alliance to supply original equipment manufacturers.
GW Plastics Inc. and ABA-PGT Inc. will work together on gear systems and integrated motion-transfer systems around the world, the two companies announced July 2. The alliance will serve automotive, office equipment, appliance, health-care and other markets.
The two firms occasionally collaborated in the past but wanted a more formal arrangement, said Larry Bell, GW Plastics vice president of advanced markets, in a telephone interview.
GW Plastics has done gear development but also has broad experience in technical molding. Bell said in addition to gears, some jobs the alliance might land could entail molding peripheral components, a specialty of Bethel, Vt.-based GW Plastics.
About 90 percent of ABA-PGT's sales relate to gears and similar devices such as pulleys, said Mark Thompson, director of business development. The Manchester, Conn., company, founded in 1944 as a mold builder, has focused on gears for most of its life and added injection molding in 1969.
``Our customers have asked us to provide them with a greater level of support as they have established manufacturing locations around the world,'' ABA-PGT President Richard Wheeler said in a news release.
The alliance combines three facilities in the United States and China that employ more than 100 mold makers. The partnership offers six U.S. injection molding operations and one each in Mexico and China, with a total of more than 200 injection presses. GW Plastics is the bigger of the partners, with six plants and 2006 North American sales of $67.4 million. ABA-PGT's sales are running about $20 million per year.
GW Plastics is expanding its Queretaro, Mexico, plant to meet growing medical market needs. Earlier this year it bought control of a mold maker in Dongguan City, China. Its other plants are in Bethel and Royalton, Vt.; Tucson, Ariz.; and San Antonio. The business was founded in 1955.
Besides its recently expanded Manchester head office plant, ABA-PGT said it has a highly automated facility in Vernon, Conn.
Typical applications for the alliance include window lift controls for vehicles, drug-delivery systems and hospital equipment for the medical industry, irrigation systems and office equipment.