Toronto-based custom vinyl profile extruder Casement Ltd. has entered a joint support agreement with VAP Global Industries Inc. in a move designed to prevent supply disruptions.
Casement has 10 extrusion lines and an in-house die-making shop.
VAP, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, is certified by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and is part of ZhongWang Group. ZhongWang, based in Liaoyang, China, claims to be the largest Chinese extruder of PVC profiles, with more than 250 extrusion lines and 15,000 employees.
ZhongWang has more than $2 billion in assets in the United States, according to a Casement news release.
The deal gives Casement access to low-cost extrusions, said Clive Edwards, Casement sales manager, in a Dec. 20 telephone interview.
But the key element, he added, is that VAP will have insurance against supply interruption.
``That has always been a major concern of people who were buying offshore,'' Edwards said.
Casement now will carry dies identical to VAP's so that in case of an interruption, Casement can fill the void. Casement's smaller profiles will complement VAP's larger ones.
``We'll be handling all of the smaller product for their customers,'' Edwards said. ``For us, it gives us a virtual instant market to expand into.''
Casement already has some of the VAP duplicate dies in place and is cutting more, he said.