Inkcups adds space to its headquarters
DAVERS, MASS. - Inkcups Now Corp. has doubled the manufacturing and office space at its headquarters in Danvers and opened a distribution center in Toronto, to handle its pad printing and screen printing supplies.
In Danvers, Inkcups Now took over another floor in its building, doubling space to 12,000 square feet. The new space has allowed the company to add several silicon mixing stations, plate punching and laser etching machines, as well as double the area for ink storage.
In product news, Inkcups Now offers Internet-based technical support, including online demonstrations, problem solving and training.
PPI gets larger site as business grows
LATROBE, PA. - Polyurethane Process Industries LLC has moved to a larger building in Latrobe from Greensburg, Pa. The company sells parts and repair services, plus new high-pressure metering machines, mixheads, chemical pumps and hydraulic systems used on polyurethane foam processing.
Demand for PPI's products and services has increased steadily since it started operations in Greensburg in 2004, according to Mark Clark, founder and general manager.
``We definitely outgrew our space in Greensburg,'' he said. ``The new facility in Latrobe provides more room for equipment repairs and manufacturing, as well as a larger warehouse for our growing parts inventory and a display area for our new equipment offerings.''
PPI began operations in January at its new plant in Latrobe's Unity Industrial Commons. The address is 410 Unity St., Suite 820, Latrobe, Pa. 15650.
In other news, PPI now is the exclusive U.S. distributor of PU foam equipment made by OMS Group of Milan, Italy. PPI will continue to provide parts and repairs for equipment made by other manufacturers.
MHI names reps for Midwest, Northeast
BENSENVILLE, ILL. - MHI Injection Molding Machinery Inc., which sells Mitsubishi presses, has named two new sales representative firms: Fisher Sales Corp. of St. Charles, Ill., and D&A Associates of Blackstone, Mass.
Fisher Sales has exclusive coverage for Mitsubishi injection molding machines throughout eight Midwestern states: Indiana, western Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska.
Along with Mitsubishi sales, Fisher also will provide training services for customers, at its training center, which has classroom, computer and hands-on training on molding machines.
Fisher Sales, in a news release announcing the agreement with Mitsubishi, said Fisher is ending its 29-year relationship with Engel Machinery Inc. ``We want to make it clear to our Engel customers that we will continue to support them,'' President Jim Fisher said.
D&A Associates, with offices in Blackstone and Berlin, Conn., is covering the six New England states. D&A is a former manufacturers' representative for Demag Plastics Group.
MHI is based in Bensenville.
Cannon & ESCO sign distribution contract
CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA. - Cannon USA Inc. and Edge-Sweets Co. have signed an agreement to distribute each other's products within the United States and Canada.
Cannon USA will market and sell Grand Rapids, Mich.-based ESCO's line of low-pressure dosing machines, for use as dispensing elastomer and filled formulations, as well as dedicated storage plants for polyurethane chemicals. Cannon USA of Cranberry Township is the U.S. subsidiary of Italy's Cannon Group.
ESCO will sell Cannon's line of high-pressure metering and mixing equipment, and promote Cannon's solutions for automotive, appliance and insulation markets.
Maplan takes home SPI prize for safety
WASHINGTON - The Society of the Plastics Industry Inc. has awarded a Merit Safety Award to American Maplan Corp., which manufactures extruders in McPherson, Kan.
Maplan has been honored by SPI's Occupational Health and Environmental Issues Committee for its days of restricted work activity or job transfer, known as DART. The rate is well below the national average, and Maplan also has achieved a 20 percent drop from the year before.
According to the Washington-based SPI, the national data covering 257 work sites and 33,885 employees, is a DART rate of 2.33 lost workday cases per 200,000 employee hours worked. The incidence rate was 4.19 work-related injuries and illnesses per 200,000 hours worked. The severity rate was 69.06 lost workdays.
Maplan reports a DART rate of 1.31, an incidence rate of 2.61 and a severity rate of 35.25.
Reduction to market Econ's pelletizers
KENT, OHIO - Reduction Engineering Inc. signed an agreement with Austria-based Econ GmbH to provide sales and support to Econ's customers in North, Central and South America - and an American manufacturing base.
Reduction Engineering, which makes pelletizers in Kent, is completing a new $3.5 million headquarters building.
Econ President Gerhard Hehenberber said Reduction's long experience in pelletizers motivated him to make the agreement. ``The company's knowledge of the market for such equipment and its understanding of the customer needs make it an ideal partner for bringing our unique pelletizer technology to the Americas,'' he said.
The patented Econ system saves energy and eliminates die-hole freezing, according to the company in Weisskirchen/Traun, Austria. It thermally isolates the die plate from the die head. Energy savings can be as great as 95 percent, according to Chris Case, Reduction Engineering's sales manager.
Another innovation: a built-in treatment and recirculating system for process water that eliminates the need for the water-bypass needed in conventional pelletizers. The systems separates pellets and process water and, while the pellets are dried, filters the water and returns it for reuse.
Schenck trades hands between equity firms
DARMSTADT, GERMANY - Ownership has changed for Schenck Process GmbH, parent company of Schenck AccuRate Inc., the supplier of bulk solids metering equipment.
The new owner is Industri Kapital Ltd., a London-based private equipment firm that specializes in mid-sized European companies. Industri Kapital bought Schenck Process, headquartered in Darmstadt, from HgCapital, another London-based private equity company.
Schenck Process has overall sales of $470 million a year, and employs about 1,800 people. It specializes in equipment for industrial weighing, feeding, screening and automation.
Schenck AccuRate is based in Whitewater, Mich. Its brands include Mechatron volumetric and gravimetric screw feeders, PureFeed feeders, DEA and DMO weighfeeders and the SacMaster bulk-bag-discharging system.
Schenck AccuRate also announced users now can change parameters on its equipment wirelessly, using Bluetooth technology.
In other news, Schenck Process earned the Frost & Sullivan 2007 European Growth Strategy Leadership Award earlier this year.
Malvern Instruments moves US head office
WESTBOROUGH, MASS. - Malvern Instruments Ltd. has relocated its U.S. headquarters to Westborough. Also, its Analytical Imaging group relocated to a new building in Columbia, Md., where Malvern has established a center of excellence for chemical and morphological imaging.
Malvern is based in Malvern, the United Kingdom. The company makes equipment for analyzing wide range of materials, from bulk powders to the latest nanomaterials and macromolecules.
Sumitomo expanding Chinese LCP capacity
TOKYO - Sumitomo Chemical Co. Ltd. of Tokyo is expanding its liquid crystal polymer capacity in China.
The company's wholly owned subsidiary, Sumika Electronic Materials (Wuxi) Co. Ltd., is constructing a new plant and expects start production of neat resin and compounds in September 2009, according to Shanghai-based sales manager Qiu Xiaofeng.
The new facility in Wuxi, China, will be able to make 3.9 million pounds of LCP neat resin and 5.29 million pounds of compounds.
Sumitomo Chemical currently makes LCP resin at its Ehime Works location. Its majority-owned joint venture Taoka Chemical Co. Ltd. of Osaka, Japan, which supplies neat LCP resin to Sumitomo Chemical under contract, also is beefing up production. It aims to have a 4.8 million pound annual capacity by the end of this year.
Once these expansions are completed, Sumitomo Chemical will have a total capacity of 20.2 million pounds of LCP neat resin, which converts to about 30.8 million pounds of compounds, the company said. That is the equivalent of 30 percent of the projected 2009 global demand, according to company estimates.
The new facility in Wuxi will have 33,640 square feet of manufacturing space and employ about 100, Qiu said. Products will mainly serve the Chinese domestic market with some export to Southeast Asia.
``Demand for LCP is seeing high growth for connectors used in laptop computers and mobile phones. With demand for lighter weight and miniaturization, LCP is increasingly replacing plastics that have conventionally been used,'' Sumitomo Chemical said in a news release.