SCGM plans growth in Thailand, Malaysia
KULAI, MALAYSIA - Malaysian thermoformer SCGM Bhd. plans to build a factory in Thailand and expand its extrusion capacity in Malaysia, using some of the nearly 12.9 million Malaysian ringgits ($4.1 million) it raised from a February public offering.
The Kulai-based firm has contracts with customers including automobile makers and toy manufacturers in Thailand, and thinks the Thai plant eventually could be larger than its Malaysian operation, said marketing executive Andrew Lee Wee Teck.
He spoke during an April 15 interview at the China Import and Export Fair, also known as the Canton Fair, held in Guangzhou, China.
SCGM is a publicly traded holding company. Its manufacturing is done by its 100 percent-owned firm, Lee Soon Seng Plastic Industries Sdn Bhd. SCGM was established in 2007.
Lee Soon Seng employs more than 300 people in Malaysia, and has three extrusion lines and more than 30 thermoforming machines at its factory in Kulai.
The company still is deciding details of the Thai expansion, Lee said, but it told the Malaysian stock exchange in February that within 24 months it plans to invest 3.16 million ringgits ($1 million) to expand.
The investment will include five vacuum forming machines, a single-layer sheet extrusion machine for PP and high-impact polystyrene sheets, and several cutting machines.
Lee said the company has invested heavily in extrusion at its Malaysian factory in the past four years, putting in more than $3 million both to produce its own sheet in-house to save money, and to sell in the market.
He also said SCGM is the only firm in Malaysia supplying oriented polystyrene food packaging, which has been a growing market in the country.
The firm focuses on the electronics, medical and food-packaging markets.
Cavallero installs 610-ton Toyo press
PITTSFIELD, MASS. - Cavallero Plastics Inc. is planning to build bigger parts, adding a 610-ton Toyo SI-IV all-electric press to its lineup.
``We've had requests for bigger quotes on bigger parts, so we responded and made the plunge,'' President Dario Cavallero said.
The Pittsfield-based company added the press in early May.
The firm employs 90 at an 80,000-square-foot facility. It has 43 presses, ranging from 15 tons to 610. Previously, its largest press was 500 tons.
``We're a custom molder. We do a variety of things - anything from water filtration to construction fasteners,'' he said.
A lot of its work is for the electronic and appliance industries. Cavallero also sells spools and bobbins to the wire industry.
The company was founded in 1964.
Mexichem purchases maker of geotextiles
MEXICO CITY - PVC and specialty chemicals maker Mexichem SAB de CV of Mexico City said April 30 it has reached an agreement with Brazil's Fiberweb plc to buy Bidim Indústria e Comercio de NÃ¤o-Tecidos Ltda.
According to Mexico City-based Mexichem, Bidim is a leading manufacturer of unwoven products for geotextiles, located near São Paulo.
Its main markets are in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay - the four countries that make up the Mercosur free-trade region. Bidim employs 123 and had sales in 2007 of $33 million.
``With this acquisition, Mexichem becomes the leader in the unwoven geotextiles business in the Mercosur region and consolidates its position as the market leader in Latin America,'' Mexichem said in a news release. Mexichem already has geotextile operations in Colombia and Peru.
Mexichem said Bidim will be integrated into Mexichem's geosystems division, a unit created to manage the manufacturing of engineered products for the civil construction industry. Its portfolio includes products used for separating, filtering, draining, waterproofing and reinforcement, and for controlling erosion.
Schaffner relocating work into Hungary
LUTERBACH, SWITZERLAND - Electronic components manufacturer Schaffner Holding AG is moving its European volume output of electromagnetic-compatible and power products to Hungary.
As part of the Luterbach-based company's reorganization, aimed at boosting profitability, Schaffner is switching its main manufacturing from Buren, Germany, to a new plant in Kecskemet, Hungary, the firm said in a news release.
The Hungarian facility, which opened in mid-May and is run by subsidiary Schaffner EMV Hungary Kft., will ``substantially expand'' capacity in Kecskemet while boosting efficiency, the firm said.
Around 30 jobs at Buren will be transferred to Hungary, and the headcount at Luterbach will be reduced by 33-115. The cuts will be achieved partly through the nonrenewal of temporary employment contracts as well as by natural attrition. But there will be about 20 formal layoffs, Schaffner said.
Schaffner has other production sites in Lamphun, Thailand; Finland; and Shanghai.
Scitech aims to open Cleveland R&D site
GOIÃNIA, BRAZIL - Brazilian medical-device company Scitech Produtos Medicos Ltda. is taking steps to open a research and development center in Cleveland, with plastics-related operations starting by early 2009.
Melchiades Cunha, director of the GoiÃ¢nia-based company, said via e-mail that Scitech is selecting a site and R&D is to begin between November and January. Scitech plans to buy and start operating an extruder by February.
He said the firm, which makes medical devices for minimally invasive procedures, will hire as many as 18 people over three years. The company also uses injection molding, as well as secondary services like gluing and welding, in making its products.
Polymar automates foam tape process
LEOLA, PA. - Polymar's recently added custom robotic machinery will automate the firm's process of applying acrylic foam tape to attach injection molded parts onto automotive glass for Tier 2 automotive suppliers.
The custom injection molder in the past had hand-assembled the tapes to molded parts, such as locator and retention pins, or ratchet clips, General Manager John Wolf said.
That labor-intensive process meant that the 3M VHB tapes were cut to size, a release paper removed and one side of the tape adhered to the part. The part then was shipped to the automotive glass maker.
``This new machine will enable Polymar to assemble the tapes more productively, and at a lower cost,'' he said.
He added that the machine is being used to automate four different applications and could be used for more.
Polymar is a division of ASM Industries Inc. of Leola and a supplier to sister company Pacer, which makes pumps in Lancaster, Pa. Polymar has 68 employers working in a 33,000-square-foot facility in Leola. It has 21 injection molding presses, ranging from 28-500 tons. The company also does insert molding.
About 25 percent of its work is automotive, according to Wolf, who noted that the company makes Tier 2 parts for under-the-hood applications. It also serves a variety of industrial applications, for the fluid transfer and electric motor industries.
Sony European plant to up LCD TV capacity
TOKYO - The commitment of plastic parts suppliers that set up plants on the coattails of Sony Corp. in Slovakia has proved justified, as Sony revealed plans to double its capacity for liquid-crystal-display televisions there.
Sony Slovakia Spol sro said it will expand the capacity of its plant in Nitra, Slovakia, where it will make 14 million Bravia LCD TVs per year by the end of 2008, making it the company's biggest such facility worldwide.
The project also calls for Sony to increase the plant's workforce to 3,500 from 2,300 this year, it announced in late April.
Two plastic components suppliers that have set up production in Nitra in support of Sony are injection molder Ryoka Kogyo Co. Ltd. of Tokyo, and Seoul, South Korea-based molder Daidong Electronic Co. Ltd.
Ryoka Kogyo invested $9.8 million to establish its Ryoka Global Europe sro injection molding unit on a 1 million-square-foot site in Nitra. It launched its facility early in 2007, installing nine Mitsubishi injection presses with clamping forces of 650-1,450 tons. It also has part-painting facilities.
Ryoka Kogyo supplies Tokyo-based Sony with housings for TVs, as well as DVD and computer equipment. It also makes parts for Hitachi TVs, components for office equipment for Canon and Nisca, and medical devices for Nippon Becton Dickinson.
Daidong Electronics invested $6.3 million overall to set up its plant in Nitra. The company, which already has a molding unit in Havan, Hungary, with 20 presses, is set to launch its local operation when the unit is complete in June. It will employ 100.
Sony, which began LCD TV manufacturing in Slovakia at Trnava in April 2006, soon realized it had little space to expand there. In 2007, it built its Nitra technology center to meet the rapid rise in regional LCD TV demand. Sony has relocated Slovakian production there.
In addition to Nitra, Bravia TVs are made in Barcelona, Spain.
``Sales of Bravia are continuing to grow in double digits in many countries across Europe. It is crucial to strengthen our supply chain from engineering and production to distribution within Europe in order to meet growing demand,'' Sony Europe President Fujio Nishida said in a news release.
The firm also is building a logistics site that will open this fall to manage TV distribution. The site is next to the Nitra tech center, which will become the hub for Sony's pan-European TV business.