PTFE cover to cap Australian stadium
QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA A state-of-the-art tennis center being built in Brisbane, in the Australian state of Queensland, will be covered by a massive ultraviolet light resistant polytetrafluoroethylene cover.
The A$77 million (US$47.5 million) Tennyson State Tennis Center, due for completion in December, will hold 5,500 spectators in the main stadium and up to 10,000 more in the rest of the complex. Tennis Queensland event operations manager Cassie Keith said the complex will meet all International Tennis Federation standards and host some of Australia's premier tennis events, including forerunner events for the Australian Open, hosted annually in Melbourne.
Keith said the PTFE used to cover the main stadium and two exterior show courts is supplied by two Australian architectural fabric companies, Taiyo Membrane Corp., headquartered in Brisbane, and UFS Australasia Pty. Ltd., headquartered in Kingscliff, New South Wales.
UFS Australasia director David Gullis said using PTFE for the cover was slightly unusual as many other event and tennis centers used PVC covers. UFS has previously provided PVC covers for other tennis facilities, including a large complex called the ``Mpowerdome,'' which opened July 2006 in Canberra.
``Tennis Queensland specifically asked for PTFE in its designs for the [Tennyson] center. You get better longevity out of PTFE, it's self-cleaning and its translucency is higher,'' Gullis said. The cover will be treated to ensure it can handle Queensland's high UV conditions, he said.
JV to produce blocks at Saudi Arabia plant
RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA Polyurethane building block maker American Insulock Inc. has formed a joint venture with two partners to manufacture Insulock blocks at a new plant in Riyadh.
American Insulock, based in Burnaby, British Columbia, has partnered with urethane manufacturer PolyLink Corp., a subsidiary of Woodbridge Group in Mississauga, Ontario, and Al-Mobty Co., a construction company based in Khamis Mushayt, Saudi Arabia.
``When this management team identified the international opportunities and the significant demand in the Middle East/Persian Gulf region, we set a goal of being the major manufacturer and supplier of sustainable building material products for the region. This is the first step to achieving that goal,'' Joel Borovay, American Insulock's chief executive officer, said in a news release.
GF Piping expanding its Swiss production
SCHAFFHAUSEN, SWITZERLAND GF Piping Systems, part of the Swiss Georg Fischer AG, is investing 7 million Swiss francs (US$6.4 million) to expand the production capacity at its plant in Schaffhausen.
The investment is being made to ``meet the steep rise in demand'' and to improve customer service through better product availability and prompt shipments, the group said in a news release.
GF Piping Systems will introduce full automation for the production of plastic fittings and accessories, chiefly used in the utility and industrial pipe applications, the release said.
GF Piping Systems expects to have the new production lines fully operational by June.
The company also is investing in expanding its Schaffhausen distribution center and improving efficiency. Increased demand has meant the firm has had to rent additional storage away from the plant, complicating the logistics process and bumping up its costs.
GF Piping Systems plans to add an automatic high-bay warehouse for storage of an extra 15,000 pallets, an extension of the shipment-handling area and additional capacity to store pipes and large-sized fittings at Schaffhausen.
Work on the center expansion, costing around $13 million, will begin in July and be complete by early 2010, the group said.
KMT routing system reduces trim time
WAREHAM, MASS. Component car kit maker Factory Five Racing Inc. recently installed a KMT Robotic Solutions routing system to reduce its trim time by more than 95 percent.
The Wareham company had formerly trimmed its fiberglass and plastic reinforced kit car panels by hand, using routers and trim fixtures. The process took 7½ hours, but that's been cut to 24 minutes with the new system.
KMT's fully enclosed robotic router system can trim seven unique parts for Factory Five. It features a rail-mounted M-710iB Fanuc robot, along with a fixture cart equipped with an encoded identity tag that provides the right trimming program. The interchangeable router bits are powered by a 7-kilowatt electric spindle.
Factory Five makes automobile and hot rod kits.
KMT Robotic Solutions was formed in December 2006 through the union of KMT Cutting Systems in Ronneby, Sweden, and Robotic Production Technology in Auburn Hills, Mich.
Garlock's new facility to make PTFE gaskets
PALMYRA, N.Y. Garlock Sealing Technologies LLC recently completed construction of a facility for producing its trademarked Gylon restructured polytetrafluroethylene industrial gasket products.
The Palmyra facility was started in August 2007 and is the second phase of a five-year, $30 million modernization program for Garlock's 100-year-old industrial complex. It features new capital equipment as well as a closed-loop recovery system that recycles and reuses process solvents and eliminates volatile organic compound emissions.
Garlock's new plant also has a closed-loop water system, water-cooled chillers with ultrasonic humidification as well as reflective rooms and insulated exterior wall panels.
The new PTFE facility will be used to consolidate all shipping-and-receiving activity for the company's Palmyra operations.
Garlock, a unit of Charlotte, N.C.-based EnPro Industries Inc., makes high-performance fluid-sealing products that include compression packing, hydraulic components, metal gaskets, metal seals and flange gaskets and expansion joints. It operates 12 manufacturing facilities worldwide.
Fence makers align to share products
JACKSONVILLE, FLA. Jacksonville-based vinyl fence and railing manufacturer Enduris has formed an alliance with Howell, Mich.-based aluminum fence, rail and gate maker Ultra Aluminum Manufacturing Inc. that will allow the two companies to offer each other's products.
The companies expect the deal to produce efficiencies on shipping and could lead fencing distributors that carry one of the companies' products to add the other's.
``It's going to broaden both of our product lines,'' John Polidan, president and chief executive officer of Enduris, said in an Oct. 21 telephone interview. ``It's not a financial partnership, but we think we can be stronger together than we are independently.''
Both companies, which have nationwide distribution, will retain their original branding, Polidan said.