Cyclics Corp. has expanded resin capacity in New York and Germany to handle demand for its Formlite-brand rod and sheet products.
In October, Schenectady, N.Y.-based Cyclics installed a pair of new mixers at its plant in Schwarzheide, Germany, and one new mixer at Schenectady. The result has been a tenfold increase in production of the grade of CBT-brand polybutylene terephthalate that is used in Formlite.
Formlite primarily is used in tooling block for the plug-assist thermoforming market, making high-clarity finished parts such as fruit containers and pharmaceutical blister packs, officials said. Formlite also can operate at higher temperatures than competing materials such as aluminum, they added, and can be used with polypropylene, PET and oriented polystyrene.
``Thermoformers are constantly being called upon by their customers to develop higher-quality packaging,'' engineered products leader Nathan Doyle said. ``As a plug-assist material, Formlite is proven to help produce the clarity they need in finished parts.''
Formlite offers a smoother finish for higher-quality plugs and easy machinability with little or no dust creation, according to company officials.
Standard rod lengths for Formlite are 24 inches, with diameters ranging from 2-5 inches. Standard Formlite sheet sizes are 24 inches by 24 inches, with thicknesses of between 1 and 4 inches.
Cyclics plans to introduce additional new products for the thermoforming and tooling markets. The firm, which employs 100, was formed in 1999 when investors purchased material technology from GE Plastics.