Lyle Industries Inc. is gearing up its Beaverton, Mich., plant to undertake U.S. production for thermoforming equipment supplier Scope Machinery of Victoria, Australia.
The two companies signed a partnership deal a year ago in which Lyle represents Scope in the U.S. thermoforming market.
Scope is a small company that specializes in contact heat pressure formers. Its equipment is typically used for thin wall, non-plug-assist pack forming and is seen as complementary to Lyle's machines, which serve the medium-gauge market.
Lyle President Gary Sowden said his facility will manufacture Scope machinery under license and he expects initial customer interest to be in Scope's robotic stacking systems.
Speaking at Lyle's NPE2009 booth (N81057), Scope Managing Director Nick Mebberson said he likes Lyle's flexibility when it comes to manufacturing. Lyle has installed one stacking system already at a North American customer, but in the future the systems will not need to be shipped from Scope's facility in Australia.
Both firms hope to benefit from joint marketing around the world, not just in North America. For Lyle, this expectation is built on the success of another partnership with Gabler Thermoform GmbH & Co. of Lubeck, Germany, which it has represented in North America for 10 years.
Carsten StÃ¶ver, Gabler export manager, said the U.S. market has been one of the best for Gabler.
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