KlÃ¶ckner Pentaplast invests in UK, US
MONTABAUR, GERMANY KlÃ¶ckner Pentaplast Group is investing $4.4 million in a new PET rigid film line at its Crumlin, Wales, plant, and upgrading a film extrusion line in West Virginia.
Montabaur-based KlÃ¶ckner Pentaplast acquired the Crumlin plant in 2003. It had belonged to former United Kingdom packaging maker G-Plas.
The investment will be supported by the Welsh Assembly Government and includes an expansion of the existing building.
KlÃ¶ckner Pentaplast only described the extrusion line in Crumlin as state of the art, and said it will produce high-performance polyester films. The line is expected to start production in late 2009.
Hans-Joachim Kogelnik, president and CEO of KlÃ¶ckner Pentaplast/Europe, said the new capacity will enhance the firm's ability to serve food-industry customers and also allow it to increase product development.
In a separate announcement, KlÃ¶ckner Pentaplast said it will invest $374,000 to upgrade barrier blown film production at its Beaver, W.Va., site.
Lawrence adding press from Cadence
ORION TOWNSHIP, MICH. Lawrence Plastics Inc. is boosting capacity by adding equipment purchased from Cadence Innovation LLC.
The Orion Township-based injection molder purchased a 2006 Van Dorn Demag press in a pre-auction agreement with the current asset holders. Branford Group of Branford, Conn., is scheduled to auction the remaining assets of Cadence Innovation, located in Chesterfield Township, Mich., on July 22. Both townships are southwest of Detroit.
Lawrence Plastics President Matthew Cotter said the company is looking into purchasing more Cadence equipment.
We have an increase in capacity and an increase in non-automotive business, Cotter said, including expanding work from agricultural machinery customers.
Lawrence Plastics manufactures decorative and functional assemblies for original equipment manufacturers, Tier 1 suppliers, military, consumer and agricultural customers.
Norplex-Micarta takes on $1.8M upgrade
POSTVILLE, IOWA Norplex-Micarta, a maker of laminate sheet and other high-performance thermoset composites, recently completed a 3,500-square-foot expansion of its customer service and shipping center.
The expansion is part of a $1.8 million expansion aimed at improving efficiency and productivity.
Postville-based Norplex-Micarta has seen a dramatic increase in the volume of business, according to Alan Johnson, business development director.
It had gotten to the point where on Thursdays and Fridays we didn't have room to load the trucks, Johnson said. The company's shipping area increased by 50 percent and allows for more staging of customer shipments.
The $1.8 million expansion also includes new equipment to boost production capacity, and office renovations.
Norplex-Micarta makes specialty sheet, prepreg, rods, molded shapes and tubes.
Greif signs deal with China IBC company
DELAWARE, OHIO U.S. industrial packaging firm Greif Inc. has acquired exclusive global rights to market and sell intermediate bulk containers made by China's Zibo Jielin Plastic Pipe Manufacture Co. Ltd.
In a June 5 news release, the firms said they will work together on product development, manufacturing, marketing, distribution, sales and customer service. A Greif spokeswoman declined additional comment.
Eugene Wu, Greif's president for the Asia-Pacific region, said the deal combines Jielin's high-quality IBCs with Greif's extensive global sales and marketing channels in industrial packaging, according to the news release. Greif is based in Delaware.
Jielin officials declined to comment further. However, they said in the release that the deal is a significant milestone in their firm's development in the global market. Zibo, China-based Jielin makes 260- and 325-gallon IBCs, along with plastic drums and a variety of plastic pipes. The company claims to be a leading maker of IBCs in China.