2009 has been a busy year at Amco Plastic Materials Inc.
The Farmingdale, N.Y.-based resin distributor and compounder is getting results from its anti-counterfeiting technology, while adding sales reps and increasing its compounding capacity, President Gary Metzger said June 25 at NPE2009.
The anti-counterfeiting technology allows data to be tracked through tamper-evident packaging seals or other forms of plastic, paper or metal. In 2007, the system was used on more than 1 million tickets at the FIFA Women's World Cup soccer tournament.
Recent interest has come from the medical and agricultural fields, Metzger said. This technology can be used anywhere you've got liability and accountability, he said.
Amco is adding at least four reps this year to handle its distribution lineup of more than a dozen resin suppliers, additives makers and compounders. The most recent additions to that lineup are calcium carbonate additives from Heritage Plastics and silicone products from Dow Corning.
Earlier this year, Amco added a new twin-screw extrusion line, and Metzger said the firm will add another in the next six months. Amco now has 12 extrusion lines at its 80,000-square-foot site in Farmingdale, split between single- and twin-screw technology.
By the end of the year, Amco also will commercialize its first bio-based product in the form of compounds based on agricultural waste materials.
Amco's name has been heard recently as engineering resin makers Sabic Innovative Plastics US LLC, Bayer Corp. and BASF Corp. shifted distribution alliances. Amco has distributed material for Bayer since the 1970s and for BASF since the early 1980s, Metzger said.
More recently, he said, he has seen some improvement in the challenging 2009 market. We saw the impact of the slowdown, but we have a lot of repeat business and are [specified] into a lot of applications, Metzger added.
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