Ampacet Corp. opened its first plant in China in May and will add plants in Brazil and India by the end of 2010.
The Shanghai plant employs 12 and will operate at least two twin-screw extrusion lines producing color concentrates, President and CEO Robert DeFalco said in a recent telephone interview.
The site also will serve as a distribution point and will include testing equipment such as a multilayer blow molding line. Previously, Tarrytown, N.Y.-based Ampacet had served its Asian customers from a plant in Thailand.
In Brazil, Ampacet expects to open a plant making black concentrates in CamaÃ§ari in the third quarter of 2010, according to the company. The plant will have annual capacity of more than 20 million pounds and won't be far from another Ampacet plant in CamaÃ§ari that makes white concentrates. The new Brazilian plant will be Ampacet's fifth in South America.
In India, Ampacet plans to open a plant to make white and additive concentrates in Pune in the fourth quarter of 2010. By 2013, the new plant should be operating three twin-screw lines with annual capacity of more than 30 million pounds.
When the expansions are complete, Ampacet will have 20 plants worldwide. The firm closed a small plant in Vancouver, British Columbia, earlier this year, moving work from that plant to one in Kitchener, Ontario.
Around the world, we're re-evaluating our mission in some areas, DeFalco said. Instead of full commodities, we're doing more in color and additives. We're investing in new equipment and new facilities.
Ampacet employs 1,600 globally, with annual sales of $750 million and almost 900 million pounds of concentrate capacity. The privately held firm ranks as one of North America's largest makers of color and additive concentrates.
Ampacet's history dates to 1937, when American Molding Powder & Chemical Corp. was opened in a New York warehouse. One of the firm's early business efforts was recycling acetate used in nylon stockings. Some of that material then was used to make parachutes for U.S. paratroopers.
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