TraFfix to blow mold products in-house
SAN CLEMENTE, CALIF. Highway safety equipment maker TraFfix Devices Inc. is bringing its blow molding in-house, adding one production line at its Fairfield, Iowa, plant this spring and a second one in the fall.
TraFfix, based in San Clemente, previously had assembly, warehousing and shipping at Fairfield and contracted with an outside blow molder. But the company saw its business increasing and decided to invest in its own production, General Manager John Oleson said in a Feb. 17 telephone interview.
Both lines will use Graham Engineering Corp. blow molding machines, L-R Systems for material-handling operations and process cooling from Green Box America Inc. for coolers and chillers for high-efficiency, low-energy cooling.
TraFfix will launch production of its Channelizer Drum traffic safety barrel, Oleson said, and expects to add six to eight employees with the first line in April. The firm will add more workers once the second line is installed in September or October.
Other items will go into production at the site once the second line is ready.
TraFfix currently employs 28 in Fairfield in an 80,000-square-foot facility.
Bonset buys Mitsubishi shrink film biz
BROWNS SUMMIT, N.C. Bonset America Corp of Browns Summit on Jan. 29 acquired the Fusion co-polyester shrink film business of Mitsubishi Polyester Film Inc. of Greer, S.C.
According to a news release, the acquisition will make Bonset better able to offer high-quality heat-shrinkable films with high production efficiency and quality.
In Plastics News' most recent ranking, Bonset was 82nd among North American film and sheet manufacturers, with an estimated $56 million in sales in 2008. For 2009, Mitsubishi Polyester Film has estimated sales of $225 million.
Bonset is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based C.I. Kasei Co. Ltd. a leading Japanese manufacturer of plastic formed products including heat-shrinkable film, packaging materials, and decorative and agricultural film. Bonset's heat-shrinkable films include PVC, glycol-modified PET and biaxially oriented polystyrene.
Mitsubishi Polyester Film is a U.S. division of Mitsubishi Plastics Inc. of Tokyo. It offers an array of polyester films for markets such as industrial labels and liners, energy and electronics.
Mitsubishi Plastics makes high-performance products including functional films, electronics materials, and industrial and construction materials.
3D Systems acquires Moeller Design
ROCK HILL, S.C. 3D Systems Corp. has acquired the assets of Moeller Design & Development Inc., a provider of casting services and prototyping for aerospace, medical-device and mechanical computer-aided-design prototypes.
Terms were not disclosed. Moeller, based in Seattle, operates one of the largest proprietary polyurethane cast production facilities in North America, according to 3D Systems.
Moeller makes low-volume production-quality parts and prototypes. Moeller also is a leading manufacturer of QuickCast precision casting patterns a proprietary process developed by 3D Systems.
The QuickCast process uses stereolithography as an alternative to traditional wax patters for casting complex parts.
3D Systems, of Rock Hill, offers three-dimensional printing, rapid prototyping and manufacturing systems and parts.
Dave Moeller, owner of Moeller Design, has joined 3D Systems as general manager of its 3Dproparts premium services division, and he will continue to be based on the West Coast.
Keller Crescent buys Puerto Rican firm
GREENSBORO, N.C. Keller Crescent Co. Inc., a subsidiary of international packaging firm Clondalkin Group Holdings Ltd., has acquired label maker Lehigh Press in Juncos, Puerto Rico. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Keller Crescent CEO Bill Mitchell said the Lehigh plant makes labels, inserts and outserts, which will complement Keller Crescent's existing Vega Alta, Puerto Rico, carton plant.
Greensboro-based Keller Crescent supplies printed pharmaceutical folding cartons, inserts and outserts, pharmaceutical labels, patient booklets, IV hanger labels, and specialty products to the pharmaceutical and health-care markets.
Clondalkin, of Amsterdam, has annual sales of $1.2 billion.
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