Nypro explores options for Hungary plant
CLINTON, MASS. A spokesman for precision injection molder Nypro Inc. said the Clinton company is exploring several options to keep its plant in Nagyigmand, Hungary, open.
A definitive decision to shut down production has not been made at this time, Nypro spokesman Al Cotton said Aug. 12. A wire service report had said that the plant, which employs less than 60 people, would close at the end of August.
Cotton said demand has gone down in Europe for consumer electronics, packaging and health-care products that are made at Nypro's plant in Hungary.
We have been going through a process of downsizing our Hungarian operations for some time based on business demand, he said.
Cotton noted that Nypro continues to expand its European operations, and has plans to add new capacity in Europe in the near term beyond the additions it made earlier this year.
Continental shifting production to Ind.
TROY, MICH. Continental Structural Plastics Inc. is shutting down an Ohio auto parts composite molding plant and investing $9 million in a new plant in Indiana.
The Troy-based company did not cite a specific reason for its decision to close production in North Baltimore, Ohio, in October, but in June local officials there said that they were working with the company to try to revise a permit issue with the federal Environmental Protection Agency that CSP said was costing it an estimated $30,000 to $50,000 per month.
Federal rules required the company to run specific emissions equipment because it was on site at North Baltimore, even though CSP could meet emission-quality standards without it, state officials said.
The company notified the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services on Aug. 6 that it will close North Baltimore on or about Oct. 11. The site employs about 220.
On Aug. 11, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. announced that CSP will open a new plant in an existing site in Huntington, Ind., creating up to 350 jobs by 2012.
Fortron expands PPS production in N.C.
FLORENCE, KY. Ticona Engineering Polymers' Fortron Industries LLC joint venture is increasing production at its polyphenylene sulfide plant in Wilmington, N.C.
The production increase won't affect the plant's annual capacity, which will remain at 33 million pounds of PPS. The increase will be in effect by the end of the third quarter, according to officials with Florence-based Ticona. The move also will create an unspecified number of new jobs at the plant, which now employs 50.
The increase is needed because of growing global demand for Fortron-brand PPS, which is used in demanding industrial applications, officials said. The material can replace metals or thermoset plastics in auto pumps, electronic connectors, structural aircraft components and similar applications.
We believe Fortron has the leading technology used in the production of linear polymer applications, Ticona's Thomas Petzel said in an Aug. 12 news release. Petzel is global business line director for Ticona's high-performance polymers business.
Fortron Industries is a 50-50 joint venture between Ticona and Kureha Chemical Industries Ltd. of Tokyo.
In 2009, Ticona posted sales of just over $800 million.
Anipac battling anti-plastics efforts
MEXICO CITY Mexico's national plastics industry association needs $11,000 a month through 2011 to finance activities aimed at combating anti-plastics sentiment across the country, it said.
The association, Anipac (Asociacón Nacional de Industrias del Plastico AC), has appealed to each of its several hundred members to make a one-off contribution of up to $1,000 to cover the cost of the campaign.
Anipac just published details of its pro-plastics strategy for the first time. It includes the distribution of promotional material, such as car window and bumper stickers, videos explaining the advantages of plastics and regular, almost daily, conferences at schools and universities on the same theme.
In the short term, according to Anipac, the lobbying of legislators and government officers at state and national level will continue, especially in states where anti-plastic laws have already been passed or are being considered.