Judge delays ruling on Pretium facility
MUSCATINE, IOWA A judge in Muscatine has delayed a hearing on making permanent a temporary injunction that bars Pretium Packaging LLC from using fluorine in its bottle manufacturing there.
Since May, the Iowa Division of Labor Services' Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been investigating an incident in which a hose came loose during a shift, allowing a chemical leak. Judge Mary Howes of Iowa's 7th District Court on Aug. 18 issued a temporary injunction halting the process.
Judge Marlita Greve now is handling the case.
State officials repeatedly have refused to discuss the case while it is pending. Pretium President George Abd did not return calls seeking comment about the investigation.
Earlier this year, Pretium said it would shut the Muscatine blow molding facility in the fourth quarter as part of the consolidation of Chesterfield, Mo.-based Pretium and Novapak Corp.
Private equity group Castle Harlan Inc. purchased Pretium earlier this year and backed Pretium's acquisition of Novapak parent company PVC Container Corp. of Eatontown, N.J.
About 40 of the 65 employees were cut June 30. The remaining workers will help to wind down operations and prepare equipment for transfer to other Pretium facilities.
Citing filings by Pretium's attorneys, the Muscatine Journal newspaper reported Aug. 24 that the injunction could cost the company $75,000-$100,000 per month.
Bonset gains license for digital coating
BROWNS SUMMIT, N.C. Bonset America Corp. has been granted a global, exclusive license for the special coating technology for digital printing of heat-shrinkable film from Mitsubishi Polyester Film Inc.
Bonset is a leading supplier of copolyester shrink film in North America, and it acquired Mitsubishi's Fusion copolyester heat shrinkable film business Jan. 29.
Bonset also supplies PVC, glycol-modified PET and oriented polystyrene shrink film.
Browns Summit-based Bonset America is a unit of C.I. Kasei Co., Ltd. a Japanese film manufacturer.
Ajedium adding to film-width offerings
NEWARK, DEL. The Ajedium Films division of Solvay Solexis Inc. has added a new 72-inch-wide film die.
The expansion of Ajedium's main extrusion line to incorporate this wider die extends its film-width offerings for films at 6 microns to 60 inches, and films up to 500 microns to 65 inches.
The company made the investment to accommodate increasing demand for specialty and high-temperature films across a wide range of industries.
Current applications include thermal acoustic blanket films for the aerospace industry made from polyaryletherketones, polyetheretherketone and polyethylene chlorotrifluoroethylene; photovoltaic front and back sheet films made from ECTFE and polyvinylidene fluoride; and a variety of fluoropolymer and nonfluoropolymer films for release, label ID, gas sampling, and other traditional PVDF film applications.
Solvay acquired Newark-based Ajedium Films in 2008.
Corning plans to buy French labware maker
CORNING, N.Y. Corning Inc. announced Aug. 13 that it plans to buy Plaslab SAS, the holding company of French plastic labware maker Plastiques Gosselin SAS.
The deal is scheduled to close in the fourth quarter. Terms were not disclosed.
Meanwhile, Plastiques Gosselin opened a plant in Blackburn, England, on July 1.
Marketing manager Jean-FranÃ§ois Pollet said the facility started with four injection molding machines from Netstal and KraussMaffei, with clamping forces ranging from 80-300 metric tons.
Pollet said the machines were moved from Plastiques Gosselin's headquarters plant in Borre, France. They will operate in a 7,500-square-foot clean room and another 7,500-square-foot controlled-environment area.
Plastiques Gosselin made the decision in 2009 to set up production in the United Kingdom as its largest export market.
While Plastiques Gosselin products are used in clinical analysis, microbiology, the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries and in environmental analysis, the Blackburn plant will initially focus on the clinical and food-testing markets.
With 2009 sales of around 45 million euros ($58 million) and claiming to be Europe's largest manufacturer of Petri dishes, Plastiques Gosselin has production in Borre and Stax, Tunisia.
Stimulus funds allow E-Beam site to expand
CRANBURY, N.J. Technology firm E-Beam Services Inc. will spend $10 million to add 30,000 square feet to its electron beam processing plant in Lebanon, Ohio, creating 25 new jobs in the process.
E-Beam provides sterilization, bioreduction and cross-linking of polymers used in medical products. Polymer cross-linking is a cost-effective process for enhancing the strength and other physical properties of specialty plastic products, officials with Cranbury-based E-Beam said in an Aug. 16 news release.
The expansion will increase the size of the facility to 90,000 square feet and include the installation of a second electron beam accelerator, according to the company. The project will be complete by mid-2011 and will make use of $6.5 million in Recovery Zone Facility bonds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
An E-Beam spokesman said the firm's presence in Lebanon played a role in plastic pipe maker Nibco Inc.'s decision to open a new plant there early last year. Elkhart, Ind.-based Nibco consolidated smaller plants in Lebanon and Franklin, Ohio, when it opened its new 130,000-square-foot plant in Lebanon, which is between Cincinnati and Dayton.
The spokesman added that a California-based medical-device maker is planning to open a production site near the E-Beam facility as well. He declined to disclose the identity of the second firm.
E-Beam was founded in 1985 as a unit of Monsanto Co. but now is privately owned. The firm also operates facilities in Cranbury and in Lafayette, Ind.