Kautex to sale, service Rikutec machines
BONN, GERMANY Kautex Maschinenbau GmbH, a Bonn maker of blow molding equipment, is taking over international sales and service for a German company that builds giant blow molding machines, Rikutec-Richter Kunststofftechnik GmbH & Co. KG.
In return, Rikutec will supply Kautex with multilayer accumulator heads, allowing Kautex to expand its portfolio of machines to blow mold large industrial packaging.
Kautex and Rikutec have worked together on several projects in the past.
The intended cooperation is not a joint venture. Both companies will remain separate corporate entities, said Andreas Lichtenauer, managing director of Kautex. Customers will benefit by having a single-source supply of a wider range of blow molding machinery and service, he said.
Rikutec employs 130 people in Altenkirchen, Germany, specializing in blow molding machines for containers holding up to 2,600 gallons. In the U.S., Roth Global Plastics Inc. runs a mammoth Rikutec machine that can pump out 4,400 pounds of polyethylene an hour to make giant septic tanks in Syracuse, N.Y.
Rikutec America Inc. will remain in operation in Whitinsville, Mass., said Gerd Reinig, president of the U.S. operation.
Evonik to shed carbon blacks business
ESSEN, GERMANY Evonik Industries AG has decided to divest its carbon blacks business to focus its efforts on specialty chemicals in growing markets.
Essen-based Evonik's carbon blacks unit is among the top sellers in the world and has 1,700 employees in 12 countries. It has annual sales of about $1.3 billion, according to the company.
Since the start of this year Evonik has been examining options for the development of this business, the company said. It has now engaged an investment bank to prepare the divestment, according to Evonik.
New Berlin adds Toyo all-electric press
NEW BERLIN, WIS. New Berlin Plastics Inc. has purchased a Toyo Plastar Si-IV all-electric injection molding press.
Adjusting to market conditions is our way of staying competitive and improving what we offer to our customers, Jeffery Held, president and CEO of the New Berlin-based injection molder, said in a Sept. 16 news release.
The press at first will manufacture high-precision switch housings from modified polyester. The eight-cavity tool, with 55 tons of clamping force, started production in early September.
A similar electric press was added to the shop floor a few years ago, sales director Tom Frank said in the release.
The Toyo machine features a V-shaped clamping unit, precision molding parameters, wide platen design, and reduced power consumption and low operating noise.
New Berlin Plastics operates a 100,000-square-foot plant with 39 vertical presses with clamping forces ranging from 25-1200 tons. The company has annual sales of about $12 million and employs 105.
Flotation adds rotomolding operation
BIDDEFORD, MAINE Flotation Technologies Inc. has expanded its headquarters facility in Biddeford by adding a 20,000-square-foot rotational molding operation for its products that support the petroleum drilling industry.
According to a Sept. 21 news release, the plant has a custom-designed rotomolding machine originally engineered to manufacture the company's CoreTec shell for a drilling riser buoyancy module and other products sold in the New England area.
The new plant, which can be expanded to nearly 40,000 square feet, will employ more than 25 at full capacity, operations manager Al Marquis said in the release.
Flotation Technologies is a subsidiary of Deep Down Inc. of Channelview, Texas, an oilfield support-services company specializing in deepwater operations.