Bway to shed posts at Phoenix facility
ATLANTA Plastican Inc.'s plastic pail and bucket injection molding plant in Phoenix will close by April 30.
Jeff O'Connell, vice president and treasurer of Plastican parent company Bway Holding Co. of Atlanta, confirmed the closing in a Dec. 16 voice mail. O'Connell was not available for further comment.
The Phoenix plant will shed 54 jobs between Jan. 17 and April 30, according to a notice filed Nov. 17 with the state of Arizona.
According to Leominster, Mass.-based Plastican's website, the 100,000-square-foot Phoenix plant is the newest of its four U.S. manufacturing plants.
Bway acquired Plastican in October for an undisclosed sum.
Bway, which is owned by Chicago-based private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners LLC, operates 23 plants in North America.
Bway ranked No. 12 among North American injection molders in Plastics News' most recent industry survey, with 2009 injection molding sales of $320 million out of a total $920 million in overall sales. The company employs about 1,600.
Berlin Packaging buys Chicago's Continental
CHICAGO Packaging supplier Berlin Packaging LLC of Chicago has acquired Chicago-based Continental Packaging Solutions Inc., a supplier of plastic and glass containers and closures.
Terms of the deal, which closed Dec. 14, were not disclosed.
According to a Dec. 15 news release, the deal increases the number of Berlin Packaging sales and warehouse locations in North America to more than 70 and augments Berlin Packaging's Asian sourcing capabilities with the addition of Continental's full-time staff in China.
The transaction marks Berlin Packaging's second acquisition in 10 months, following the March acquisition of All-Pak Inc. of Bridgeville, Pa.
This is a strategic acquisition that extends our geographic reach, expands our network of packaging experts and advances our mission of helping customers increase their net income by optimizing their packaging costs, operations efficiency and shelf impact, said Andrew Berlin, Berlin Packaging's chairman and CEO.
All Continental sales and warehouse locations will be rebranded with the Berlin Packaging name.
Berlin Packaging expects to exceed $600 million in sales in 2011, according to the release. The company is majority-owned by Investcorp, an investment management firm headquartered in Manama, Bahrain.
Nomacorc to supply leading China winery
ZEBULON, N.C. American polyethylene wine-cork maker Nomacorc LLC said Oct. 18 it has signed a technology development and supply agreement with the maker of one of China's leading wine brands, Great Wall.
Zebulon-based Nomacorc said it will work with Beijing-based Cofco Wine & Spirits Co. Ltd. in Nomacorc's global oxygen management research program. Cofco will perform studies on the role of oxygen in China's wine-making process.
Nomacorc also said it will be supplying Cofco wineries with its coextruded synthetic closures.
This partnership can generate significant findings unique to winemaking in China, Michael Yi, general manager of Nomacorc in China, said in a statement. Right now, there is a huge emphasis on China's emerging role in the global wine industry.
Nomacorc maintains a small factory in Yantai, in China's wine making region. China's wine market lags the world's wine industries in the use of synthetic corks.
We hope to acquire key insights about winemaking in China and are committed to being a first-class supplier to Cofco in the areas of product performance, quality and delivery, said Nagib Nasr, vice president of global operations and business development at Nomacorc.
Cofco's Great Wall brand is one of China's best-known wines and sold about 150 million bottles in 2009. Nomacorc makes about 2 billion synthetic corks a year and has factories in the United States, Belgium, Austria and China.
New Wave Converting updates its laminator
FONTANA, CALIF. New Wave Converting Inc. of Fontana has replaced an aging laminator with new machinery.
The company, which does converting, printing, coating and slitting of plastic packaging films, and manufactures standup and flat zipper pouches, replaced a 1997 Nordmeccanica Super Simplex SL 55-inch laminator with the 59-inch version, spokesman Kevin Altenau said in an Oct. 29 telephone interview.
Patriot Funding Corp. of New York helped fund the purchase, which was in excess of $300,000, according to an Oct. 26 news release. It is the second financing deal between the two firms.
Plasticon Europe BV buys AC Plastiques
OLDENZAAL, NETHERLANDS Plasticon Europe BV announced Dec. 14 that it has reached an agreement to buy AC Plastiques Canada (1992) Inc., a manufacturer of composite tanks, apparatus and piping systems with plants in Montreal, Shanghai and Baton Rouge, La.
Terms were not disclosed.
Plasticon bills itself as Europe's largest manufacturer of specialty engineered glass-fiber-reinforced plastic and dual-laminate products.
The company said in a news release that the acquisition of Montreal-based AC Plastiques will strengthen Plasticon's core business and help it to explore markets where it currently has limited presence.
AC Plastiques will remain an independent entity, retaining its name and serving the North American market.
Plasticon has plants in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany, Poland, France, Finland, Thailand and Malaysia.
Cryovac PE film site gets extrusion line
DUNCAN, S.C. Cryovac Inc. plans to add an extrusion line to its polyethylene film plant in St. Joseph, Mo.
St. Joseph City Council on Dec. 13 approved $16.3 million in bond money to support the project. Duncan-based Cryovac would receive a 75 percent abatement on personal property taxes for five years, and then a 50 percent abatement for five more years.
The expansion project is expected to add 12 jobs to the approximately 80 current positions, said Ken Aurichio, a spokesman for Cryovac parent company Sealed Air Corp. of Elmwood Park, N.J.
The plant produces primarily barrier bags for food packaging, Aurichio said. According to documents provided by the city, Cryovac has said it will add the employees by Oct. 31.
Brookdale installs SencorpWhite unit
MINNEAPOLIS Custom thermoformer Brookdale Plastics Inc. has installed the first 2500 Ultra thermoforming machine from SencorpWhite Inc.
Minneapolis-based Brookdale said it added the machine to boost its capabilities. The higher tonnage will make it easier to work with materials like recycled PET, and the longer stroke will allow the firm to handle deeper parts, it said.
Brookdale specializes in medical and consumer packaging, including clamshells, blister packs and trays.
By adding the 2500 Ultra, we were looking to add capacity and additional capabilities to take advantage of business opportunities, President and CEO Joe Meixell said in a news release.
Brookdale said the new machine ran its first job about 35 percent faster than a typical machine.
Rowland, Arkema launch PVDF films
WALLINGFORD, CONN. Rowland Technologies Inc. and Arkema Inc. have introduced Rowlar high-performance polyvinylidene fluoride films for photovoltaic front-sheet applications.
Wallingford-based Rowland's origins go back about 40 years, when it was one of the first companies to extrude polycarbonate film. The company also extrudes impact-modified acrylic sheet and polysulfone-type films. Major markets include electronics, automotive and graphic arts.
Rowland developed Rowlar using Philadelphia-based Arkema's Kynar PVDF resin, which has been used in architectural coatings for decades, where it has demonstrated excellent weatherability, according to Rowland.
Rowlar film also offers solar transmittance and resists ultraviolet light, abrasion, fire and chemicals, the company said. The film also has a good moisture barrier and adheres well to encapsulants.
Compared with ethylene tetrafluoroethylene film, Rowlar is more transparent, more abrasion-resistant, and more cost-effective, according to Rowland.