Cosmetics packaging firm grows in Europe
WAYNE, N.J. — Topline Products has acquired Cosworld-Primapack, a subsidiary of Paris-based Cosfibel Group. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The acquisition will provide Wayne-based Topline with expanded access to packaging, filling and assembly, and turnkey products customers in Europe, according to a Sept. 26 news release.
Topline will be able to provide products and services at the regional level “to streamline the supply chain and enhance speed to market,” Charles Chang, Topline president, said in the release.
Officials were unavailable for further comment.
According to the release, Topline has acquired all the assets of Cosworld-Primapack, including its entire global staff. Primapack's Paris office will be consolidated with Topline's Paris office later this fall.
Topline manufactures primary and secondary packaging, color cosmetics, skin-care, bath and body products, eyelash curlers and cosmetics applicators.
The company, which has more than 40 patents, has manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Mexico and China. It employs about 1,500 and has annual sales of more than $100 million.
Consolidated Container to close Ill. site
ATLANTA — Blow molder Consolidated Container Co. LLC has filed a notice that it plans to close its Elk Grove Village, Ill., plant.
In a July 5 notice to the state of Illinois under the federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notice Act, the Atlanta-based company said 68 employees would be affected by the closing, which would begin Aug. 30 and end Sept. 12.
Company officials and those from the union representing Elk Grove employees were unavailable for comment. Telephone calls made to the plant in late September were not answered.
The plant closing would leave Consolidated with 61 plants in North America, according to Plastics News records. The company had sales of $780 million in 2010, up from $750 million in 2009. Consolidated ranked fourth among North American blow molders in PN's most recent industry survey.
JV to make materials for foodservice items
MIDLAND, MICH. — A new plastic-and-paper joint venture is expected to create 30 jobs when it opens a plant in Midland next year.
Eco Bio Plastics Midland Inc. (EBP) plans to open its doors in summer 2012 after breaking ground later this year. The firm is a joint venture between the Michigan Molecular Institute — a Midland-based nonprofit polymer research firm — and ECO Research Institute, a Japanese company focused on making new materials from industrial waste paper.
At the new site, EBP will combine shredded paper with standard commodity plastics to create a plastic composite that can be used in products such as bowls and other foodservice items, officials said in a Sept. 27 news release. The shredded paper is ground down to micron size before being used as a filler.
“By using this process patented by [ECO Research], these cellulosic fibers [from paper] can be used to enhance the mechanical properties of a paper-plastic composite,” Adrian Merrington, MMI technical representative, said in the release.
PBS Biotech acquires Integrity CMI
CAMARILLO, CALIF. — Single-use bioreactor firm PBS Biotech Inc. of Camarillo has acquired medical contract manufacturer Integrity CMI, which shares the same headquarters town.
Officials from either firm did not return calls seeking comment.
Integrity CMI's property in Camarillo includes capabilities for part design, injection molding, and assembly, according to Integrity CMI's website.
Officials said in a news release that each company's facilities are located just miles apart. They will focus on reconfiguring the assets and personnel to maximize design and engineering operations and build out the manufacturing facilities.
Rapid adoption of single-use bioreactors is occurring across all stages of the bioprocess as firms use single-use technology to drive out costs in research and development and production while increasing process flexibility, operational efficiency and accelerating time to market, according to PBS Biotech.