Tekni-Plex opens tech center in Ohio
KING OF PRUSSIA, PA. — Packaging and tubing maker Tekni-Plex Inc. has opened a new global technology center in Holland, Ohio.
The King of Prussia-based company said the facility will help expedite new product development at the business-unit level.
Phil Bourgeois, vice president of global technology and regulatory affairs, led the effort to establish the site and will manage the facility. The tech center includes analytical and product-performance testing labs, and large custom pilot-scale extrusion, coextrusion, coating, laminating, and lamination equipment.
Tekni-Plex makes closure-lining materials, barrier blister-film laminates, medical tubing, compounds, rubber and plastic gaskets, foam food cartons and trays, and dispensing tubing.
Doyle named Vinyl Institute president
ALEXANDRIA, VA. — Richard Doyle will become president and CEO of the Vinyl Institute, effective Oct. 24.
Doyle spent nearly 20 years at the Washington-based American Chemistry Council, leading the group's “Responsible Care” initiative, forming state chemical associations and managing the Federation of State Chemical Councils.
He also served for eight years as president and CEO of the International Sleep Products Association, and most recently was senior vice president at K-Global Strategies Inc.
Greg Bocchi stepped down as VI president and CEO in February.
Alexandria-based VI represents producers of vinyl, vinyl chloride monomer, additives and vinyl packaging materials.
Omnium buying Plastal Poland plants
LEVALLOIS, FRANCE — French automotive supplier Plastic Omnium Auto Exterior, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cie. Plastic Omnium, has signed a deal to buy Plastal Sp.zo.o.
Terms were not disclosed. The deal includes two plants, in Gliwice and Poznan, Poland. The plants employ 600 and had 2010 sales of more than 60 million euros ($80 million), according to Levallois-based Plastic Omnium.
The plants supply Fiat, Volkswagen, BMW, Audi and Ford.
Swedish auto supplier Plastal Holding AB filed for bankruptcy in 2009 citing a severe liquidity crisis. That agreement remains submitted to the approval of the Polish antitrust authorities.
In Eastern Europe, Plastic Omnium already has plants in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Rexam expands personal-care facility
LONDON — Consumer packaging firm Rexam plc will expand its Excelsior Springs, Mo., custom-molded components facility to support growing customer demand.
Rexam is adding about 40,000 square feet to the plant, boosting space to 115,000 square feet. Work should be finished by Oct. 31.
The London-based firm said it will add injection molding and assembly equipment at the site, which employs more than 130 and supplies plastic packaging for the personal-care industry.
The facility supports Rexam's major customers that ship to the Midwest, plant manager Marlon Pass said in a statement.
Excelsior Springs is part of Rexam's personal-care division, which supplies pumps, closures and one-touch foam dispensers, among other packaging. Operations include design and engineering, multishot molding and in-mold labeling.
China firms making PC sheet for Teijin
TOKYO — Teijin Kasei Co. Ltd., which claims the largest share of Asia's polycarbonate resin market, has formed an agreement with two Chinese processors, aiming to grow its film and sheet business quickly in China.
Tokyo-based Teijin will supply Mianyang Longhua Film Co. Ltd. and Suzhou Omay Optical Material Co. Ltd. with specially formulated Panlite PC resin and production technology. In return, Longhua and Omay will make and market Panlite-brand PC sheet and film in China, Teijin said in an Oct. 12 news release.
Longhua will make insulating film for use in LCD televisions. Omay will produce sheet for auto dashboards. Teijin's sales target for Panlite PC sheet production in China is about 45 million to 65 million pounds per year. China's annual PC sheet demand is estimated at about 330 million to 375 million, with a 10 percent annual growth rate fueled by the electronics and auto sectors.
Teijin produces Panlite resin in Japan, China and Singapore. It has been relying on its sheet production facility in Matsuyama, Japan, to supply the global market.