Arkal launching first US auto molding
BET ZERA, ISRAEL — Israel's Arkal Plastic Products is extending its global manufacturing footprint with the first U.S. plant for its Arkal Automotive unit.
Arkal Automotive USA Inc. will go into a 32,000-square-foot building under construction in Auburn, Ala., the firm and local economic development officials said in a Nov. 29 news release.
Arkal Automotive has a molding facility in London, Ontario, supplying functional long-glass-reinforced plastic parts to automakers in the Detroit and Ontario manufacturing region. It also has a sales office in Farmington Hills, Mich. The Auburn plant will focus on car manufacturers in and near Alabama.
Arkal, of Kibbutz Bet Zera, is investing $7.2 million at the new site. It expects to hire 25 people when it launches production.
Arkal Automotive makes structural and functional parts including battery trays, brackets and front end supports. It also has manufacturing in Israel, Spain, Poland, France and China.
Bridgestone tire uses thermoplastic ribs
TOKYO — Bridgestone Corp. has developed a prototype non-pneumatic car tire using thermoplastic ribs as load-bearing elements, which the firm will debut at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show.
The tire reflects a design style shown initially by Michelin Group nearly seven years ago and more recently by Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. Bridgestone's design, however, has a deeper structure of plastic ribs than either of the other two approaches, and it has a higher aspect ratio.
Bridgestone said it is using thermoplastic ribs because that material is easier to recycle than the thermoset rubber used in conventional tires. Even the tread on the prototype is made from a thermoplastic material, extending further the concept of recyclability, Bridgestone said.
The concept is suitable for golf buggies and similar vehicles, the firm said. It plans to develop the products further, bringing them to market “as soon as possible.”
New Berlin installs two-shot capability
NEW BERLIN, WIS. — New Berlin Plastics Inc. has added its first two-shot injection molding machine, expanding its capabilities.
The 150-ton Demag press will arrive at the New Berlin-based company the week of Dec. 5.
Many of the company's workers have experience with two-shot production, so they will be able to quickly ramp up manufacturing with the machine, said David Sansone, business development manager.
New Berlin will emphasize the press's capabilities in both cosmetic and automated assembly operations to new and existing customers, he said. The addition will bring the firm's press fleet up to 42 machines, ranging from 25-1,200 tons of clamping force.
Teijin pilot to make carbon-fiber parts
TOKYO — Teijin Ltd. plans to establish a plant that will have the capability to mass-produce carbon-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic components.
The company said in a Nov. 30 news release that the plant will be the world's first of its kind, fully integrated from production of carbon fiber on-site, all the way to finished parts. The integrated process will reduce cycle times for molding parts to less than a minute. That will allow faster production of prototypes and performance-evaluation tests.
The 2 billion yen ($25.8 million) pilot plant will be located at Teijin's Matsuyama, Japan, factory. Construction will begin shortly, with operations scheduled for mid-2012. Tokyo-based Teijin said its mass-production technique has the potential to help carmakers use more lightweight carbon-fiber parts.
NYX to set up new $23M Tennessee plant
LIVONIA, MICH. — Auto supplier NYX Inc. will invest $23 million in a new injection molding plant in Tennessee.
The 175,000-square-foot plant in Linden, Tenn., will create 400 jobs within five years, Tennessee officials said in an Aug. 30 news release.
NYX, based in Livonia, already has a plant in Lobelville,Tenn., with its wholly owned Bates LLC, that makes under-the-hood parts.
The new site will expand parts production in the region for a variety of automakers. The firm has a 10-year lease on a building for the plant. It will begin hiring in November for an expected production launch in early 2012.