Oregon PET recycling plant set to open
ST. HELENS, ORE. — The new $10 million PET recycling plant that is a joint venture of plastics recycler Denton Plastics Inc., Quantum Leap LLC and the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative will have its grand opening April 27 and unveil its new operating name, Pacific PET Recycling LLC.
The 90,000-square-foot plant in St. Helens got its impetus when non-carbonated beverage bottles were added to Oregon's bottle bill in 2009, and the three companies teamed to create ORPET and build the plant. It is the first PET recycling plant in the Pacific Northwest.
Pacific PET was formed to manage the plant's operations. Quantum is a Vancouver, Wash., supplier of packaging materials and plastic bags used in the recycling industry, and OBRC represents Oregon's largest beverage distributors.
The plant is expected to process 14 million pounds of PET in 2012 and 30 million pounds annually when it is fully operational.
“It was our vision to create good-paying jobs with full medical coverage,” said Dennis Denton, chairman of Portland-based Denton Plastics, in a statement. “Without the help of the [U.S. Department of Agriculture], we would not have been able to secure funding, due to the economic uncertainty at the time.”
Neighboring Colo. towns differ on bans
BASALT, COLO. — Voters in the small town of Basalt have overturned a proposal to ban or tax plastic bags and place a fee on paper bags, while voters in nearby Carbondale passed a similar measure.
By a vote of 401-363, citizens in Basalt — a town of about 3,800 — turned down a ballot measure that would have prohibited grocers from handing out disposable plastic bags and would have required them to charge customers 20 cents for paper bags.
Basalt is about 15 miles northwest of Aspen. In nearby Carbondale, a town of 6,300, residents voted 718-691 to uphold a ban on plastics bags. That ban and a similar one in Aspen both go into effect May 1. Those two laws also place a 20-cent fee on paper bags handed out at checkouts.
The only U.S. communities with fees on plastic bags are Washington, D.C., and Montgomery County, Md. There are plastic bag bans in 70 communities in the U.S.
Scientex buys two large extrusion lines
GLOUCESTER, MASS. — Malaysian film producer Scientex Bhd is expanding its cast polyethylene stretch film capacity by purchasing two large extrusion lines.
Gloucester Engineering Co. is supplying the lines, each of which will be capable of making 33 million pounds per year of cast stretch film. Each line comprises four seven-layer extruders and can make finished film 40 feet wide. Gloucester said the lines will be the highest-output production units for stretch film it has ever sold in the Asia-Pacific region. They are due to start operating in about a year.
The new lines will be able to boost Scientex's stretch film production to more than 330 million pounds per year. Scientex will install the lines in Shah Alam, Malaysia. The firm currently has seven cast stretch film lines, five of them from Gloucester, capable of making 264 million pounds per year, Gloucester Engineering President Carl Johnson said in a telephone interview.
The new lines will include the latest update to the 1002DS winder for thin-film production. The technology allows production of 8-micron-thick film without the need for special materials, according to Gloucester.
Scientex is publicly traded on the Malaysian Stock Exchange. It has been making cast stretch film since 1996.
Johnson Controls forms Indian venture
PLYMOUTH, MICH. — Automotive supplier Johnson Controls Inc. has formed a joint venture with Pricol Ltd. to make instrument-panel clusters in India.
Johnson Controls Pricol Pvt. Ltd. will produce clusters in Pune, India, for the auto and motorcycle industries, the companies announced in a March 27 news release. The business will work with both Indian and international customers.
Pune-based Pricol will give JCI a new market segment through its business in motorcycle instrumentation, the companies said.
JCI's automotive operations are based in Plymouth.