Farrel opens customer demonstration site
ANSONIA, CONN. — Continuous-compounding equipment maker Farrel Corp. had opened a new U.S. laboratory and customer demonstration facility 12 miles from its Ansonia headquarters.
The 6,500-square-foot facility is located in nearby Oxford, Conn., said Stephen Peterson, vice president and business unit director, in an April 27 telephone interview.
“We are open for business and open for lab trials,” he said.
The new center houses a model CP550 continuous mixer as its primary machine. The CP processor combines the Farrel Continuous Mixer with a single-screw extruder in a package complete with variable-speed drives and programmable logic controls. According to Farrel, the CP models excel in polyolefin-based compounds with high levels of mineral fillers, additives and color masterbatches, polymer-elastomer blends and applications requiring high-intensity mixing. The CP offers a versatile, energy-efficient compounding line that allows users to process a range of compounds.
Farrel is conducting joint development work at the lab. Some support equipment still is being installed.
“We wanted to have a modern facility,” Peterson said. “It's equipped with new feeders, new control systems. We wanted to give the impression when customers see it that they know we're here to stay.”
UL revises biodegradability standard
NORTHBROOK, ILL. — UL Environment has revised its third-party standard for biodegradable garbage and retail bags.
Oxo-degradable and oxo-biodegradable films are not allowed to certify to the standard, “as the environmental impacts of these products' degradation in the environment are still largely unknown,” UL Environment said in a May 1 news release.
The standard, UL 126, includes testing requirements for biodegradability claims, an updated section on recycled content, and new criteria for socially and environmentally responsible manufacturing.
The standard also requires that certified plastic film not contain intentionally added hazardous heavy metals, such as lead, mercury, cadmium and hexavalent chromium.
“Manufacturers of plastic bags, as well as retailers that use plastic bags, are facing increased scrutiny as customers demand more environmentally responsible goods and as the Federal Trade Commission tightens its Green Guide rulings on claims of recycled content and biodegradability,” Angela Griffiths, head of operations at UL Environment, said in a news release.
“The revised UL Environment standard for plastic film products now provides manufacturers and retailers with a credible means to back their environmental claims and receive recognition for their progress.”
UL Environment is a business unit of Northbrook-based Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
Carolina Precision relocating Conn. unit
ASHEBORO, N.C. — Injection molder Carolina Precision Plastics LLC has decided to set up an operation in Mocksville, N.C.
The company has invested $1.9 million in a 130,000-square-foot facility, President and CEO Brian Tauber confirmed in an email correspondence.
“We are transferring our Stratford, Conn., operations to Mocksville because the cost of operating in North Carolina is less than in Connecticut and we have better control of the company when located in the same general area,” Tauber explained.
Carolina Precision, based in Asheboro, also runs molding plants in Asheboro and Greensboro, N.C., and Suzhou, China. It inherited the Stratford, Conn., plant in 2009 when it bought ATP Plastics Inc.'s health and cosmetics division.
Local government officials have committed $250,000 in a grant from the One North Carolina Fund for the Mocksville project. Earlier this year Tauber said his firm had yet to make a final decision on the acquisition while it evaluated its capacity needs.
Tauber confirmed an estimate by North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue that Carolina Precision will invest about $5.3 million in the Mockville project over three years and that it will create about 140 jobs.
Carolina Precision injection and blow molds mostly consumer packaging destined for cosmetic and health-care markets.
The governor's office estimated the annual wage of the new jobs will be $39,183 plus benefits, compared with the average annual wage of $28,808 for Davie County, where Mocksville is located.