Dynamic Tool adds press, will expand
MENOMINEE FALLS, WIS. — Toolmaker Dynamic Tool & Design Inc. is adding 17,000 square feet to its plant to improve its part sampling and customer service operations.
The Menominee Falls company is responding to increased demand for it to test tools, said President John Lau.
Dynamic has five presses, including a newly installed, 650-ton Krauss-Maffei press. Currently it operates those presses alongside its toolmaking equipment.
The addition, which should be completed by the end of September, will provide better space to run those presses. Dynamic will also be able to partition off the machines for privacy.
“We're being asked to do a lot more full [mold] qualifications, and we're shipping those molds not only to our region, but nationally and internationally,” Lau said.
Dynamic's tools are running at sites in North America, Europe and China, he said. The expanding business base has led to increased emphasis for the toolmaker in full turnkey services — even running limited production with full automation.
Spartech closing sheet plant in Canada
CLAYTON, MO. — Spartech Corp. plans to close its sheet plant in Cornwall, Ontario, by the end of January.
“We want to optimize our use of capacity,” said Spartech spokeswoman Christi Emmenegger in a telephone interview. The closure will cut 47 positions in Cornwall, which makes sheet for general sale.
Most of Cornwall's production will be moved to a Spartech plant in Granby, Quebec, about two hours east of Cornwall. The Granby plant, which makes packaging for Danone yogurt products as well as sheet for general sale, employs 84 and probably will add 20-25 employees when it gets the Cornwall work.
Elsewhere in Canada, Spartech also runs a sheet plant in Stratford, Ontario, that employs 53. Both Granby and Stratford will continue operations, according to Emmenegger.
Cornwall employees may apply for positions in Granby, or will be offered assistance to find new jobs, Emmenegger said.
Last summer Spartech announced it was expanding thermoplastic olefin sheet production in its Cape Girardeau, Mo., facility.
Spartech's sheet and rollstock unit had an operating loss of $16 million for the fiscal year ended Oct. 29, compared with an operating income of $25 million for the previous year.
Clayton-based Spartech runs 24 film and sheet plants in North America, according to Plastics News' recent film and sheet ranking.
Invista offers nylon feedstock technology
WICHITA, KAN. — Nylon resin and fibers leader Invista officially has launched a new technology used to make adiponitrile (ADN), a key nylon 6/6 feedstock.
Wichita-based Invista spent more than $40 million over four years to develop the technology, which can improve product yields, reduce energy consumption and lower carbon dioxide emissions, , officials said in a recent news release.
“We are now ready to deploy the new technology on a commercial scale,” Bill Greenfield, nylon intermediates executive vice president, said in the release. “We have been working aggressively for more than a year on the initial implementation of this new technology.”
For more than two years, Invista has been operating a pilot-scale plant using the technology at its research and development center in Orange, Texas. The technology might be used commercially in Orange, as well as at an Invista plant in Victoria, Texas, and a plant under construction in Shanghai.
Invista officials estimate that more than 75 percent of global ADN capacity is made through proprietary technologies owned by the firm.
The technology launch continues a busy year for Invista, which is owned by manufacturing conglomerate Koch Industries Inc. of Wichita. At NPE2012, held in April in Orlando, company officials said Invista is looking at expansion plans in the Southeast and is considering potential acquisitions in Europe.
Invista received attention when a fatal explosion in late March at an Evonik Industries AG feedstock plant in Marl, Germany, caused fears of a global shortage of nylon 12, a key resin used in automotive heating and cooling systems. Though Invista doesn't make nylon 12, it is one of only three global suppliers of feedstock cyclodecatriene. The firm has been running its CDT plant in Victoria at high operating rates to help deal with the shortage.