JM Eagle expands HDPE pipe production
LOS ANGELES — Pipe extruder JM Eagle is adding capacity to make solid-wall high density polyethylene pipe at two of its plants.
Until now, the Los Angeles-based company has primarily focused PE pipe manufacturing at its plants in the South. But JM Eagle announced June 7 that it will convert its Sunnyside, Wash., pipe plant from PVC to PE production, and it will add PE pipe equipment at its Meadville, Pa., plant.
The facilities will make water and sewer pipe, as well as pipe used for oil and natural gas. The Sunnyside plant also will extrude PE pipe for irrigation, and both plants will manufacture products for power and communication applications.
The plants will start production on PE water pipe up to 36 inches in diameter. Gas-pipe production will start by mid-July at both plants. All the lines will be complete by September, the company said.
JM Eagle has 22 plants in North America. The firm recently disclosed that it is building two facilities in China.
Performance invests in medical molding
CINCINNATI — Injection molder Performance Plastics Ltd. of Cincinnati has invested about $500,000 since the start of the year on three new Roboshot-brand electric injection presses from Milacron LLC.
The machines were needed because of work that Performance has gained in manufacturing small medical parts based on fluoropolymer resins, General Manager Ken Kelly said in a June 6 telephone interview.
Kelly said the machines are making parts on 16-cavity molds. He declined to provide details about the medical parts, citing customer confidentiality. Performance used a federal energy grant to pay for part of the investment in the new machines.
The company's focus on medical molding has led to that sector now accounting for 25-30 percent of its annual sales, according to Kelly.
The 30-year-old company has about 50 employees and annual sales of $7 million.
Kelly will speak next week at Plastics in Medical Devices 2012, hosted by Plastics News, to be held June 11-13 in Westlake, Ohio.
GVS acquires filter business from Nypro
CLINTON, MASS. — Nypro Inc.'s NP Medical unit has sold its filter products business to Italian manufacturer GVS SpA.
No terms were disclosed in the sale, which includes Ivex- and Nutrivex-brand products. Those items are manufactured at a plant in Cayey, Puerto Rico, and are used in intravenous drug- and fluid-delivery products for chemotherapy and similar applications.
Bologna, Italy-based GVS will combine its own Speedflow-brand filtration products with those of NP Medical. Doing so “will allow our group to become a world leader in the IV-filter business in terms of quantity and range of products,” GVS CEO Massimo Scagliarini said in a news release.
GVS will continue to manufacture NP Medical's filter products at the plant in Cayey, which also makes other Nypro product lines, Nypro spokesman Al Cotton said in a June 5 phone interview. The purchase includes the equipment used to make the products, Cotton added.
Clinton-based Nypro ranks as North America's seventh-largest injection molder, according to Plastics News data. The firm reported global sales of $1.2 billion for its 2011 fiscal year.
Hamilton Plastic buys Hamilton Avtec
MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO — Hamilton Plastic Systems Ltd., a Canadian equipment supplier, has acquired the assets, inventories and intellectual property of auxiliary equipment maker Hamilton Avtec Inc.
Both companies are in Mississauga. Terms were not disclosed.
Hamilton Avtec makes material-handling equipment, including pellet and powder loaders, vacuum and pressure pumps, station controls, additive feeders and rail-car unloading and custom scale systems.
Prior to the acquisition, Hamilton Plastic Systems was the distributor of Hamilton Avtec products in North America. The companies were separate.