Amcor to supply PepsiCo Gatorade plant
ANN ARBOR, MICH. — Amcor Rigid Plastics has launched a PET bottle-manufacturing operation at a PepsiCo production plant in Mountain Top, Pa.
The in-line operation will produce about 650 million hot-fill bottles annually for Pepsi's Gatorade brand, according to a June 19 news release. The plant had been purchasing bottles from merchant suppliers.
On-site manufacturing is efficient, reduces costs and offers sustainability benefits, said Larry Weber, vice president and general manager of Amcor's North American Beverage Group, in the release. Amcor operates similar hot-fill operations at seven beverage-filling plants in the U.S.
According to the release, Amcor received financial support from state and local agencies, including about $100,000 in grants for site development and employee training.
Amcor Rigid Plastics, based in Ann Arbor, is the largest blow molder in North America, with about $12 billion in sales in 2011, according to the most recent Plastics News ranking.
The company, a division of Melbourne, Australia-based Amcor Ltd., operates at 66 plants in 12 countries.
Berry buys Netherlands coatings maker
EVANSVILLE, IND. — Berry Plastics Corp. has acquired Stopaq BV, a manufacturer of anti-corrosive coatings and sealants based in Stadskanaal, Netherlands.
Berry announced June 19 that it had purchased Frans Nooren Beheer BV companies, which includes Stopaq and its operating arms. Berry officials would not comment on the acquisition.
Stopaq makes proprietary viscoelastic materials used in corrosion prevention, sealing and insulation applications, in products ranging from pipelines to power plants. Along with its manufacturing and research and development plant in Stadskanaal, the company has a production facility in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
Stopaq officials will take on roles with Berry's corrosion protection group: J. Frits Doddema, Stopaq CEO, will now serve as executive vice president and general manager for the group. Stopaq founder Frans Nooren will serve in an ambassador role.
Berry's corrosion protection group makes anti-corrosion and pipe coatings, adhesives and sealants. Based in Evansville, Berry is one of North America's largest packaging companies, with 2011 sales of $4.65 billion. This is Berry's 11th acquisition in five years. In March, it filed plans for an initial public offering.
Argentine extruder maker targets U.S.
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA — Argentina's only local producer of extrusion and coextrusion lines, Roberto O. Rodofeli y Cia. srl, is adapting one of its models to help break into the U.S. market, the company said during the Argenplás show.
The 40-year-old Buenos Aires firm, whose coextrusion lines are capable of making film with up to nine layers, is expanding its sales focus from solely Latin America to include the U.S. The company previously had one U.S. client, but broke through with two new sales to a producer in Texas (which bought a 75-millimeter extruder) and one in Michigan (a seven-layer coextruder) after attending NPE2012 in Orlando, Fla., in early April.
The firm has had to adapt its design for potential U.S. clients, including offering the 75mm version and updating electronics and die designs, said Roberto Rodofeli, production manager.
Rodofeli is optimistic about domestic sales through next year, following the Argentine government's recent activation of trade barriers and increased tariffs for foreign-made goods and machinery that compete with similar items made locally.
Argenplás was held June 18-22 in Buenos Aires.
FT says ExxonMobil shopping OPP unit
IRVING, TEXAS — The Financial Times' mergermarket news service is reporting that ExxonMobil Corp. has retained JPMorgan to sell its oriented polypropylene business.
Mergermarket quoted a source familiar with the matter, and an industry source, but did not identify either. The news service said Irving-based ExxonMobil has contacted prospective bidders.
In an email, spokeswoman Margaret Ross at ExxonMobil Chemical Co. in Houston said the company does not comment on market rumors or news reports.
Based in Macedon, N.Y., ExxonMobil's films business is No. 18 on Plastics News' most recent ranking of film and sheet manufacturers, with estimated sales of $490 million from three plants.