Auto suppliers may create tooling group
TROY, MICH. — An auto suppliers' group is considering creating a tooling group to serve as a forum for mold makers, stamping die fabricators, and fixtures and gauges makers to share best practices and discuss issues facing the industry.
The Original Equipment Suppliers Association, a Troy-based group, will have an exploratory meeting July 11 to “examine the merits” of creating a tooling forum, OESA officials noted.
The meeting is open only to OESA members now, but it may open to non-members if the group agrees to move forward with the proposal.
Specifics on what the forum would do are awaiting the organizational meeting, but it could potentially discuss engineering and product development, collaboration, managing changing contracts with customers, global tooling issues and company strategy and succession planning. Consulting group Harbour Results Inc. has been spearheading discussion of the possible forum.
Arminak adds packaging plant in Ohio
AZUSA, CALIF. — Specialty packaging manufacturer Arminak & Associates Inc. is opening a new facility in New Albany, Ohio.
Arminak, based in Azusa, makes bottles, foamers, pumps, sprayers and other packaging for cosmetics, personal-care and household products.
The company is leasing a 50,000-square-foot production facility in the New Albany Business Park's personal-care and beauty campus. The campus houses companies that manufacture, package and distribute cosmetics, beauty supplies and other personal-care products.
Bloomfield Hills, Mich.-based TriMas Corp. acquired Arminak in February through TriMas' Rieke Packaging Systems division.
Arminak plans to add 50 full-time positions at the new facility. The company received a seven-year, 50 percent tax credit from the Ohio Tax Credit Authority for its job creation plans.
Plaskolite buys Bayer's PETG sheet unit
COLUMBUS, OHIO — Plaskolite Inc. has purchased the North American Vivak polyester sheet business from Bayer MaterialScience LLC. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, except that all Bayer employees involved in the business will remain with Bayer.
Vivak is a glycol-modified copolymer PET sheet used in point-of-sale displays, vending machines, promotional signage and food packaging.
Dennis Duff, managing director of Bayer's sheet business in the NAFTA region, said in a news release that the deal will allow his company to focus on its Makrolon polycarbonate sheet business. “This sale will free up additional capacity for strengthening this focus further,” he said.
BMS has a sheet production plant in Sheffield, Mass. The company expanded its PC sheet business earlier this year when it acquired the Tuffak name and PC sheet production assets in the U.S. from Arkema Inc.
Plaskolite is based in Columbus.
Evonik to build nylon 12 site in Singapore
ESSEN, GERMANY — Evonik Industries AG has chosen Singapore as the location for its new nylon 12 resin plant.
The plant is expected to begin production in 2014 with almost 45 million pounds of annual capacity. Officials with Essen-based Evonik said in a July 4 news release that the new plant will bring the firm closer to its customers in Asia's fast-growing markets.
They added that the plant is needed to handle rising demand for nylon 12 in the automotive, electrical/electronic, household equipment, sports equipment and manufacturing markets. New nylon 12 applications have targeted markets for solar power and oil and gas production.
The announcement comes as Evonik works to recover from a fatal explosion and fire that took place March 31 at a plant in Marl, Germany. The accident resulted in two deaths and led to severe tightness for supplies of cyclododecatriene, a key feedstock needed to make nylon 12.
In the release, officials said that the damaged CDT plant in Marl should be up and running again in the fourth quarter.
Evonik has annual sales of almost $19 billion. The firm employs more than 33,000 worldwide.