Injection molder Spartek Inc. has acquired Marca Coatings Technologies LLC, a maker of custom equipment for metalizing plastics and other materials using its patented physical vapor deposition technology.
Marca makes automated Revolution 3D vacuum metalizers with integrated coating lines, and the CM40, a plastic cutlery metalizing system. The company has a 23,000-square-foot facility in Gorham, Maine.
One of Spartek's three metalizing machines is from Marca and by acquiring the company, Spartek gains use of a fourth fully automated, high-speed, inline metalizing and coating line. Marca has been using the line to metalize pen caps, acting as a job shop, but Spartek purchasing manager and production coordinator Katie Randall said by phone her company has immediate plans to expand Marca's capacity by adding more production lines.
Spartek started out as a vacuum metalizer in the 1950s, adding injection molding later. Today, at its 150,000-square-foot plant in Sparta, Wis., the company manufactures parts for packaging, consumer products, lighting fixtures, point-of-purchase displays and other products. Its markets include automotive, agriculture, housewares, nutraceuticals, spirits, cosmetics and personal care.
Its 11 injection molding machines have clamping forces of 28 to 1,500 tons, allowing Spartek to produce parts weighing just a few ounces, to structural components as large as 15 pounds.
Spartek also has a class 1000 coating clean room and supplies automotive-grade interior anti-fog and exterior hard-coat coatings for lenses. The company is owned by the Parke and Bosshard families, led by CEO George Parke IV.
Marca previously was owned by Frederick Veitch.
This is Spartek's second acquisition in recent years. In 2019, it bought VP Vacuum Platers LLC of Mauston, Wis.