Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd., Bolton, Ont., says it will de-emphasize production of large injection presses in order to concentrate on its core packaging markets, including PET preforms, closures, and thin-wall products. Its Luxembourg machine operation, which has been its center for building large-tonnage presses, will be transformed into a facility that produces Husky systems for the European market. The announcement affects production of Husky’s Quadloc models from 1350 to 5000 tons, although the company says it will support existing customers using its large presses and will offer repeat customers its Index and Tandem technologies on the larger press sizes, as well as tooling, hot runners, and metal molding systems for the automotive market. For more information visit Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd's PT Online Showroom.
Industrias Romi S.A., Brazil’s largest producer of plastics injection machines, has purchased the assets of the Italian injection machinery builder Sandretto Industrie S.r.l. In 2005, the HPM division of Taylor’s Industrial Services, Mt. Gilead, Ohio, acquired Sandretto from the Cannon Group of Italy. Romi also builds blow molding machines. +55 (19) 3455-9000 • www.romi.com.br
Solvay Advanced Polymers, Alpharetta, Ga., recently commissioned a new PEEK production facility in India. The plant can produce 1.1 million lb/yr of KetaSpire PEEK and lower performance AvaSpire modified PEEK. Its capacity can be doubled in the future. For more information visit Solvay Advanced Polymers PT Online Showroom.
A. Schulman Inc., Akron, Ohio, will expand and renovate a facility in Akron to produce additive masterbatches for film and packaging. That facility has been used for resin distribution. Production is to commence by year’s end with one or two new twin-screw extruders, each with capacity of 10 million to 15 million lb/yr. The building could ultimately house as many as four twin-screw lines.
Company president and CEO Joseph Gingo says the aim is to replicate in North America the success of Schulman’s concentrates businesses in Mexico and Europe. He also indicates the move toward packaging will allow the company to de-emphasize the automotive market, which had been 40% of its North American business. Potential targets for the new production include European customers with U.S. operations, some of whom have been served by Schulman’s Mexican site. Initial products will include antibacterial, antiblock, antifog, antioxidant, antislip, antistatic, barrier, cling, desiccant, foaming, and laser-marking masterbatches in PE, PP, PS, PET, and nylon. White concentrates will be added next. For more information visit A. Schulman Inc.'s PT Online Showroom.