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Plastics Machining & Fabricating:
Industry News

Ticona Breaks Ground for 30,000 Ton Plant
Musculoskeletal Disorders on Decline
Rockwell Collins Names Laserage Technology as President’s Award and Connector Commodity Co-Supplier of the Year
Ticona Organization Changes for COC and Asia Topas® COC Leadership Change
Engineering Thermoplastic Suppliers Must Become More Agile
Study Evaluates Plastics for Extended Use in Oxygenated Fuels
APM President Hockmuth Dies at 46
U.S. Reinforced Plastics Demand to Reach 4.2 Billion Pounds by 2005
Quadrant Completes Acquisition of DSM’s EPP Business
Business Owners Rein in Plans for Expansion, E-Commerce
Plastics in Outer Space Exhibit Debuts at K 2001
Polyester Sales up 4.2% for 2000
EPS Molders Launch Promotion Campaign
Tel-Con GM Laor Dies in Car Accident

In The News - Mergers & Acquisition - Personnel News


Ticona Breaks Ground for 30,000 Ton Plant

Summit, NJ, and Frankfurt am Main, May 16, 2001 – Ticona broke ground today for a 30,000 metric tons/year (approx. 60 million lbs/year), $50-million plant to manufacture GUR® ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMW-PE) in Bishop, Texas. The new plant, which is scheduled to begin operation in the 3rd quarter of 2002, will double the company’s GUR capacity in North America and replace its existing UHMW-PE plant in Bayport, Texas.

Ticona, the world’s leading producer of UHMW-PE, also operates a GUR plant in Oberhausen, Germany. When the new plant is completed, the company’s total GUR capacity will be about 60,000 metric tons/year (approx. 120 million lbs/year).

Bob Engle, Ticona’s Global GUR Business Director, said, "This new plant will meet growing market demand for GUR and further improve our manufacturing efficiencies and product quality."

Ticona Chief Operating Officer Stefan Sommer added, "The Bishop Plant has been part of the Celanese family for more than 50 years, and its high standards for product quality, operational efficiency, and commitment to protecting the environment serve as a role model for our other plants – in the U.S. and around the globe."

"With the GUR addition," Sommer said, "the Bishop Plant soon will produce two of the three engineering thermoplastics where Ticona holds market leadership positions." In addition to GUR® UHMW-PE, the other market-leading product made at Bishop is Celcon® acetal copolymer. Ticona produces its market-leading Vectra® liquid crystal polymer (LCP) in Shelby, NC.

The Bishop Plant also produces Ticona’s Celanese® Nylon-6/6 engineering thermoplastic and various acetate products for Celanese, Ticona’s parent. It is one of the largest manufacturing sites for Ticona and Celanese.

GUR UHMW-PE has an extremely low coefficient of friction and provides outstanding abrasion resistance and toughness. It is often used in demanding material handling applications in bottling machines, papermaking equipment, chemicals and other process industries. Typical GUR applications include bulk containers, truck linings, conveyor chain guides, marine dock fenders, automotive battery separators, pump housings, and ski and snowboard bottoms. GUR is also used to produce porous products for writing instruments, air and water filters for industrial and residential use, and wear resistant and texturing additives for thermoplastics and elastomers.

About Ticona and Celanese

Ticona, the technical polymers business of Celanese AG, Frankfurt, produces and markets a broad range of engineering polymers and achieved sales of ¤ 923 million in 2000. The company has 2,400 employees worldwide and production, compounding and research facilities in the USA, Germany, the UK, and Brazil.

Celanese AG is a global chemicals company with leading positions in its key products and world class process technology. The Celanese portfolio consists of five main sectors: acetyl products, chemical intermediates, acetate products, engineering plastics (Ticona), and performance products. Performance products include oriented polypropylene films (OPP) and food additives.

Celanese generated sales of ¤ 5.2 billion in 2000, and has 13,200 employees. The company has 30 production plants and six research centers in 11 countries mainly in North America, Europe and Asia. Celanese AG shares are listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (symbol CZZ) and the New York Stock Exchange (symbol CZ).

For further information on Ticona and Celanese AG, please visit our websites: www.ticona.com and www.celanese.com.


Musculoskeletal Disorders on Decline

The number of Americans missing work due to musculoskeletal disorders is continuing to decline. Yet, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that 1999 data shows MSDs accounted for more than one out of three workplace injuries and illnesses involving recuperation away from work.

According to the bureau, 582,300 cases of MSDs requiring time away from work were reported in 1999. This represents a 1.7% decline from 1998 and a 25.7% drop since 1992, when 784,100 work-related MSD cases were reported.

Industry groups duly noted the bureau's declining number of MSD cases in voicing their opposition to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration's ergonomics rule. The ergonomics rule was scrapped by congressional votes in March.

TOTAL INJURIES DOWN, TOO

A total of 1,702,500 injuries and illnesses causing an employee to miss at least one day of work, were reported in 1999, down 1.6% compared to 1998. The number of lost-time accidents has dropped 27.0% since 1992, the bureau reports.
Some of the highlights of the 1999 findings include:

* Operators, fabricators and laborers led all other occupational groups, accounting for 42% of the case total.

* Sprain and strain was by far the leading nature of injury in every major industry division, ranging from 33% in agriculture, forestry and fishing to nearly 50% in services.

* The average number of lost workdays for all cases was six days, with one- fourth of the cases resulting in 21 days or more away from work.

* Among major disabling injuries and illnesses, average days away from work were highest for carpal tunnel syndrome, 27 days; fractures, 20 days; and amputations, 18 days.

* Repetitive motion, such as grasping tools, scanning groceries and typing, resulted in the longest absences from work among the leading events and exposures -- an average of 17 days.

* Injuries to the wrist resulted in the longest absences from work -- an average of 12 days. Injuries to the knee and shoulder had the next longest absences from work -- an average of 10 days each.

SAFETY IN NUMBERS

(in thousands)

Year Total Injuries MSD-Related injuries
1999 1,702.5 582.3
1998 1,730.5 592.5
1997 1,833.4 626.4
1996 1,889.5 647.4
1995 2,040.9 695.8
1994 2,236.6 755.6
1993 2,252.6 762.7
1992 2,331.1 784.1

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics workplace accidents, including those related to musculoskeletal disorders, declined every year between 1992 and 1999.


Rockwell Collins Names Laserage Technology as President’s Award
and Connector Commodity Co-Supplier of the Year

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (May 1, 2001) - Rockwell Collins selected Laserage Technology of Waukegan, Ill. as winner of the 2001 President’s Award and the Connector Commodity Co-Supplier award. The presentations were made at Rockwell Collins’ Annual Supplier Conference on April 24th.

"Laserage has built a strong relationship with Rockwell Collins in the past 17 years, showing its willingness to work as partners in development and design of products," said David Young, vice president, Material and Supply, while presenting the award. "They have attained a nearly 100 percent quality rating in each of the past three years while creating a more sturdy and economical assembly. Laserage has effected Lean Manufacturing strategies in their business, such as reducing floor space in order to reconfigure to a more efficient working area. This has resulted in reducing cable assembly lead-time from 9 weeks to 1 week."

Rockwell Collins, with headquarters in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, designs, produces, markets and supports communication and aviation electronics for commercial, military and government customers. The business employs approximately 16,000 people worldwide.

Laserage Technology Corp. is a custom laser processing facility with over 35 industrial lasers, including CO2 lasers to 2500W and Nd:YAG lasers to 400W, single and multiple-beam lasers. Services include laser welding of most metals and laser machining, cutting, and drilling of metals, plastics, ceramics, and composite materials. Custom flat ribbon cable, wire harness and fiber optic cable assembly services include high reliability applications in avionics, medical and telecommunications. A complete metallurgical lab, R&D and engineering capabilities, and an ISO 9002 registered company wide TQM/JIT program support prototyping through production services.

The Rockwell Collins President’s Award is chosen from a field of 1200 vendors and recognizes Laserage’s ongoing efforts to "Focus on Excellence" in all areas of their business.

For more information call 847-249-5900 or log onto their Website at www.laserage.com


Ticona Organization Changes for COC and Asia Topas®
COC Leadership Change

New Position Established to Facilitate Asian Growth with Partners and Affiliates

Summit, NJ, and Frankfurt am Main, May 9, 2001 – Ticona announced organizational changes affecting its Topas® cyclic olefin copolymer (COC) business and Ticona’s presence in Asia.

Miguel Mantas to Head Topas COC Business

Effective July 1st, Mr. Miguel Mantas, currently Vice President – Sales and Order Management, Europe, Africa & the Middle East, Celanese Chemicals, joins Ticona as Business Director, Topas® COC. Mr. Mantas will be responsible for developing and implementing the Topas COC business strategy and all day-to-day operational activities of this global business. He will be located in Frankfurt-Niederrad, Germany, and will report to Mr. Klaus Goertz, Ticona Chief Financial Officer and member of Ticona’s Executive Committee.

Beginning in 1986 Mantas held a number of international positions with Hoechst AG and Celanese AG, working from Lisbon, Frankfurt, Caracas, Tokyo, and Manila in public relations, advertising, product management, sales & marketing, and special projects. He became Vice President – Sales, Europe, Africa & Middle East for Celanese Chemicals in January 1999.

Ed Brock to Further Develop Ticona Business with Asia Partners and Affiliates

Effective September 1st, Mr. Ed Brock, currently Business Director, Topas® COC, will become Director, Affiliate Relations – Asia. In this newly created position, he will work with the Ticona Executive Committee (EC) to further develop growth opportunities in Asia with partners and affiliates. Mr. Brock will be Ticona’s focal point for communications with Polyplastics Company, Ltd., and Daicel Chemical Industries, Ltd. Ticona and Daicel jointly own Polyplastics.

He will report to Mr. Ben Catanzaro, Ticona Vice President, Business Development, and member of the Ticona EC. Mr. Brock will relocate from Germany to Tokyo by year-end, following a transition period with Mr. Mantas.

Brock joined Celanese Chemical Company in 1979 as a technical service engineer for the Engineering Plastics Division in Summit, New Jersey. During the 1980’s and early 1990’s he held sales, marketing, and operations positions with Celanese and Hoechst in the U.S., Japan, Germany, and the U.K. He was named to his present position as head of the Topas® COC business in 1997.

Hans Baasch Named to New Position at Polyplastics in Japan

Effective April 1, 2001, Mr. Hans Baasch, formerly Senior Executive Assistant to the Chairman of Polyplastics Company, Ltd., was appointed Advisor to Daicel Chemical Industries, Ltd., and Senior Managing Executive Officer of Polyplastics reporting to Mr. Yasumasa Komura, President and CEO of Polyplastics. Mr. Baasch will continue as Polyplastics Senior Managing Director and Board Member.


Engineering Thermoplastic Suppliers Must Become More Agile

Market Dynamics Require Global Reach, Operational Excellence, Says Ticona Exec

Summit, NJ, April 30, 2001 -- The successful players in the engineering thermoplastics (ETP) industry will be those who are global in reach and have a strong portfolio of products, services, knowledge and skills that bring added value to their customers, according to Benjamin Catanzaro, vice president, business development for Ticona, the technical polymers business of Celanese AG.

Mr. Catanzaro, who spoke at the recent UBS Warburg LLC Grass Roots Chemical Conference in New Orleans, said that to capitalize on growth opportunities, ETP suppliers must achieve operational excellence in areas such as logistics, technical and design services and other critical business processes. His UBS Warburg presentation is available online at http://www.celanese.com/en/files/ubswarburg.pdf.

"Customers are looking to consolidate their supplier base," Mr. Catanzaro said, "and suppliers have to be more innovative in product and application development, which will result in growth and profit potential for both." However, he noted that since capital and development costs can be significant to maintain leadership and provide innovation, many companies are turning to acquisitions, joint ventures and alliances to gain critical mass and economies of scale.

Ticona's Interests

Mr. Catanzaro noted that Ticona, which represents 18% of Celanese's revenues, also holds a 45% ownership interest in Polyplastics, a joint venture with Daicel Chemicals. Polyplastics is a leading supplier of engineering resins in the Asia/Pacific region.

The company has a 50% share of Korean Engineering Plastics, a polyacetal market leader in Korea, and a 50% interest in Fortron Industries, a leading supplier of Fortron® PPS in the Americas and Europe.

Ticona also was one of the founders of Omnexus™, an online marketplace for the injection molding industry.

Robust Pipeline Needed

"ETP leaders have to maintain a robust development pipeline because development cycles are becoming shorter," he said. Mr. Catanzaro noted Ticona's strengths in automotive systems and telecommunications applications.

"We serve the needs of OEMs in many automobile exterior and interior systems, as well as what you see under the hood of most cars today," he said. "We're also providing many of the innovative design components of the next generation of cellular phones."

Mr. Catanzaro said that despite the current economic slowdown, Ticona is expanding, and noted the company's investments in polyacetal, ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene, liquid crystal polymers and cyclic-olefin copolymers (COCs). COCs are a new family of materials for high-performance optical, medical, electrical, packaging and other applications.

In 2000, Ticona launched the first commercial metallocene-based COC plant, the only one of its kind in the world. The new plant, which is based in Oberhausen, Germany, has a capacity of 66 million pounds per year.

Fine-Tuning e-Transactions

Mr. Catanzaro predicted the ETP industry and its leaders would continue to be active in offering services and solutions through the Web. Most of them, he said, are currently focusing on operational efficiency and fine-tuning their business processes around e-transactions. He noted that the leaders are also looking to provide e-enabled services and capabilities that will enhance the overall relationship with the customer.

Besides its relationships with GE Polymerland and Omnexus, Ticona has its own web-based transaction channel, Buy Ticona Direct™. It is an order entry /order tracking system that allows U.S. customers to place orders, view open orders and order history, check price and delivery, print key documents, and request changes in orders online.

"This year we expect to see 10-15% of our business transacted through e-channels," Mr. Catanzaro said. "By 2006, we estimate it will be as much as 70-75%."

Mr. Catanzaro remains confident that there will continue to be attractive opportunities for ETP suppliers to have sustainable growth in spite of uncertain economic times. "We plan to take full advantage of the growth potential over the next few years," he said. "There will be consolidations, but leaders have to remain focused and make every customer interaction as valuable and as cost effective as possible."


Study Evaluates Plastics for Extended Use in Oxygenated Fuels

A comprehensive study by Ticona of how plastics used in automotive fuel systems age upon exposure to oxygenated fuels indicates that testing for many plastics should extend as long as 5,000 hours, rather than the 500 hours or less as is now commonly done.

Ticona invested more than $1 million in the study, which involved over 48,000 measurements taken on combinations of seven plastic families and nine fuel blends.

The study tested the ability of acetal copolymers, linear polyphenylene sulfide (PPS), and polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) to withstand prolonged exposure to reactive fuels at elevated temperatures. It also included acetal homopolymer, aliphatic polyketone, nylon 6/6, and high temperature nylon. Fuels tested were based on the SAE J1681 fuel standard and encompassed three methanol blends, three ethanol blends, an ethanol/methanol blend, isooctane/toluene (Fuel C), and isooctane/toluene/peroxide (Fuel CAP).

The results obtained update a study Ticona conducted in 1991 and reflect the nature of the new generation of auto fuels, the extension of auto design life to 15 years or 150,000 miles, and the many changes being made in regulations affecting fuel system emissions. The study gathered physical and mechanical data, e.g., weight, dimensional stability, tensile strength, and tensile modulus at 65C (149F), which is typical of fuel tanks, and at 121C (250F), which is typical of engine compartments.

Nearly all plastics evaluated retained their integrity during the study. They generally swelled 1 to 3 percent during the first 168 to 504 hours after immersion in all fuels and had relatively little dimensional change after that. The one exception was acetal homopolymer, which may not be suitable for extended life with some aggressive fuels. In one methanol blend, for instance, the homopolymer’s weight and size shrank steadily over the last 4,500 hours of the study, suggesting the fuel had altered its composition.

Nylon 6/6 had the poorest performance in all fuels at the higher temperature, while linear PPS had the best performance at this temperature. At the lower temperature, acetal copolymer had significantly lower swelling and weight change than aliphatic polyketone in oxygenated and peroxide-containing fuels.

"We undertook this study to help automakers design better fuel systems in less time," says Dwight Smith, application development engineer for fuel systems at Ticona. "In a world where fuel composition is a moving target, designers often cannot make informed decisions on what materials to use without long-term data."

"The study shows there are no quick answers to questions about how alternative fuels and plastics interact. In many cases, short-term soaking tests (500 hours or less) may not be adequate, especially for fuel system parts that must hold tolerances of just a few thousandths of an inch."


APM President Hockmuth Dies at 46

American Plastic Machinery Corp. President Richard Hockmuth died of pneumonia on March 28 following a three-day bout with the flu. He was 46 years old.

Spokesman Bill McCubrey, APM’s sales manager, said the corporation was shocked over the untimely death. Mr. Hockmuth’s widow, Darlene Susan Hockmuth, said she will continue APM’s production of vacuum and pressure forming machinery, as well as die cutters.

APM was incorporated approximately 10 years ago.


U.S. Reinforced Plastics Demand to Reach 4.2 Billion Pounds by 2005

Reinforced plastics demand in the United States is projected to increase 3 percent annually, to 4.2 billion pounds in 2005, at a value of $6.2 billion.

According to The Freedonia Group’s Reinforced Plastics study, this will create a market for 2.9 billion pounds of resin and 1.3 billion pounds of reinforcements. Gains will result from performance advantages over competitive materials, enabling reinforced plastics to displace wood or metal in a variety of applications. The fastest growth is anticipated in the motor vehicle and producer durable equipment markets, based on needs for lighter, higher performance and cost-effective materials.

The study states that thermoset resins will remain dominant and account for more than 60 percent of demand through 2005. Reinforced thermoplastics, however, will exhibit more rapid growth because of needs for higher performing products with enhanced design capabilities.

Glass fibers, based on their low cost and good performance, will remain the leading reinforcement material. Demand for carbon and other smaller-volume fibers will expand at a faster pace due to price reductions and greater use in sporting goods, aircraft and other applications which require increased levels rigidity, strength, heat resistance or electrical properties.

Construction and motor vehicles will remain the leading markets for reinforced plastics through 2005, accounting for nearly two-thirds of the total. Motor vehicle growth will be fueled by broadening applications as a result of needs to reduce vehicular weight and maintenance, and to increase aesthetics and design flexibility. Opportunities are expected in exterior body uses, under-the-hood parts, instrument panels, seats and structural chassis components. Parts integration is also a driver in the expanded use of reinforced plastics in motor vehicles.

For more information about the study, contact Corinne Gangloff, The Freedonia Group, at (440) 684-9600 or e-mail pr@freedoniagroup.com. Information may also be obtained through www.freedonia.com.


Quadrant Completes Acquisition of DSM’s EPP Business

Quadrant Holding’s acquisition of DSM’s Engineering Plastics Products group was completed in late March. Under the new name Quadrant Engineering Plastic Products, the company joins several other specialty engineering plastics and plastic composites businesses in the Quadrant portfolio.
Quadrant EPP has its North American headquarters in Reading, PA. It was formed by DSM’s acquisition of Reading, PA-based The Polymer Corp. and Belgium-based ERTA. EPP produces and markets stock shapes made from engineering and high performance plastics. It had sales of more than $200 million in 2000.
Since 1996, Quadrant has focused on investments in the high performance plastics and plastic composites field. Its Symalit operations in Europe also produce stocks shapes, pipe and sheet from high-performance fluoropolymers, primarily PVDF.


Business Owners Rein in Plans for Expansion, E-Commerce

A sputtering economy has dampened the mood of America’s middle market entrepreneurial companies, which are backing from expansion plans, expressing doubts about the future of E-commerce, and rethinking their corporate strategies for growth.

Those are the highlights from a national survey of 417 business owners and senior executives, including those in the plastics industry conducted by Grant Thornton LLP, an accounting, tax and management consulting firm in Chicago. The survey is part of the Grant Thornton Business Owners Council that explores strategic issues affecting the growth of owner-managed companies.

According to the study-

• Only 34% said they are “very optimistic” about the growth of their companies, down from the 48% who were “very optimistic” in July 2000. Internet companies showed the sharpest decline, plunging from 84% in July 2000 to 54% today.

•While half of all business owners expressed enthusiasm for the future of E-commerce in July 2000, that figure has sunk to 25%. Even Internet companies reported a decline in enthusiasm, from 83% to 59%.

Few companies said they plan to expand through a merger, acquisition, strategic alliance or joint venture. Just 48% said they foresee a domestic strategic alliance during the next three years, down from 60%. In addition, 43% are planning a domestic acquisition, down from 52% in July 2000. The number of companies that do not have plans to grow globally rose from 37% to 45%.


Plastics in Outer Space Exhibit Debuts at K 2001

Plastics applications developed for use in outer space will be featured in a special exhibit at K 2001, the 15th International Trade Fair for Plastics and Rubber.

K 2001 will be held Oct. 25-Nov. 1 in Düsseldorf, Germany. The outer space exhibit will be located in Hall 6 of the Düsseldorf fairgrounds.

The exhibit is jointly organized by Messe Düsseldorf, the European Space Agency, the Association of Plastics Manufacturers in Europe and the German Association of the Plastics Manufacturing Industry.

More than 2,600 exhibitors from 52 countries are scheduled to participate in K 2001. Approximately 60 companies from the United States will be exhibiting in the two U.S. pavilions at the show, which are organized by Messe Düsseldorf North America and co-sponsored by the Society of Plastics Industry.

For more information on attending or exhibiting at the show, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America at (312) 781-5180, e-mail: info@mdna.com or visit www.mdna.com


Polyester Sales up 4.2% for 2000

According to a recent study by the Composite Fabricators Assn., polyester resin sales into the reinforced plastics markets was up 4.8% as compared to 1999.

The stronger markets include marine, up 5.9%, and transportation, up 19%. Within the transportation market, the large truck industry showed significant declines, but the increased use of composites in light trucks and automobiles helped offset it. Resins used to manufacture architectural panels and bathroom fixtures declined 12% and 4% respectively.
Resins sales volume into the non-reinforced plastics market was up 2.5% over 1999 figures. The use of resins in construction, consumer goods and protective coatings showed steady growth.

For a copy of the report, visit www.cfa-hp.org.


EPS Molders Launch Promotion Campaign

The EPS Molders Assn. has developed a brochure and promotion campaign aimed at architects and specifiers.

“EPS Just Makes Sense” looks at the expanded polystyrene products as well as residential and commercial building projects.

For details, call (800) 607-3772 or visit www.epsmolders.org.


Tel-Con GM Laor Dies in Car Accident

Abraham “Tushi” Laor died recently in an automobile accident in Israel. As general manager of Tel-Con Diamond Products, Tushi was considered one of the pioneers in developing the technology for using polycrystalline diamond in the woodworking and related fields.


In The News

Ohio-based Plastic Technology Inc. has received approval from the FDA for its Green Bottle product, the first commercially-produced plastic bottle made of 100% curbside recycled PET resin, which is safe for direct food content. The company plans to mass-produce the product.

West Chicago, IL-based Bulk Molding Compounds Inc. (BMCI) and joint venture company Bulk Molding Compounds Mexico S.A. de C.V. (BMC Mexico), have opened a sales office in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The Monterrey office reports to BMC Mexico S.A. de C.V. and is managed by William Chadwick Nunnery.

Cedar Rapids, IA-based Rockwell Collins selected Laserage Technology Corp. of Waukegan, IL. as winner of the 2001 President’s Award and the Connector Commodity Co-Supplier award. The presentations were made at Rockwell Collins’ Annual Supplier Conference on April 24. The Rockwell Collins President’s Award is chosen from a field of 1200 vendors and recognizes Laserage’s ongoing efforts to "Focus on Excellence" in all areas of their business.

Roger Bollier announced the formation of Diamond Tool Coating LLC, a new company that will provide PCD coating service to North American carbide cutting tool manufacturers. DTC’s production facility and technology center are located at 661 Erie Ave., North Tonowanda, NY 14120. Call (716) 693-5050 or visit www.diamondtc.com for information.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Midland, MI-based The Dow Chemical Co. is reporting swift progress – and a substantially higher cost synergy target – on its recent merger with Union Carbide Corp. The company plans to achieve annualized cost synergies of $1.1 billion by the end of the first quarter of 2003, which is substantially higher than its original projection of $500 million when the transaction was first announced in August 1999. As part of the company's plans to achieve the higher cost synergy target, Dow is reducing its global workforce by 8%, approximately 4,500 employees.

Marieville, QUE-based Gladu Tools Inc. has completed the acquisition of Cutting Solutions Inc., headquartered Dallas, TX. The acquisition enables Gladu to establish a presence in the Southwest.

Macomb, MI-based Alliance Industries and Mueller Machine and Tool, St. Louis, MO, have signed a joint representation agreement for the design and build of blow mold tooling.

Genmar Holdings has completed the purchase of all U.S.-based OMC boat and trailer manufacturing assets. Some facilities will not reopen: Lowe’s Syracuse, IN, operations will move to Lebanon, MO, and Hydra-sports Columbia, SC, operations will be consolidated into Genmar’s facilities in Sarasota, FL. The operation of Chris Craft, also in Sarasota, is under review.

Hunkar Laboratories has acquired TriData Technologies. TriData is an integrator and supplier of bar code product tracking systems. Both companies are based in Cincinnati, OH.

Personnel News

Giben Impianti, SpA of Pianoro, Italy, has named Giuseppe (Joe) Borroni president of its North American subsidiary, Giben America Inc. Based in Norcross, GA, Giben America was formed in 1992 as the sales and service organization for Giben panel sizing systems in North America. Borroni is a 20-year veteran of the industry He replaces Giordano Checchi who resigned as president and left the company at the end of April.

B2B global plastic e-marketer Omnexus announces the appointment of Michael Walsh as its CFO. Walsh served as the vice president of global finance with Omnexus.

Charlotte, NC-based Biesse Group America has appointed Todd Hammer as the new vice president of sales and marketing. Hammer has represented the Biesse Group product line for five years.

Kingsport, TN-based Eastman Chemical Co. appointed Roger Mowen as senior vice president of global customer services and CIO. Garland Williamson was appointed to senior vice president of worldwide operations and chief health, safety and environmental officer.

Richmond, Va.-based toll compounder Alloy Polymers has hired Robert Humphreys to fill the newly-created vice president of operations position. Prior to joining Alloy Polymers, Humphreys managed Neste Chemical’s North Carolina adhesive production facility for 11 years.

Cleveland, OH-based OMG Americas Inc. announced the promotion of Larry Dobias to business manager, plastics additives. Dobias will be responsible for the worldwide sales of heat stabilizers and intermediates for flexible PVC products.

Paul Dente has joined Grand Rapids, MI-based Stiles Machinery as its Northeast regional sales manager. Previously with Mazak Corp., Dente has over 25 years experience in the machine tool industry.

Markham, ONT-based FS Tool Corp. has appointed David Kirby to sales representative for the U.S. northwest and Canadian western regions.

Summit, NJ-based Ticona announced that Rita Kroeber joined the company as North American communications manager. She is responsible for corporate and marketing communications in the Americas including advertising, trade shows, technical literature, Ticona’s U.S. Web site, employee communications and crisis communications.

Air Quality Sciences appointed Anthony Worthan to president and COO. He has been with the Atlanta, GA-based company 10 years.

Donald Patten has joined Wilmington, MA-based Stapla Ultrasonics as applications manager — plastics. Patten has more than 12 years experience in welding.

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