The One Company Solution

Plastics Technology Magazine features an overview of Primex and its “One Company” family of products and services.

Primex has vertically integrated its color compounding, sheet extrusion, and fabrication businesses to provide a single-source solution to customers in a wide range of industries.

Primex Plastics: The name evokes a long history of innovation and tradition in sheet extrusion. That’s understandable. The company was founded in 1965 with the goal of becoming the leader in the custom sheet extrusion industry. It started in Englewood, N.J., with three extruders. Today, it runs 125 extrusion lines in six plants in the U.S. and Great Britain. Extruders ranging in size from 4.5 to 8 in. produce sheet at widths from 54 to 180 in. and in thicknesses from 0.006 to 0.5 in. Company-wide, it carries a raw-material inventory of 70 million lb. Headquartered in Richmond, Ind., the company produces about 500 million lb of sheet per year, employs 1250 people, and has annual sales of about $500 million. Primex is part of ICC Industries, a New York-based holding company that owns various firms in plastics, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.

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Primex Plastics Appoints New England Territory Manager

Primex Plastics Corporation, the leader in custom extruded plastic sheet and roll products for thermoforming, fabrication and printing, is pleased to announce the appointment of Garrett Donatelli to the position of territory business manager for the New England area.

Donatelli has extensive experience in the plastics industry, primarily in the sales of color concentrates, additives and recycling/reprocessing services. He will primarily focus on development of market opportunities for Primex’s color, compounding and additives business. Donatelli will work from his office in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and report to regional manager Jeff Gusaeff. He can be reached at (978) 501-4587.

“I’m looking forward to extending the Primex brand throughout New England,” said Donatelli. “I’ve been selling similar products and services for my entire career, so I’m looking forward to using my knowledge and Primex’s extensive offerings to expand sales.”

Primex Color, Compounding & Additives, formerly O’Neil Color & Compounding, develops and delivers custom solutions including color concentrates, additive masterbatches and specialty compounds to plastics processors throughout the country from its manufacturing facilities in Garfield, New Jersey and Jasper, Tennessee.

Donatelli is a native of Leominster, Massachusetts and a 2007 graduate of the University of New Hampshire.

Ray Schwartz and Justin Rosenbleeth Join the Primex Team

Primex Plastics Corporation is pleased to announce the addition of Ray Schwartz to the position of product manager-protective packaging and Justin Rosenbleeth to the position of territory business manager for the Southeast.

Rosenbleeth has extensive experience in the plastics industry, having managed sales, production and engineering for compounders, a molding equipment OEM, molded products manufacturers and materials suppliers.

Schwartz has extensive experience in the reusable, returnable packaging industry as a solutions provider of plastic pallets, bulk containers, hand-held containers, and custom sleeve pack and interior dunnage products. He will primarily focus on selling for Primex’s Design & Fabrication division. His previous position was with ORBIS Corporation.

Rosenbleeth will work from Atlanta, Georgia and report to East Region Business Manager, Jeff Gusaeff. He can be reached at (404) 213-5879. Rosenbleeth is a graduate of Florida State University, having earned a BS in mechanical engineering in 1998.

Schwartz will work from the St. Louis area and report to Primex Vice President of Sales & Marketing Tim Schultz. He can be reached at (636) 445-0933. Schwartz holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and has extensive post-graduate course work and sales training.

Rosenbleeth says he looks forward to leveraging his vast experience in materials, extrusion, injection molding and equipment to help solve problems for his clients and expand Primex’s presence in the Southeast. He will focus mainly on selling for the Primex Color, Compounding & Additives business.

Last year Primex introduced the unique Bubble-X™ extruded board and the Primex Fabrication Bubble-X Sleeve Pak shipping container. “My experience working with customers in designing custom protective exterior and interior packaging systems is directly related to the need at Primex,” said Schwartz. “I’ve been selling reusable bulk container/sleeve pack products for much of my career, so I know I will be able to increase Primex’s presence in this market.”

Primex Color, Compounding & Additives Offers New Thermoplastic Elastomers

Primex Color, Compounding & Additives (PCC&A), formerly O’Neil Color & Compounding, a leading supplier of color and polymer solutions for plastics processors, has expanded its line of Faraprene thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs). The additions to the line are a product specifically developed to reduce vibration and TPEs for wet grip applications. The two new products join the Faraprene C Series for high performance needs, Faraprene F301 FDA-compliant compounds and Faraprene H300 general use elastomers.

Decades of research and engineering have made the Faraprene product line unparalleled for its durability, flexibility and critical physical properties. “In addition to outperforming other competitive thermoplastic elastomers in scratch and tear resistance, Faraprene contains no phthalates as found in PVC-based materials,” said PCC&A’s Product Manager Lee Pfaffle, “This makes it ideal for a wide range of consumer and industrial applications.” Additionally, Faraprene is 100 percent recyclable. “It’s a superior choice for molders and manufacturers attempting to reduce their environmental impact,” said Pfaffle.

NEW PRODUCT DETAILS

Faraprene Vibration Dampened TPEs

BENEFITS:

  • Durable in demanding conditions
  • Absorb energy and noise
  • Improve user experience
  • Reduce impact
  • Design flexibility
  • Minimize motor and engine vibrations

MARKET APPLICATIONS:

  • Automotive: vibration isolators, grommets, shock absorption pads
  • Appliance: vibration pads for electric motors, foot pads for blenders & mixers

Wet Grip TPEs

BENEFITS:

  • Addresses problems of slipperiness in soft-touch components
  • Retains mechanical performance characteristics in wet / dry conditions
  • Available in a multitude of durometers

MARKET APPLICATIONS:

  • Automotive: door trim handles, instrumentation buttons / knobs compartment liners, non-skid pads
  • Appliance: door handles for refrigerators & microwaves, foot pads for mixers & blenders, grips for steam irons, knobs for blenders & coffee makers

According to PCC&A Technical Director Anthony Montalvo “PCC&A custom-formulates all our TPE lines to meet specific customer needs, adding characteristics such as color, UV protection and other properties as needed. PCC&A TPEs are available in a wide range of hardness levels.

See the entire Faraprene line at http://primexcolor.com/products/thermoplastic-elastomers/.

By leveraging the resources of the Primex Plastics “One Company”, PCC&A can manage the complete supply chain, from pellet to shipment to recycling, thus providing quality control, warehousing and distribution from six U.S. and one European facility. As part of the $600 million Primex family of companies, the vast R&D, production and sales network provides nationwide assistance to customers as Primex continues to invest in new technology, new personnel and new processes.