Names in the News: Rocheleau Tool & Die, Graham Engineering, Plastec USA, Pallmann, Galata, Exopack, Reifenhauser, and Engel

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May 23, 2011

Awards, promotions, partnerships, expansions, machinery sales and a medical symposium: it remains a very dynamic industry. Blowmolding machinery manufacturer Rocheleau Tool & Die, founded in 1938 and in its third generation of ownership by the Rocheleau family, was awarded the Ambassador's Award by the Associated Industries of Massachusetts' International Business Council (AIM-IBC) at the AIM-IBC annual meeting this month.

The awards recognize Massachusetts firms, institutions and public agencies of all sizes that demonstrate excellence in international trade. "What's the lesson here?  You don't have to be a big company to succeed internationally. You don't have to be a well-known company to have a global presence. Most companies that excel in international trade begin carefully, plan ahead, research their competition, know their markets, use local experts, and exercise patience," said Richard Lord, president and CEO of AIM.

Rocheleau Tool & Die serves customers in more than 28 countries, including the Caribbean, and offers operator screens and manuals in Spanish.  Employment at Rocheleau has doubled since 2000, largely because of the growth of overseas sales, which account for nearly 50% of the company's annual revenue.

Another manufacturer of extrusion blowmolding machinery, Graham Engineering Corp. (York, PA), announced that it is now represented by Plastec USA through much of Latin America, including: Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Belize, Costa Rica, Panama, Guyana, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Trinidad Tobago, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Suriname, French Guyana, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay. Brazil and Argentina would be the larger countries not on the list.

Plastec USA has several offices in Mexico and Colombia, and additional offices throughout Central and South America and the Caribbean.

Also bit with the international expansion bug is size reduction machinery manufacturer Pallmann Group (Zweibrücken, Germany), which plans to provide improved sales and service for its growing customer base in Spain and Portugal with the establishment of its first subsidiary in the region. 

The new subsidiary, in Manresa, near Barcelona, is headed by Spanish-born engineer Carlos Gómez. He has been looking after the company's Spanish and Portuguese customers for several years from Pallmann's headquarters in Zweibrücken. Pallmann has several hundred customers on the Iberian Peninsula

Galata Chemicals (Southbury, CT), a suppler of tin stabilizers, liquid and solid mixed metals, liquid phosphite esters, epoxidized soybean oil, organic-based stabilizers, and impact modifiers used primarily in PVC applications, announced the appointment of Luc De Temmerman as president and CEO. He joins the company from Solutia Inc., where he was executive VP. He assumed the responsibilities from Eric Wisnefsky effective May 20, 2011.

Temmerman's goals include expansion of Galata's product portfolio and customer relationships into new regions and new end markets. Galata is the former PVC additives business of Chemtura; it now is owned by Aterian Investment Partners, a private investment firm, in partnership with Artek Surfin Chemicals Ltd., a Mumbai, India-based company.  

Plastic and paper flexible packaging processor Exopack (Danvers, MA) has acquired a new 3-layer blown film line from Reifenhäuser Kiefel Extrusion . The new line will be installed in Exopack's Thomasville, NC facility. "The Reifenhäuser Kiefel Extrusion line was a perfect fit for

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