Old Tacoma company now building plastics equipment

09/18/2012

There's a new manufacturer of plastics processing equipment in the United States, but don't bother looking for it at any upcoming trade shows.

Globe Machine Manufacturing Co., which has been in business since 1917, is now designing and building carbon composite forming presses in a 140,000-square-foot factory on the Tacoma, WA tideflats.

The company has shipped five presses to a plant currently being ramped up by Plasan Carbon Composites in
Walker, MI, and has shipped two other presses to Plasan's R&D center in Wixom, MI. The equipment was designed in collaboration with Plasan, which is owned by Kibbutz Sasa in northern Israel.

In an interview with PlasticsToday, Calvin Bamford, president of Globe and the grandson of the company's founder, said he expects demand for its highly specialized, and unique, presses to grow rapidly as demand increases from automakers and other manufacturers anxious to cut weight and improve corrosion resistance with carbon-reinforced plastic (CFRP) parts....
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