Gratitude for Customers and Continued Growth- Message from Jim Murphy, President and CEO
Gratitude for Customers and Continued Growth
Message from Jim Murphy, President and CEO
As we head into 2017, I am humbled by our growth over the past year and inspired by the innovation of customers around the globe. For the past several years we’ve strengthened our customer-focused approach to our decisions, and the direction of our business clearly reflects that path. In 2016, our business grew by 10 percent and this is directly correlated to you, our customers, for trusting us with your capital equipment investments. We’ve heard from several of you that you appreciate our regional presence in different parts of the world; the depth of our equipment offering; and the commitment we make during commissioning, installation and after-sale service. We also take seriously your requirements for quality, technology and value in every purchase. We believe our equipment lines across all product categories reflect this perspective. Please know we will continue to raise the bar in earning your business in the coming year.
One of our biggest achievements in 2016 was the full integration of Gloucester Engineering Company (GEC) technology into a common Davis-Standard blown film product line. Our customers now benefit from single-source manufacturing and service from a company with one of the largest installed base of blown film equipment in the world. This includes lines from one to eleven layers and up to 9 meters in width, pre-engineered options, precision gauge control, efficient air rings, DSB® screw designs, dies from seven to 11 layers, and pending innovations to improve productivity and profitability. Processes we support include geomembrane, construction, industrial, agricultural stretch films, medical and hygiene films, highbarrier packaging, industrial films, bags for heavy-duty applications, flexible packaging and other customer-driven products. We also offer cost-effective upgrades that improve uptime, film quality and processing rates.
Fully integrating GEC also included an expansion of our primary manufacturing facility in Pawcatuck, Connecticut. The 15,000 square-foot addition is almost complete with a world-class manufacturing cell for producing highly technical blown film dies used in multilayer packaging and pharmaceutical applications. This further aligns with our mission of offering customers excellent quality, value and customer service. We invite customers to come see this expansion and test our capabilities!
Pawcatuck hasn’t been the only facility to grow in 2016. As our offering of products and services has expanded in Asia, so has our subsidiary in Suzhou. From this regional location, we offer our dsX™ technology, high-efficiency Super Blue® extruders and extensive medical tubing technology. To support the latter, we expanded our medical tubing laboratory to enable customers to test new products and contract small-scale production runs prior to making a large capital equipment investment. This includes a micro-bore extrusion line for single and multi-lumen tubing used in intravenous and micro dialysis catheters, endotracheal, tracheotomy and radio opaque products. The lab also has a single layer line for producing FPVC tubing for IV and fluid delivery applications, another growing market in China. This has enabled us to support a larger customer base and emerging start-ups in China. We recently commissioned a PLLA tubing line for processing tubing made of bio-absorbable resins that are engineered to safely degrade inside the body.
In August, we augmented regional support for die rebuilds and cleaning by adding those capabilities to our subsidiary Davis-Standard Limited in Brierley Hill, United Kingdom. This was another step in being able to better support our large installed base of blown film equipment in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Our service team in the UK offers a thorough component inspection program and expertise in die cleaning, disassembly and assembly of key components. Die rebuilds by the original manufacturer using certified replacement parts brings quality assurance and often times, cost savings when compared to purchasing a new die. Support is available both on-site and off-site to ensure timely repairs.
Other highlights of 2016 included:
• The transition of our blow molding accumulator head production to Fulton, New York. Last summer, we celebrated the shipment of our first 75-pound accumulator head from this facility.
• A new cutting and feeding machine for low voltage wire and cable processes for insulating applications. This unit facilitates timely transfers from one take-up to another and minimizes operator involvement, speeding up the reel change.
• The introduction of a new energy-efficient barrel heating/ cooling system to reduce energy consumption by up to 50 percent. The patented design acts as a blanket for the extruder and is available on new machines or as a retrofit to existing machines. • We developed an extruder adapter called the QSE (Quick Screw Exchange) to enable fast screw changes without dismantling feed pipes – a big time saver!
• For thin substrates, we engineered a high-speed film and foil unwind for 800 meter-per-minute splice speeds for sensitive webs such as aluminum foil at 6 μm.
• We installed the largest seven-layer blown film die in the world – a 2.3-meter, seven-layer Centrex IBC die for agricultural applications.
We appreciate the opportunity to see so many of you throughout the year at tradeshows, and encourage you to keep tabs on our busy schedule for 2017. At K – our biggest show of 2016 – we finalized several orders and enjoyed a steady flow of inquiries. K is always a tremendous global venue to promote new technology, R&D capabilities, aftermarket services and foster customer relationships. We look forward to seeing you in the first quarter at MD&M West, Plastics Recycling Conference, Plastico Brasil and ICE Europe.
On behalf of Davis-Standard’s more than 900 employees worldwide, thank you for your business. We wish you a healthy and prosperous 2017.