SDM Inc. ramps up capacity
Quebec-based custom and proprietary molder SDM Inc. has purchased a new Milacron blow molding machine to enhance its capacity to blow mold large parts. According to company president Elie Kohen, the m...
Quebec-based custom and proprietary molder SDM Inc. has purchased a new Milacron blow molding machine to enhance its capacity to blow mold large parts. According to company president Elie Kohen, the machine will be used initially for the development and production of a new product, a toy boat for use in swimming pools. SDM will share sales responsibility with the customer once the product is in full-scale production. The machine will also be used to develop more custom molding business for large blow molded parts.
One of the key features of the machine, a Uniloy Milacron Tracker model T2000, is a 75 lb. accumulator head. This shot-size capability makes it one of larger blow molding machines in Canada, according to Claude Gagnon, president of J.C. Gagnon Machinery, sales representative of Milacron Plastics Machinery Group in Quebec.
The purchase gives SDM a total of eight blow molding machines, which are used to produce large patio furniture parts, such as umbrella bases, children’s outdoor furniture and play sets, and a variety of other products. As well, the company extrudes drainage pipe and profiles on three extrusion lines. It also has three injection molding machines and an operational cement plant. Cement is used as a weight filler in some types of umbrella bases.
SDM began business in 1971 as a distributor of drainage tubing and extrusion machinery. In 1975 it began extruding drainage pipe on its own, and subsequently diversified into blow molding in 1980.
The company, located 35 miles west of Montreal along the Trans-Canada, in Les Cedres, QC, has about 200 employees working across three shifts, seven days a week.
SDM began its current expansion phase last fall when it added 11,250 sq. ft. of floor space, to give it a total of 80,000 sq. ft. of facilities at its site. The floor space was added to accommodate the new machine. The company also recently purchased a 100 hp shredder for size-reduction of large parts.
“We’re always looking for new customers and business,” says Kohen.