Müller Kunststoffe, the German arm of the HEXPOL TPE group, will grow its TPE production with an additional line early in 2014. The group also announced plans to grow its technical centre with a new building at Lichtenfels for developing customised TPEs.
The new line is forecast to increase TPE production by around 4,800 tonnes per annum. Specifically, it will increase capacity for the group’s Lifoflex and Dryflex TPE compounds. The range includes properties for halogen-free flame retardancy, conductivity, adhesion grades for multi-component applications, food contact grades and compounds offering improved compression set performance.
In addition to the new production line, the investment also includes plans for the construction of a new 600m2 building to expand the technical centre at Müller Kunststoffe’s main Lichtenfels site.
The technical centre will be used for the development of customised thermoplastic elastomers including TPS, TPO, TPU and polymer blends. It will house the R&D, product safety, analytics and process technology departments for Müller Kunststoffe.
Construction of the new building is forecast to be completed by September 2014. The centre will include profile extruders, film extruders and various injection moulding machines, as well as polymer testing and analytical equipment.
Georg Ender, Managing Director at Müller Kunststoffe said: “Our speciality is tailored solutions delivered efficiently and quickly. We create bespoke products for our customers, they come to us with a problem and we solve it. We also place a strong importance on product safety and reliability, the new technical centre and its specialist equipment will increase our capacity to perform diagnostic, processing and quality assurance testing. The production expansion and investment in technical resources is a result of our growth over recent years and will ensure continued fast and responsive customer support, as well as the development of new polymer combinations and compounds.”