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Müller Kunststoffe expand TPE capacity


Müller Kunststoffe, the German arm of HEXPOL TPE, has announced plans to expand capacity with a sixth TPE production line.


The investment includes plans for high-quality twin screw technology and supporting sub-systems and will be installed at their site in Lichtenfels, Germany. The new line is expected to come on-stream in early 2013 and will increase TPE production by 4,600 tonnes per annum, bringing the capacity of the HEXPOL TPE group, which also includes the ELASTO plants in UK and Sweden to more than 55,000 tonnes.

HEXPOL TPE specialise in the development of custom formulated TPE compounds, based on SBS, SEBS, TPO and TPV technologies. With sales to a range of end markets including automotive, medical, caps and closures, construction, toy and household.

The capacity increase underscores HEXPOL TPE's position as a key and growing player in the TPE market. The group has seen rapid expansion over recent years, both organic and by acquisition, most recently with the integration of the EPSeal TPE product range for beverage caps and closures in July this year. Construction of a new TPE production line is also underway in China. The new production facility will operate from Hexpol’s existing Foshan site in the Guangzhou area, a key location for polymer component manufacturing.

“HEXPOL TPE, is built on a solid foundation of customer focus, material know-how and comprehensive supporting technical services”, commented Ralph Wolkener, President Europe and Asia for Hexpol Compounding. “This project will ensure business expansion by increasing capacity to meet growing customer demand both in our home markets and worldwide. We serve international companies as a world partner, providing custom-formulated, consistent, high-quality materials. Our growing European and Asian footprint enables us to support our customers across the globe”.

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About HEXPOL TPE
The HEXPOL TPE Family brings together the ELASTO businesses in Sweden, UK and China and Müller Kunststoffe in Germany. We are at the forefront in the development and manufacture of custom formulated thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) and complimentary compounds.

Our family delivers a trusted combination of material know-how, R&D, production capability and comprehensive technical services. Alongside European and Asian production and product development facilities, as part of the HEXPOL group of companies, we share an extensive global footprint covering EU, Asia and NAFTA, enabling us to support our customers worldwide.

A comprehensive product portfolio covering TPS, TPO, TPV, TPU, soft PVC, cork compounds and masterbatch is led by global brands Dryflex®, Mediprene®, Lifoflex®, EPSeal®, Lifolit®, Lifocork®, Lifobatch® and Lifoprene®. We support OEMs, moulders and designers at all stages of product development in the medical, electronic, automotive, caps & closures, construction and consumer markets.

HEXPOL TPE is part of HEXPOL, one of the world’s leading polymer groups. www.hexpol.com

Mediprene®, Dryflex®, EPSeal® , Lifoprene®, Lifoflex®, Lifocork®, Lifolit® and Lifobatch® are registered trademarks property of the Hexpol group of companies.

For further information please contact:
Jill Bradford Marketing & PR Manager, HEXPOL TPE
tel +44 161 654 2369 | jill.bradford@elasto.co.uk

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