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Müller Kunststoffe to expand TPE capacity and build technical centre in Germany


Müller Kunststoffe, the German arm of the HEXPOL TPE group, has announced plans to expand capacity with an additional TPE production line. 

The new line is expected to come on stream in the first quarter of 2014 and will increase TPE production by around 4,800 tonnes per annum, bringing the capacity of the HEXPOL TPE group, which also includes the ELASTO businesses in Sweden, UK and China, to more than 65,000 tonnes.

The new line will increase capacity for the group’s Lifoflex and Dryflex TPE compounds, the portfolio includes several fully customisable series including halogen-free flame retardancy, conductive, 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 600sqm 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 together with advanced polymer testing and analytical equipment.

Georg Ender, managing director at Müller Kunststoffe explained, “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.”

The investment is another sign of HEXPOL TPE’s progress as a key and growing player in the TPE market. The group opened their ELASTO China TPE production facility in Foshan in 2013 as well as capacity expansion and technology investment at their sites in Sweden and the UK.

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

About HEXPOL TPE
HEXPOL TPE 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-Pacific 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.

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

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