Müller Kunststoffe, a leading developer and manufacturer of thermoplastic elastomer compounds (TPE compounding) and the German branch 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 Lichtenfels, Germany in the first quarter of 2014, increasing the company's TPE production annually by around 4,800 metric tons. The expansion will bring the capacity of the Hexpol TPE group, which also includes the Elasto businesses in Sweden, UK and China, to more than 65,000 metric tons. This most recent investment follows the opening of the group's Elasto China TPE production facility in Foshan in 2013, and the capacity expansion and technology investment at their sites in Sweden and the UK. The latest expansion may be seen as another sign of Hexpol TPE's ongoing striving for growth and its ambition to function as a key player in the TPE market.
The new line will increase capacity for the group's Lifoflex and Dryflex TPE compounds. Among the compounds in this portfolio are several fully customizable series, including halogen-free flame retardants, conductive compounds, adhesion grades for multi-component applications, food contact grades and compounds offering improved compression set performance.