Armacell Expands Crosslinked Polyethylene Manufacturing in US
20 October 2017
Armacell, a global leader in flexible foam for the equipment insulation market and a leading provider of engineered foams, announces an expansion of its polyolefin capabilities in North America to support continued market growth and the increasing demand for lightweight, cost-effective materials for a variety of markets and end uses.
Armacell will be expanding its crosslinked polyethylene (XPE) “bun” or block manufacturing capabilities in its Spencer, West Virginia facility to complement the existing capabilities in South Holland, Illinois. The company will be able to service the Central and West Coast business from its Illinois facility while supporting East Coast business from the West Virginia facility. This move will double the current capacity for the most popular PE buns to support forecasted business from its largest customers.
Together with the West Virginia bun line expansion, Armacell will also be expanding continuous XPE roll and sheet production in the newly-acquired Yukon, Oklahoma plant with the installation of high-performance roll lines. This expansion supports XPE customers with the latest technology available in the market. The Illinois facility will be upgraded to continue to support the company’s Midwest and East Coast roll and sheet customer base.
These changes will confirm Armacell as the leader in expanded foam materials and bring state-of-the-art technology to its customer base. New equipment installation is underway now through Q1 2018 and production is expected to begin in Summer 2018.