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Huntsman to make more RenShape boards

By: Frank Esposito

August 2, 2013

THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS — Huntsman Corp. has increased production capacity for its RenShape-brand polymer composite boards at its plant in East Lansing, Mich.

Huntsman — based in The Woodlands — has installed a new production line at the site. RenShape boards are CNC-machinable modeling and tooling boards. The new equipment produces multiple board sizes on a single machine and features a dedicated feed system to accommodate several board types simultaneously.

With the new equipment, Huntsman “streamlined operating efficiency, increased throughput and enhanced our ability to quickly respond to growing market demands for modeling and tooling boards,” said Monte Edlund, vice president for advanced materials Americas, in an Aug. 1 news release.

RenShape boards are used in building high-accuracy, dimensionally stable models and tooling. Freeman Manufacturing & Supply Co. of Avon, Ohio, serves as Huntsman’s exclusive distributor of RenShape boards.

Huntsman ranks as a major producer of polyurethane and other specialty materials. The firm employs 12,000 worldwide and has annual sales of more than $11 billion.