CPM Extrusion, ECON launch new line of underwater pelletizers

Rebecca Kanthor
PLASTICS NEWS CORRESPONDENT

Published: April 23, 2014 11:25 am ET
Updated: April 23, 2014 9:00 pm ET

Image By: Rebecca Kanthor CPM ECON photo: From l to r: Uwe Neumann, ECON, Charles Spearing, Ruiya/Century, Bob Urtel, Century CPM and ECON's underwater pelletizer

Related to this story

Topics Machinery, China, Asia

CPM Extrusion Group and ECON GmbH unveiled their brand new EUPC line of underwater pelletizers today at ChinaPlas held in Shanghai, China.

The EUPC underwater pelletizer was developed in collaboration between ECON, a small Austrian company, and the CPM Extrusion Group, a joint venture consisting of Century Extrusion in Traverse City, Mich., and Ruiya Extrusion in Nanjing China.

“Co-development of the EUPC line has been an exciting opportunity. We look forward to unveiling the EUPC line alongside CPM in Shanghai,” said Gerhard Hehenberger, CEO of ECON, based in Traun, Austria.

The EUPC line is based on the EUP series that ECON built in Austria. The EUPC will feature critical components from ECON’s Austrian factory with noncritical parts, final assembly, and control systems implemented at Century’s Ruiya Extrusion factory in Nanjing.

Bob Urtel, president of Century Extrusion, described the machine line as: “The heart is from Austria and the body is from Asia.”

“It’s a winning combination,” says Uwe Neumann, ECON’s sales director. “That is the reason we expect big success here.”

Underwater pelletizers are a step up from strand pelletizers, Neumann explained. It features higher productivity, faster startup and is safer. There are energy savings of 30 to 50 percent and cleanup is easier.

Both ECON and Century emphasized that their combined underwater pelletizer system offers convenience and cost savings for themselves and their customers.

“Our customers before would buy a machine from Century to do compounding and a machine from ECON to do pelletizing,” Urtel said. “Now customers are buying a compounding system from us to make a pellet. Today we can together take the responsibility of providing a pellet that provides the standards that the customer needs for their application.”

“This is a customer oriented solution” Neumann added. “The costs and investment of the machines is cheaper but the costs on the customer side is also less.”

The system will make it easier for customers, who will only need to sign one contract and deal with only one after-sales service provider, they said.

The machine will be sold in all of Asia, except India.

“We have this machine that is cost competitive, but it has the features of the highest level machines in the world,” said Charles Spearing, general manager of Ruiya Extrusion. “I expect the hottest spot will be multinationals in China or leading domestic producers.”

Currently the machine is available in three sizes and the companies aim to each sell five to 10 machines per year. While the pelletizer had only been on display for a few hours when the two companies spoke with Plastics News at ChinaPlas, Neumann said he’d already noticed interest.

“I saw a lot of guys standing around the machine and looking at the chambers and so on,” he said.


Comments

CPM Extrusion, ECON launch new line of underwater pelletizers

Rebecca Kanthor
PLASTICS NEWS CORRESPONDENT

Published: April 23, 2014 11:25 am ET
Updated: April 23, 2014 9:00 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Smartphone work adds 52 percent to sales for China's Eva Precision

September 18, 2014 4:37 pm ET

Growth in supplying the smartphone and automotive industries helped Chinese processor Eva Precision Holdings Ltd. push injection molding sales up 52...    More

Image

Bill Kent named Thermoformer of the Year

September 18, 2014 12:11 pm ET

Bill Kent flew 6 million miles in a 50-year career at Brown Machine LLC — where he began assembling thermoforming machinery on the factory...    More

Image

China's Polymax Elastomer launches U.S. production in Illinois

September 17, 2014 3:35 pm ET

Chinese materials maker Polymax Elastomer Technology Co. Ltd. has opened a North American production site and headquarters in Waukegan, Ill.    More

Image

Flexibility for complexity key for Brampton

September 16, 2014 11:26 am ET

Blown film machinery maker Brampton Engineering Inc. is well positioned to meet growing demand for complex film structures, highly customized...    More

Image

US plastics machinery market still gaining strength in second quarter

September 15, 2014 5:01 pm ET

UPDATED — U.S. plastics machinery shipments in the second quarter continued to outperform activity in 2013, according to data from Society of th...    More

Market Reports

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Shale Gas Market - Analysis of North American Region

This report highlights the impact of shale-based natural gas on the North American plastics market and features an in-depth analysis of production trends in the United States during 2013 and a forecast for 2014 and beyond.

Learn more

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook – North America

This in-depth report analyzes economic and market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as growth strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events