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 Asia, China, Machinery

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

Haitian's standardization efforts paying off

August 29, 2014 9:53 am ET

Streamlined design efforts and robust export sales helped propel Ningbo, China-based injection molding machine manufacturer Haitian International...    More

Image

American Starlinger-Sahm begins work on new US headquarters

August 29, 2014 10:18 am ET

American Starlinger-Sahm Inc., which sells equipment for woven plastic bag production, PET recycling equipment, sheet extrusion and laminating lines...    More

Image

Green trend boosts plastic building materials business in China

August 29, 2014 9:42 am ET

The greening of China's domestic building materials market is giving the plastics industry a boost.    More

Image

Sidel opens training center in Mexico

August 29, 2014 9:00 am ET

Swiss machinery company Sidel Group has opened a new training center in Guadalajara, Mexico, featuring a virtual factory environment, augmented...    More

Image

Obituary: Frank Nissel, Welex Inc. co-founder

August 28, 2014 1:01 pm ET

Friends, family and business acquaintances will remember Nissel as an urbane, outgoing machinery executive, an expert on extrusion, a globalist who co...    More

Market Reports

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

Pipe, Profile & Tubing Extrusion in North America 2014

U.S. demand for extruded plastics is expected to grow by 3 percent in 2014, with PVC remaining the largest segment.

Plastic pipe will post the strongest gains through 2018, continuing to take market share from competing materials in a range of markets.

Our latest market report provides in-depth analysis of current trends and their financial impact on the pipe, profile and tubing extrusion industry in North America.

Learn more

2014 Injection Molding Industry Report

GROWTH, OPPORTUNITY IN SIGHT FOR INJECTION MOLDERS IN 2014

In the wake of the economic turbulence earlier in this decade, molders today find themselves in much better shape. Molders are gaining a competitive advantage by investing in people, equipment and seeking inroads into new markets on a global scale.

Growth in the injection molding industry is going to be driven by low financing costs and a continued move to reshore some business.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

September 10, 2014 - September 12, 2014Plastics Caps & Closures 2014

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

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

More Events