RTP expands very long fiber thermoplastic production to Mexico

By Michael Lauzon
Correspondent

Published: August 19, 2014 9:47 am ET
Updated: August 19, 2014 9:53 am ET

Image By: RTP Co. RTP's very long fiber plastics are used in consumer goods and the auto market.

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Topics Materials, Latin America, Mexico, South America, United States, Automotive, Consumer Products, Materials Suppliers

RTP Co. has introduced very long fiber reinforced compounds at its Monterrey, Mexico, facility.

The project includes a pultrusion line to make VLF strands from glass fiber and thermoplastics. Strands are then cut to form pellets.

Eric Lee, business manager for structural products, said in a phone interview that the new VLF line complements others RTP lines in Minnesota, Indiana, Germany and China since the Monterrey startup in May.

RTP said the Monterrey line ensures consistent supply for global customers in Mexico, Brazil and other markets in South and Central America that make parts for consumer goods, automotive and other markets.

RTP said VLF compounds based on polypropylene, nylon and other engineering resins allow cutting weight, particularly important in automotive as OEMs strive to meet fuel efficiency standards.

“By adding VLF production capacity to our Monterrey plant, we are well positioned to meet the increasing demand for compounds that provide strong, rigid, yet lightweight solutions common to many application needs,” according to Lee.

Overall, RTP of Winona, Minn., produces thermoplastic compounds at 12 locations worldwide.


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RTP expands very long fiber thermoplastic production to Mexico

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Updated: August 19, 2014 9:53 am ET

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