CHICAGO — A unit of resin distributor and compounder Albis Plastic GmbH (Booth N6201) has new product lines and plans North American staff and equipment additions soon, Chairman Hans Kutsch said in an interview at NPE in Chicago. On June 9, Albis agreed to represent the polypropylene line of Epsilon Products Co. of Marcus Hook, Pa., in the United States and, on May 29, committed to represent the polystyrene products of Fina Oil and Chemical Co. of Dallas in North America.
Albis has distributed engineered resins for Bayer Corp. since 1986 and those of BASF Corp. since 1995. In addition, Albis began representing the cellulosics product line of Eastman Chemical Co. in 1990.
``Smaller and middle-sized processors need and depend on people like Albis to provide [compounding] services,'' said Mark Bruner, president of Albis North America.
In the fourth quarter of this year, Albis will add a 40-millimeter twin-screw compounding extruder to its North American headquarters facility in Rosenberg, Texas. The Werner & Pfleiderer unit, valued at more than $600,000, will add flexibility for small lots and custom colors, and shorten lead times, Bruner said.
Albis employs 93 at a Pickering, Ontario, facility that opened in 1986 and has the capacity to compound 40 million pounds per year.
The Texas facility opened in 1990, employs 179, can compound 64 million pounds per year and awaits final ISO 9001 registration for its manufacturing and service operations.
Albis has ISO 9001 registration for operations in Hamburg and Zulpich, Germany, and Manchester, England. The company is based in Hamburg.
In North America, Albis plans within 12 months to add at least 10 technical sales representatives and four market development specialists, bringing those staffs to a total of 45 people.
The firm plans to increase North American annual sales 30-40 percent, Kutsch said.
Albis North America comprises the operations of two legal entities now operating in the United States and Canada that are in the process of merging.
Wolfgang Krahn founded Albis in 1961. The five Albis facilities employ about 1,050, have an annual capacity of 286 million pounds and generated 1996 sales of $409 million.