Recently established compounder Novoplas Inc. has begun production on its first line, a twin-screw Pomini extruder, in Anjou, Quebec.
Novoplas will focus on engineering compounds based on PET, polycarbonate, polypropylene, ethylene vinyl acetate and other resins, said Larry Koester, marketing and sales manager for Lavergne Group USA, a subsidiary of Lavergne Group, the Anjou-based parent company of Novoplas. He estimates the 95-millimeter extruder can compound 20 million pounds per year.
Novoplas has developed PET/PC alloys and thermoplastic polyolefins for applications such as garden tractor components, Koester said in an interview. It also is working on fiberglass-filled PET/PC alloys and PET, including compounds using post-consumer PET resin sourced from another Lavergne affiliate.
Lavergne is majority owner of Petco Plastics Inc., which can recycle as much as 30 million pounds per year of PET flake from post-consumer bottles. Petco sells most of its recycled material to strapping producers and other outside customers, but another Lavergne firm, Les Plastiques Petco Inc., converts recycled PET into sheet.
Lavergne Group's total sales are C$30 million (US$21 million) annually.