NEW YORK — Two 10-year veteran employees of Krupp Werner & Pfleiderer Corp. have left the extruder maker to start a toll compounding operation — with W&P machines.
Arash Kiani and Fred Burbank are forming Compounding Engineering Solutions Inc. It will start by focusing on continuous rubber compounding, but soon plans to add a variety of plastics. CES will offer expertise in alloying and reactive compounding of resins, including polyolefins, urethanes, nylons and styrenes. Markets will include specialty film additives and highly filled compounds for appliance and automotive uses.
Kiani, CES president, and Burbank, its vice president, expect to begin production this summer at a 33,000-square-foot plant in Clifton, N.J. They plan to hire about 15 employees.
W&P of Ramsey, N.J., delivered a ZSK70 Megacompounder to CES on May 7. Screws on that high-output machine can run as fast as 900 revolutions per minute.
At a news conference announcing CES during Antec in New York, Asmut Kahns, W&P vice president of sales and marketing, said he believes this is the first Megacompounder going to a U.S. custom compounder. Until now, only resin firms have bought the machines, he said. A smaller ZSK40 extruder is coming in June.
Kiani was W&P's manager of technical compounding. Burbank was its consulting process engineer. The partners are promoting their processing expertise and problem-solving ability.
While at W&P, they developed a screw for rubber that minimizes heat buildup and uses a shorter extruder. The screw allows rubber to be compounded continuously, an improvement over traditional batch compounding, according to CES.
Burbank said the company is studying the design for processing thermoplastic elastomers.
W&P owns the technology. Kahns said there are no financial ties between W&P and CES.