DÜSSELDORF, GERMANY (Nov. 13, 9:55 a.m. EST) — Facing a large volume of export business, Extrusion Dies Inc. has launched a new service facility in England to provide better access for customers.
EDI, based in Chippewa Falls, Wis., opened the 3,000-square-foot building Nov. 1 to focus initially on die repair and remanufacturing, said John Ulcej, executive vice president of engineering and technology.
Eventually, the company will turn the facility in Leicester, England, into a full-service center for technical assistance and spare parts, said Ulcej, interviewed Oct. 25 during K 2001 in Dusseldorf.
“Our business has always been about 50 percent export,” Ulcej said. “We've been in the European market since the beginning. We're already strong in Germany and now we'll be stronger in England.”
The company claims to be the world's largest supplier of flat-die systems for cast film, sheet and coatings, shipping more than 500 dies and coextrusion feedblocks each year.
The company, started in 1971, has another European subsidiary, EDI Europe, based in Wiehl- Hubender, Germany. The German operation started three years ago and has handled the bulk of the company's European service business, Ulcej said.
Previously, the company had licensed rework service for its dies to G. Perry & Sons, based in Leicester. The new office will be managed by former G. Perry employees. The new subsidiary will employ four to six people and be named Extrusion Dies U.K.
The company also works with a series of agents in Latin America, Australia. Asia, the Middle East and other regions of Europe. In addition to the German and British rework facilities, servicing also is provided at an EDI plant in Japan.