Premier Material Concepts has installed a third extrusion line to keep up with growth in sheet sales.
The division of Rowmark Inc. invested about $300,000 in the new coextrusion line, a Welex model, and a hair-cell texturizing roll, according to Eric Hausserman, PMC director. PMC began running the extrusion line in early April at its Findlay, Ohio, plant, Hausserman said in a telephone interview. The Welex system includes a 21/2-inch main extruder, a 11/4-inch satellite extruder and a 34-inch-diameter die. The line can make sheet roll stock up to 24 inches in diameter and in thicknesses of 0.005-0.08 inch.
Hausserman said PMC's growth is mainly in sheet sold to custom thermoformers. Among its fastest-growing products are thermoplastic sheet capped with thermoplastic elastomer and TPE laminated to plastic foam for nonslip marine applications. Coextruding TPE is one of the division's strengths, Hausserman said. It also extrudes ABS, high-impact polystyrene, acrylics, polypropylene and polyethylene. Other markets are point-of-purchase displays and custom fabrication.
Rowmark established PMC about a year ago when its sheet sales business grew large enough to need its own identity. PMC shares the Findlay plant and extrusion lines with Rowmark, whose traditional businesses have been engraving and signage materials.
PMC's hair-cell roll, supplied by Mold-Tech of Youngstown, Ohio, will be installed on its 76-inch-wide extrusion line, Hausserman said.
The roll will produce standard surface textures demanded by many thermoformers. The Findlay site also offers secondary services such as laminating and hot-stamped foils.