Flontech USA LLC has launched construction on a fluoropolymer compounding plant in Pittston, Pa.
The 20,000-square-foot plant is set to open by the end of the year and will have annual capacity of almost 2 million pounds, Flontech marketing and sales director Earl Johnson said recently by phone.
The facility will employ 45 and produce more than 600 different fluoropolymer-based compounds for the automotive, aerospace and chemical-processing industries. The cost of construction was not revealed.
Flontech is a joint venture between fluoropolymer compounder Flontech srl of Ospitaletto, Italy, and etchant maker Acton Technologies Inc. The plant is being built adjacent to Acton's plant in Pittston, where it is based.
Flontech srl, owned by Helmut Stockelmann, operates plants in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Ospitaletto. The firm posted sales growth of 40 percent between 2003 and 2004. Strong growth has continued in 2005, officials said.
Acton, owned by Kevin Nelson, makes FluoroEtch-brand etchants in Pittston and at a plant in Adare, Ireland. Etchants are used to bond fluoropolymer parts to parts made from other materials. Acton employs 60 and operates a total of 60,000 square feet of manufacturing space.
Terence Neville, Acton vice president and general manager, also has a small ownership stake in Flontech USA.
The plant will operate using Flontech's proprietary technologies for refining, micronizing, compounding and pelletizing, Johnson said. He added that the firm's customers typically are able to improve margins because of the smaller size and increased softness of its pellets, which makes them easier to process. The compounds sell for an average of $7 per pound.
Flontech USA also will operate a warehouse in Houston.