Engineered polymer tubing extruder Zeus Inc. plans to expand capacity at its Aiken, S.C., plant.
Zeus will add extrusion and heat-shrink production lines in the multimillion-dollar project, the firm announced July 20. There is enough space at the 83,000-square-foot Aiken operation to accommodate the extra machinery, Zeus marketing director Karl Graffte said in a telephone interview.
``The recent turnaround in the global economy has significantly increased demand for precision fluoropolymer extrusions in nearly all of our markets served,'' said President and Chief Operating Officer John Worley.
The extra capacity also will help prevent any interruptions in supply, since it duplicates what Aiken makes at its other four locations. The Aiken operation was established in 1999.
Graffte said the Aiken expansion should be complete within a few months. He said few equipment details are being disclosed, but he did indicate Zeus makes its own production lines for polytetrafluoroethylene extrusion. The firm buys extruders for some of the other polymers it processes, including melt fluoropolymer, polyetheretherketone, heat-shrink tubing, nylon and other engineering resins. Key markets are medical, automotive, electrical, fluid handling and mechanical goods.
Last year, Zeus completed an expansion at its Orangeburg, S.C., headquarters plant to meet growth in fluoropolymer and nylon tubing.
Zeus was founded in 1966 by Frank Tourville, a pioneer in the extrusion of fluoropolymer tubing. He continues in the business as chief executive officer and his sons hold management positions in the firm.