Penoplex Holding, a Russian maker of extruded foam polystyrene insulation boards, has purchased three extrusion lines from Berstorff GmbH of Hanover, Germany.
The machines are Berstorff's ZE/KE Schaumtandex lines, a combination of twin- and single-screw extruders.
Penoplex, based in Kirishi, Russia, near St. Petersburg, added the lines to its new factory in the Russian city of Perm.
The company's goal is to boost its production capacity and reach a 90 percent market share for the foam boards, which are used for insulating basement walls and floor panels and to reinforce and insulate roads and airport runways. In the pavement insulation applications, the boards are buried, so they prevent the upper layer of the ground from melting, avoiding frost heave and damage to pavement.
Another Russian application: to insulate oil and gas pipelines.
Berstorff provided all the equipment, including the extruders and downstream equipment such as in-line board processing, recycling and packaging.
The company's U.S. headquarters, Berstorff Corp., is in Florence, Ky.
Tel. 859-283-0200, fax 859-283-1860.