Senoplast USA Inc. will more than double extrusion capacity at its Queretaro, Mexico, production plant in a $9 million expansion due for completion in October.
The Aurora, Ill., firm is installing a second coextrusion line and doubling floor space to 64,600 square feet, it announced April 18. The new line will be able to make Senosan-brand sheet as wide as 120 inches, up from the 87-inch width capability of its existing coextrusion line, said Senoplast USA President Gunter Klepsch in a telephone interview from Queretaro.
Applications for coex sheet in sanitary markets such as bath and shower enclosures, whirlpool tubs and sinks are a key driving force for the expansion, Klepsch said. Typical constructions will be ABS/acrylic, ABS-polycarbonate alloy/acrylic and ABS/acrylic styrene acrylonitrile.
Klepsch said the multilayer sheets also are aimed at automotive, transportation, appliances and other exterior and interior markets. The United States and Canada are the major destinations for such sheet, but Mexico's market is also developing, he added.
Senoplast originally planned the expansion in 2005 but faced delays. Klepsch said his firm has bought 6 more acres of land in Queretaro for future expansion. The company, a subsidiary of Senoplast Klepsch & Co. KG, of Piesendorf, Austria, has been producing sheet in Mexico for six years.
``This expansion in our capacity will help Senoplast more quickly respond to our customers, and help trim our custom manufacturing lead times,'' Klepsch said.
Senoplast's product lines include coex sheets also sold for signage, furniture, agriculture, luggage and medical equipment. Most of what the firm sells in North America it makes in Mexico but it does import from Europe specialty films designed to replace painting.