Schutz GmbH & Co. KG, a global maker of plastic drums and intermediate bulk containers headquartered in Selters, Germany, is opening a 645,000-square-foot factory in Moerdijk, the Netherlands.
It will be the second-largest production site for Schutz, except for the company's headquarters.
The firm will install three- and six-layer blow molding machinery. The six-layer equipment will enable Schutz to make IBCs with barrier layers, and even electrically conductive containers. The factory also will make polyethylene drums as well as steel drums.
Schutz also has developed a conductive plastic drum using nanotechnology. The F1-Ex-Nano uses carbon nanotubes from Bayer MaterialScience AG of Leverkusen, Germany. Under the process created by Schutz, the drum is plasticized in three layers. The thin outer layer contains the nanotubes, making the drum conductive.
In the future, the company said, carbon nanotubes will be able to fully replace carbon black in the drums. Nanotechnology also improves the drum's resistance to cold and chemicals.
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