Pelletron Corp. has started a company in Germany, called Pelletroneurope GmbH, to meet demand there for its DeDuster and pneumatic-conveying equipment and components such as rotary and diverter valves.
Lancaster, Pa.-based Pelletron is building a 4,600-square-foot building in Vogt, Germany, according to President and CEO Heinz Schneider. He said that figure includes about 4,000 square feet of warehouse and assembly space.
Schneider said the company has enjoyed growing business in Europe, where industrial customers would rather buy, in euros, from a local operation. In Lancaster, Pelletron designs and engineers its products, but outsources production to local suppliers.
The company plans to ship its equipment from Lancaster to Pelletroneurope, and the German operation will handle final assembly and components, such as motors, preferred by European customers, he said.
Pelletroneurope's managing director is Peter Siebentritt, former representative of Pelletron's sales agency, Momatech GmbH. Other managing directors are Schneider and Paul Wagner.
Schneider and Wagner took top positions at Pelletron beginning in 2003, and bought shares over time from the firm's founder, Jerry Paulson. Schneider and Wagner completed the buyout in early 2009.
Wagner is vice president of Pelletron.
Pelletron has developed new lines of the DeDuster and rotary valves for this year. The DeDuster is used to separate dust, fines and fluff from resin pellets.
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