Dutch additive masterbatch specialist Addcomp Holland BV has opened a new facility in Rochester Hills, Mich., to serve customers in North America.
The 16,050-square-foot facility provides distribution and technical support, including a materials-analysis laboratory for melt-flow, density and moisture- content data.
Primarily intended for quality-management purposes, the lab also will enable the company to develop custom products for local customers.
We can now bring in full-container shipments of products from our manufacturing plants in Europe and ship them from here in less-than-truckload quantities, said Louis Martin, business development director for Addcomp North America Inc.
This capability will allow our customers to accept products on schedules closely aligned with their production needs. It should significantly reduce their work-in-progress inventories and greatly simplify logistics planning and budgeting, he said.
Founded in 1997, Nijverdal, Netherlands-based Addcomp develops and produces one-pack additive systems, including compacted and masterbatch products, for polyolefin, polystyrene, polyester and polyamide applications. It supplies a range of processing sectors, including injection molding, blow molding, and film and profile extrusion.
While initially intended as a service center for customers in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, Addcomp's long-term aim is to manufacture additives at Rochester Hills, according to Martin.
For the first year, we expect to concentrate on helping polymer manufacturers discover which of our masterbatches or compacts will provide the greatest benefits over the long haul. When the needs and benefits are clearly identified, these resources can serve as the basis for local manufacturing, he said.
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