Teknor Apex Co. will begin production on a new twin-screw compounding line at its plant in Jacksonville, Texas, by the end of the first quarter.
Officials with Pawtucket, R.I.-based Teknor announced the move in a Jan. 17 news release.
The new line will add 5 million pounds of annual compounding capacity in Jacksonville. It will be used to make highly filled compounds, specialty alloys and similar materials.
The line will expand Teknor's ability to supply proprietary materials and to make compounds for other suppliers on a toll basis, officials said. It will be the company's third extrusion line at the site and will be operated by the firm's Specialty Compounding division.
Teknor also performs powder and additive blending in Jacksonville and produces color concentrates at a separate facility there.
The company makes polyolefin-based compounds in Jacksonville, including a material used in cap liners for carbonated soft drinks.
The expansion will be the second in the first quarter of 2011 for Teknor.
The firm previously announced it would install a new thermoplastic elastomer compounding line that would add 8 million pounds of annual capacity at its plant in Oldbury, England.
Teknor Apex compounds PVC as well as TPEs and engineering resins. The company also is a major manufacturer of garden hose. The 86-year-old firm ranks as one of North America's 30 largest compounders and concentrates producers and has annual sales estimated at more than $600 million.