In response to demand from the U.S. mining industry, geomembrane and liner manufacturer Agru America Inc. has added capacity at its plant in Fernley, Nev.
The company has added a new, twin-screw, high-production extruder at the facility for a total of three extrusion lines, according to an Aug. 30 news release.
In 2012, the company will install two additional machines with co-extrusion capabilities. The machines will make resins and multicolored liners.
“This increase in production capabilities will bring a sigh of relief in the Western mining industry,” Clark West, Western region manager, said in the release. “Precious and base metals prices are rising steadily and, with the quantities of these materials in the West, [are] causing many mines to expand and new mines to start up, increasing demand for the environmentally protective liners such as we produce in our Fernley plant.”
Privately owned Agru Kunststofftechnik GmbH was founded in 1948 in Bad Hall, Austria. It operates plants in Austria, the U.S., India and Thailand, and employs 650, according to its website.
U.S. subsidiary Agru Americas is headquartered in Georgetown. Using the flat-die extrusion calendar process, the company makes structured geomembranes for the U.S. and international civil/ environmental markets.
Its liners include Smooth Liner, Micro Spike, Super Gripnet and Drain Liner in both linear low and high density PE. It makes HDPE and polypropylene concrete protection liners as well as a range of pipe and pipe fittings.