MEXICO CITY (Oct. 6, 3 p.m. ET) — By the end of the year, compounder A. Schulman Inc. will install a new twin-screw extrusion line at its Mexican plant, along with a pair of pulverizing lines that will allow the firm to make rotomolding powders in the country for the first time.
“We're refocusing on the rotomolding market,” rotational molding business manager Greg LeFevre said Oct. 5 at the Plastimagen 2011 trade show in Mexico City. “Most of the growth [in Mexico] is in rotomolded water tanks, which are common in developing countries.”
The pulverizers are being moved to Schulman's plant in San Luis Potosi from a plant that recently closed in Nashville, Tenn. The new twin-screw line is needed because of growth in compounds based on engineering plastics in the automotive market, according to Sotero Rivera, quality assurance manager at the San Luis Potosi plant.
The new line will be Schulman's 11th compounding line at the 16-year-old site, joining six other twin-screw lines, a single-screw line and three continuous mixers. The installation of the new line and pulverizers also will create several new jobs at the site, Rivera said.
Fairlawn, Ohio-based Schulman ranks as one of North America's largest makers of compounds and concentrates.