Materials firm Penn Color Inc. is expanding its Dutch plant in a move that will double production capacity there for color and additive concentrates.
Penn Color's plant in Venray, the Netherlands, will expand by 21,500 square feet, officials with the Doylestown, Pa.-based firm said in a Sept. 18 news release. The project is set to be completed in October. Officials added that the move is needed because of “continued rapid growth in Europe.”
The expansion will include a new twin-screw extrusion line with multiple raw material blending and feeding options. It's the second time in five years that the Venray site is growing. In 2010, Penn Color added four compounding lines, lab equipment and production and warehouse space there.
Earlier this year, Penn Color installed several pieces of new lab equipment at its plastics R&D center in Hatfield, Pa. A 100,000-square-foot manufacturing expansion will begin in Hatfield by the end of 2015.
Penn Color has annual sales of more than $200 million, and ranks as one of North America's 30 largest makers of compounds and concentrates.