Friedrichshafen, Germany — German materials firm Kraiburg TPE GmbH & Co KG plans to add compounding capacity at its headquarters facility next year, and it will open a new U.S. headquarters and manufacturing plant later this year.
The Waldkraiburg, Germany-based firm said it expects global sales to reach about 150 million euros (170.8 million) this year, up from 138 million ($157.1 million) in 2014, with good growth in the automotive sector in particular, said CEO Franz Hinterecker in an interview at the Fakuma trade fair in Friedrichshafen.
At Fakuma the company was showcasing a new thermoplastic elastomer grade, its DW/H series, that it says can replace vinyl, polyethylene or rubber as tubing in drinking water applications.
As well, it was showing new TPE formulations that can be in conjunction with engineering plastics in food-contact applications, or new TPEs for use in automotive seals.
Hinterecker said it was too soon to release details on the German investment, but said a “medium-sized” extrusion line would be added to the existing seven lines in Waldkraiburg.
The company also plans to start production by the end of the year at a previously announced new U.S. headquarters facility in Duluth, Ga., a $15 million investment that will expand capacity there from 6,000 metric tons to 10,000 tons, Hinterecker said.
“We have had good business in the automotive industry, especially in Mexico,” he said.
He also said the company plans to expand manufacturing capacity at its Asian headquarters, in Seri Kembangan, Malaysia, sometime in 2017.