Albis Plastics Corp. a U.S. subsidiary of Hamburg, Germany-based plastics compounder Albis Plastic GmbH, has opened a new manufacturing site in Duncan, S.C., where it will supply prime technical compounds under the Alcom und Altech brands to the market.
The new production facility, which was officially inaugurated on Aug 31 — following an earlier start of production in July 2017 — has a nameplate capacity of 30 million pounds per year.
“With this new manufacturing plant we are delivering on our promise to support our customers and business partners on a global basis, while supplying them with products out of local production," says Stefan Fuhlendorf, regional sales director Americas for Albis Plastic.
Up until now, Albis had products for the North American market produced by a local tolling partner or imported from Europe.
Albis said in a Sept. 4 news release that the new plant will give the company a higher degree of flexibility with regards to product availability and lead times.
Additionally, the new plant increases the company's presence in the NAFTA region.
“Duncan is an ideal location due to South Carolina being an important hub of the automotive industry. It provides us with a very good access to global OEMs and their suppliers in the US as well as in Mexico,” according to Fuhlendorf.
Albis has been active on the North American market since 1968 and currently employs 100 employees in the Americas region. The company also owns a subsidiary in Monterrey, Mexico, Albis Plastic Mexico S. de R.L. de C.V.