Inhance Technologies LLC is moving its St. Louis operations to a larger facility nearby that will allow it to double production capacity and increase its staff there by more than 15 percent to 40 employees. The new site will also give the company two and a half times its current warehouse space.
Production at the 75,000-square-foot facility is to begin the week of March 8, Patricia van Ee, the company's chief commercial officer, said via email. The entire move should be completed this month.
Inhance Technologies provides fluorination barrier and surface technologies. Its offerings include Enkase, a fully recyclable barrier technology for packaging, and DuraBloc, a barrier process for fuel systems.
"We know consumers are favoring more recyclable plastics, especially in packaging, and the demand for … Enkase has increased dramatically over the last few years," van Ee said in a news release.
Michael Koma, Inhance Technologies' chief operating officer, said in the news release the move will allow the company to meet that demand "as product brands, retailers and consumers make a conscious choice to [use] more sustainable plastics."
Just last year, the company moved its Houston headquarters to a new facility, where it opened a science and technology center with increased testing and analytical capabilities.
Inhance was founded in 1983 as Fluoro-Seal International LLP and changed its name in 2013. In 2012, it was bought by purchased by Arsenal Capital Partners, which sold it in 2018 to Aurora Equity Partners. The following year, Inhance acquired Lautenbach, Germany-based Fluor Technik System GmbH, which provides post-mold fluorination technology.
In addition to automotive and packaging, Inhance's end markets include health care, consumer products, crop protection, fuel systems and industrial. It has 20 facilities, including its Houston headquarters and regional offices in Mexico, Germany, Brazil and Australia.