Encoma Ltd. has entered the high density polyethylene pipe extrusion market with a new factory in Elm Creek, Manitoba.
The plant is equipped with technology from KraussMaffei Extrusion GmbH that enables plant operators to change pipe dimensions without retooling.
Founded in 2020, Encoma began producing multi-layer HDPE pipe for water, geothermal, cable and under-floor heating applications in fall 2021 at a 63,000-square-foot facility about 50 minutes west of Winnipeg
The family owned manufacturer is the first in North America to use KraussMaffei's QuickSwitch system, which automatically adjusts pipe dimensions. The core component of each line is an adjustable calibration basket that can be set to new pipe dimensions at the touch of a button without having to stop the production line.
Encoma is producing pipes with diameters ranging between 25 and 63 mm (1 to 2½ inches) for commercial, residential and agricultural customers on the first of three lines to be installed at the Manitoba site.