PlastiComp to Open Technical Development Centre

22 April 2004

PlastiComp’s new 15,000 square foot building in Winona will be devoted to developing Pushtrusion Direct Long Fibre Thermoplastics (D-LFT) technology processes.

PlastiComp will demonstrate new equipment and processes, profile Pushtrusion technology under a variety of process conditions and develop prototypes of new D-LFT machinery. Opportunities will also be available for customers to develop processes specific to their businesses on working production lines, and perform test runs of Pushtrusion machinery prior to shipping.

“Our Technical Development Centre will help us more fully profile the Pushtrusion process and evaluate parts production under typical processing conditions,” said company President Steve Bowen

“Most importantly, it gives us the ability to work more closely with our customers to develop processes that improve their products, as well as their profits. It’s a big step in positioning Pushtrusion technology into a rapid market growth phase, and to work with our customers to demonstrate how they can take advantage of D-LFT,” Bowen continued.

Pushtrusion technology combines fibres and molten polymers directly in-line as parts are formed, eliminating the need for pre-compounded resin pellets. Moulders can set and maintain precise fibre lengths. Composite product performance is claimed to be improved, while material costs are lowered dramatically.

PlastiComp is the sole source for the Pushtrusion Direct Long-Fibre Thermoplastics (D-LFT) process.

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