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Expansion of SP’s North American Plant Makes Four Week Lead Times a Reality

24 March 2005

SP has successfully completed an expansion programme at its North American Core-Cell production facility in Magog, Quebec.

This growth has enabled the company to triple production of Core-Cell products and therefore reduce customer supply lead times to an impressive four weeks. At a time when other composite suppliers are struggling to meet demand, SP feels confident this announcement will bring welcome relief to customers requiring high grade core materials.

The SP North America expansion programme was undertaken in two distinct phases. Successfully completed in Spring 2004, phase one involved the consolidation of the two former ATC production sites, Drummondville and Magog, into one state-of-the-art facility at Magog. Phase two was the enlargement of the Magog site’s existing manufacturing capabilities. The main thrust of the expansion was increasing manufacturing floor space from 150 000sq ft to 250 000sq ft, purchasing of additional production equipment and the consolidation of laboratories and customer support functions at the one site.

Commenting on the completion of the site’s expansion, James Austin, President of SP North America remarked, “We are delighted to have completed the second phase of our Core-Cell expansion plan. We now have a solid foundation for establishing SP as a global player in the structural core market. The new facility gives us significant capacity with which we look to sell into SP’s target markets.”

The Core-Cell range includes:
A-Grade foam: unique strength and elongation properties
P-Grade foam: similar performance to A-Grade but improved process temperature resistance
T-Grade foam: closely matches the performance of traditional crosslinked PVC materials
K-Grade foam: suitable for high temperature applications, ordinarily the preserve of high cost PMI foams
S-Grade foam: used for sub-sea buoyancy applications.