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Lord, the Brazilian subsidiary of the North American Lord Corporation, has doubled its capacity for manufacturing structural adhesives.
“With the acquisition of additional equipment, we now have the potential to produce 800 tons of adhesives per year,” says Julio César Perez, director of Lord for South America.
Lord Structural adhesives – with an epoxy, polyurethane or acrylate base – are used for gluing metal, plastic and fibreglass reinforced plastic (FRP). “In the case of the automobile repair industry, the adhesives replace the conventional solder used in joining various parts, such as door panels and ceiling sheets. They can also be used for maintenance of polypropylene and FRP bumpers,” explains Perez.
In the USA, Lord structural adhesives are also used by companies that specialize in the manufacture of signs, boats and special vehicles such as ambulances. “In Brazil, these markets are beginning to wake up to the advantages that the adhesives offer,” he says. So much so that Lord has already designated a group of professionals to attend exclusively to these areas.
Investments in the expansion of the adhesive plant totalled US$ 500 thousand and also include the construction of a new warehouse of nearly 700 m². “Before the expansion, we were working in three shifts and to the limit of our capacity”, Perez remembers. Now, the average occupation rate of the structural adhesives production unit is around 60%.
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