Core materials specialist DIAB is midway through a major expansion programme at its Laholm plant in Sweden.
This multi-million Euro investment will be completed in the third quarter of 2007, although the company is already reaping the benefits in terms of a significant production increases at the Laholm plant. The end result will be a doubling of foam production capacity compared to 2006.
The production expansion in Sweden follows on from a similar ‘capacity doubling exercise’ for its Divinycell H and HP grades at its DeSoto, Texas, USA plant. In addition DIAB has recently established a new facility in DeSoto to manufacture Divinycell F, the new low FST core that has been specially developed for commercial aircraft and train interiors. Other significant investments in the last 12 months have been new kit lines in the USA and China and the decision to open a sales, technical support and finishing operation in Chonburi, Thailand.
Commenting on the expansion, Anders Paulsson, CEO of DIAB, said, “The significant investments we have made to increase capacity are driven by a sustained increase in demand for our polymer core materials from all market segments. However, we are undoubtedly seeing the biggest increase in demand from the wind energy industry in Europe, the USA and Asia.”
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