Teknor Apex Creates New Division with Vast Capabilities For Compounding and Additive Blending on a Toll or Custom Basis

Nov 26, 2001


Companies looking to outsource production of thermoplastic compounds or additive blends now can take advantage of a diversified supplier that is new, yet draws on extensive experience, manufacturing capacity, and technological resources, it was announced today by Teknor Apex Company.

Now established as a separate division, Teknor Specialty Compounding directly operates manufacturing capacity at two U.S. facilities and regularly accesses the capacity of its parent company at eight other U.S. plants and one in Singapore. At the two primary facilities, the new division has added substantial new capacity, including a twin-screw extrusion line in Lodi, Ohio, USA, and a fully automated powder blending plant at Jacksonville, Texas, USA.

“Teknor Specialty Compounding serves customers around the world as an external source of production capacity and gives them access to the formulating experience, process expertise, and analytical capabilities of one of the leading manufacturers of compounds and additive formulations,” said Teknor Apex Vice President Louis R. Cappucci, head of the new division. “Prior to forming Teknor Specialty Compounding, we had diversified into toll manufacture for resin and additive companies, processors seeking to augment their compounding capacity, and industrial end-users whose applications posed special compounding requirements.”

The product capabilities of Teknor Specialty Compounding fall into four areas, according to John J. Politis, newly appointed Market Manager (see accompanying news release):

  • Compounds based on polyolefins, styrenics, vinyls, engineering thermoplastics, urethane and other elastomers, and specialty resins such as fluoropolymers.

  • Additive concentrates providing UV and heat stabilization, impact modification, lubrication, and other functions.

  • Powder blends based on up to seven powder and two liquid ingredients, such as “one-packs” and dry blends (e.g., PVC).

  • Pulverized polyolefins: equipment is available for grinding compounds based on ethylene polymers and copolymers.

“We are fully prepared to supply these products internationally through Teknor Apex’s
worldwide network of sales offices and agents and its newly acquired Singapore Polymer Corporation subsidiary,” said Politis. “In addition, we can provide a valuable production capability in the U.S. for the proprietary products of material suppliers based in other countries.”

Capacity Includes Newly Built and Acquired Plants and Extensive Established Facilities
Teknor Specialty Compounding regularly accesses the full range of production facilities available at Teknor Apex. These include plants at:

Brownsville, Tennessee
Cumberland, Rhode Island
Fountain Inn, South Carolina
Hebronville, Massachusetts
Henderson, Kentucky
Industry, California
Jacksonville, Texas *
Lodi, Ohio *
Pawtucket, Rhode Island **
St. Albans, Vermont

* Primary facilities for Teknor Specialty Compounding
** Also world headquarters for Teknor Apex Company and
the Teknor Specialty Compounding division

“In addition to the extensive network of production facilities available to Teknor Specialty Compounding in the U.S., Teknor Apex’s acquisition of Singapore Polymer Corporation enables us to provide regional production of compounds for customers that are based in Asia or are looking for production there of grades exactly like those made by us in the U.S.,” said Cappucci. Purchased last month, Singapore Polymer Corp. is the largest thermoplastics compounder in the Asia-Pacific region, with a nominal capacity of 155,000,000 lb. (70,000 metric tons).
Teknor Specialty Compounding operates four extrusion compounding lines at
Jacksonville and four at Lodi, a pulverizing facility at Lodi, and low- and high-intensity mixers at Jacksonville. Its analytical laboratories are located in Jacksonville and at Attleboro, Massachusetts.
The new statistical-process-control blending plant at Jacksonville can incorporate up to seven dry-powder and two liquid components into a blend package. Ingredients of differing
densities are each individually weighed to establish exact ratios for each batch in the high-intensity mixer. Heat generated in mixing is subject to precise control to ensure optimum dispersion and wet-out while preventing melting or excess heat history, according to Cappucci.
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