Milliken & Co. Announces Expansion of Production in Germany
Latest: Milliken is expanding its acquisition of Germany’s Zebra-chem last March
The facilities and capacity acquired by the company GmbH. Zebra-chem is a specialist synthesizer and chemical company producing additive and blowing agent concentrates for polyolefins, PVC and engineering thermoplastics.
The expansion will allow Bad, which Milliken & Co. will acquire by the end of the year
Production capacity at the Bentheim plant increased by 60%. Milliken & Co. plans to install new production equipment and hire more employees at the plant, which will be renamed Birch
I, it also built a new warehouse nearby called Birch
II. Milliken & Company has been a trailblazer in sustainability for more than a century, and the company’s tradition of naming its factories after trees is a tribute to the company’s core values.
Tugce Asici-van, Sales Manager, Milliken & Company
Houselt said: “We are seeing very strong value-added demand for these products in several end markets, and our customer base has welcomed our broader solutions portfolio. These facilities will continue to serve global markets with a focus on EMEA .”
Viscosity modifiers and modifiers from the German factory can increase the melt flow of recycled PP resins with little loss of physical properties, allowing more recycled content to be used by processors and brands without compromising overall performance.
“The Milliken & Company is known for its sustainable innovation.” Wim Van de Milliken & Company, Global Vice President, Plastics Additives Business Unit
Velde noted, “We are delighted to be able to leverage its leading position in Europe to help accelerate market solutions to improve and increase production using recycled plastics. This expansion marks a clear market response.”
The plant also produces solid concentrates as chemical blowing agents for the production of foamed thermoplastics. These blowing agents – which enable lightweighting and improved thermal and acoustic insulation without compromising mechanical properties – are suitable for use in PVC, polyethylene, polypropylene and polystyrene. They can be used by processors in extrusion and injection molding foam processing methods.
Milliken said it is on track to fully integrate the acquired businesses this year.