AGC Chemicals Americas FluoroCompounds Group has opened a pilot plant in Thorndale, PA, to make it fast and easy for customers to receive small batches and samples of PTFE compounds. The pilot plant is located within the manufacturing facility of AGC's full-scale production plant.
AGC's FluoroCompounds Group exclusively develops fluoropolymer compounds. Drawing from an extensive global supply chain of resins and fillers, the group can produce any filled PTFE or melt processable fluoropolymer compound customized to customers' specific needs anywhere in the world, according to AGC.
Manufacturing product samples at the pilot plant also increases production capacity at AGC's full-scale plant because both plants use the same technology and processes. Compounds manufactured in the pilot plant will match the properties of compounds produced in full-scale production and will meet the rigorous production part approval process (PPAP) testing standards for automotive parts.
"Now we can easily produce compounds in small batches for testing and application development," said Gary Eckrote, Business Director. "Our customers often request samples, and we are pleased to have a facility dedicated to filling these requests with shorter lead times."
In addition to custom compounding, the AGC FluoroCompounds Group offers a wide selection of off-the-shelf compounds based on AGC Fluon resins.
AGC Chemicals Americas Inc., headquartered in Exton, PA, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Asahi Glass Company Ltd., a $13 billion multinational corporation and one of the world's largest manufacturers of glass, electronic displays and chemical compounds.