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Swedish Plastics Compounder Opens US Plant

At the new facility near Charlotte, NC, Polykemi has deployed two twin-screw extruders to achieve an initial capacity of 6500 tons.

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March 6, 2023

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The US subsidiary of Sweden-based compounder Polykemi announced that its new plant just outside Charlotte, NC, is now up and running. The Polykemi Group has invested €18 million in the facility, the single largest outlay in the company’s 55-year history. With this addition, it now has four compounding plants on three different continents.

The compounder has been supplying the US market through representation since 2013. The new plant “lays the foundation for Polykemi Group to grow further on the North American continent and it is great that the time has come to really start up the operations,” said Polykemi Inc. CEO Johan Hugoson.

The US plant will employ around 20 workers in the first year. At launch, the company anticipates reaching 6500 tons of capacity via two 75- and 92-mm twin extrusion lines. Additional space is available for immediate expansion, said the company.

Polykemi said it will produce the same plastic compounds in North America that it currently supplies in Asia and Europe, ensuring that its global customers can receive corresponding materials with the same performance quality, regardless of where they are produced. 

“We guarantee customers the same high quality of customized plastic compounds based on both virgin and recycled plastic raw materials delivered from all of our global factories,” stressed Hugoson. 

This is the second unveiling of a plant by Polykemi in a relatively short time span. At the end of last year, it inaugurated a 9,300-square-meter (100,000-square-foot) plant in Chongqing, China, also offering plastic compounds based on both virgin and recycled raw materials. Two production lines were initially installed, producing compounds based mostly on PP, PA6, PA66, PC, and PC/ABS.

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