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UPDATED: Alliance Polymers adds compounding capabilities

Alliance Polymers & Services LLC (APS; Romulus, MI) has created the APS Compounding unit, purchasing two twin-screw extruders in part to help support its distribution agreements with BASF for Elastollan TPUs (thermoplastic polyurethanes) and Polymax Maxelast for its styrenic block copolymer (SBC) based thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs).

PlasticsToday Staff

February 22, 2011

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UPDATED: Alliance Polymers adds compounding capabilities

Alliance Polymers & Services LLC (APS; Romulus, MI) has created the APS Compounding unit, purchasing two twin-screw extruders in part to help support its distribution agreements with BASF for Elastollan TPUs (thermoplastic polyurethanes) and Polymax Maxelast for its styrenic block copolymer (SBC) based thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs). An APS spokesperson told PlasticsToday that the line will be installed at at Romulus headquarters, after consideration of several possible locations.

The company said the investment will allow it to streamline supply of existing TPE compounds and provide specialized samples, and/or develop new grades for specific applications. Plans call for the first extrusion line to be operational by the spring of 2011, with the second line to go on-stream shortly thereafter. The company will invest about $1 million in the equipment and anticipates the addition of six employees. Capacity for the new lines will range from 500,000 to 800,000 lb/yr, depending on the grades being produced.

APS Principal Stephane Morin said in a release that his company saw the need to not only offer standard and custom grades of TPEs from BASF and Polymax, but to also provide specific small- and large-volume custom compounds and beside-the-press tweaking. "Our goal from the start has been to help customers meet their specific, and sometimes novel, TPE needs, Morin said. "The addition of two full extrusion lines will enable us to do just this."

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