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Extrusion Innovator Entek Acquires Material-Handling Supplier

Image: Entek compounding plant installation
Adaptive Engineering & Fabrication mezzanine installation in a plastics compounding plant equipped with Entek extruders.
A developer of conveying systems for difficult-to-handle materials, Adaptive Engineering & Fabrication partnered with Entek on several projects prior to this acquisition.

Entek Manufacturing announced today the acquisition of long-time business partner Adaptive Engineering & Fabrication (AEF). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.  

Placentia, CA–based AEF develops material-handling systems, specializing in difficult-to-handle and convey materials. As a specialist in extrusion and downstream processing equipment, Entek has partnered with AEF on several projects, and the companies have worked together in a customer-supplier relationship for many years.

Both companies have had significant growth recently, and together they “will be even better positioned to share resources and deploy systems,” said Entek President Kim Medford.

AEF will remain in Placentia. As part of the transaction, all of the AEF employees will stay with the company, and Rick Buschini and Chuck Nadolski will continue to lead the sales, development, and installation of material-handling equipment with the support of the Entek engineering and project management teams. 

As it grows its manufacturing capabilities in the recently opened plant in Henderson, NV, Entek said it will build both extrusion and material-handling equipment in this location, providing the necessary space and additional resources to support the growth of the combined companies.

Entek manufactures turnkey production extrusion systems, twin-screw extruders, and components for natural fiber-plastic composites, pelletizing, custom compounding, specialty sheet lines, food and medical applications, and plastics recycling. It has been a global designer and producer of microporous battery separators for lead-acid and lithium batteries for more than 30 years.

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