Nordson Corp., which has its corporate headquarters in Westlake, OH, is building a new facility in Münster, Germany, to serve as a global hub for all of the company’s BKG products, which include underwater and water ring pelletizers and melt delivery systems such as screen changers, gear pumps and polymer valves. The facility also will house a dedicated aftermarket center for both BKG systems and EDI extrusion and coating dies. The initiative will be one of the talking points at the Nordson stand (A6, 6109) at Fakuma, which comes to Friedrichshafen, Germany, next week.
Besides expanding capabilities for engineering, manufacturing and sales of these products, the project will include an enhanced technical center for R&D and customer and laboratory trials, said Nordson. The aftermarket center will provide European customers with rework and repair services and will be designed to minimize order lead times and reduce downtime for customers.
The new facility is being built at the site of the longstanding home of BKG pelletizers in Münster and will more than triple the amount of office, R&D and manufacturing space at that location. Until now, Nordson’s Munster capability was spread across four separate locations.
“The Münster project will create a European center of excellence for polymer processing solutions,” said Godfrey M. Sandham, Vice President, Nordson Polymer Processing Systems. “All manufacturing operations will be reconfigured for increased efficiency. For the first time, all Münster engineering and R&D activities will be co-located, as will the aftermarket operations for the pelletizing, melt delivery and die businesses.”
Groundbreaking took place in May 2017, and the project is expected to be completed by the early summer of 2018.