A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held today to mark the successful completion of a two-year project by Nordson Corp. (Westlake, OH) to build a European center of excellence in Münster, Germany. The facility will serve as a global hub for the company’s BKG pelletizers and melt-delivery components.
The new 14,380-square-meter plant, located at a site that has been the longstanding home of BKG pelletizers, more than triples the amount of manufacturing, R&D and office space and combines operations that previously were spread across four separate sites in the Münster area.
The expansion includes an enhanced technical center for R&D and customer trials and a dedicated aftermarket center for BKG systems and EDI extrusion and coating dies. The aftermarket center provides European customers with consumables, spare parts and rework and repair services. It is designed to minimize order lead times and reduce downtime for customers, said Nordson.
“The new Münster facility will serve as a European center of excellence for polymer processing solutions,” said Nordson Executive Vice President John J. Keane. “For the first time, all of our Münster-area BKG activities are co-located, enabling us to reconfigure our operations to serve our customers more efficiently, help them reduce their operating costs and enable them to take greater advantage of the synergies that exist among our product offerings.”
The Nordson investment in the Münster facility builds on a legacy that dates back to 1953, when the firm, originally founded by Jan-Udo Kreyenborg, built the first Kreyenborg screen changer. Nordson purchased the melt delivery and pelletizer businesses from Kreyenborg in 2013.
Under the BKG brand, Nordson’s Polymer Processing Systems (PPS) business manufactures pelletizing systems and melt-delivery components, such as screen changers and melt pumps. PPS brands produced at other sites in Europe, the Americas and Asia include EDI polymer extrusion and fluid coating dies and Xaloy screws and barrels for extrusion and injection molding.
“In many cases we can supply a combination of components that work together to optimize the customer’s process,” said Godfrey M. Sandham, Nordson PPS Vice President. “A recycler, for example, can rely on Nordson for pelletizers, melt pumps and filtration systems, while a manufacturer of film or sheet can look to us for components ranging from screws and barrels to filtration systems and extrusion dies.”