Swedish size reduction equipment specialist Rapid Granulator, has added a major extension to its testing facilities at its headquarters in Bredaryd, a small town in the southern part of Sweden. The company has constructed an additional 500 square meters of space, almost doubling its existing test area, which takes the total available space to over 1,100 square meters. The extra area as been made suitable for granulators of all sizes. Moreover, most of the test area now also has a ceiling height of nine meters.
The expansion is the result of an important strategic investment made by Rapid’s new owner, Sweden-based investment company Lifco, very soon after it acquired the company at the beginning of this year.
“With all this added floor space, together with the extra height for cranes, we can build up and test complete production systems right here in our headquarters,” said Dr. Toni Reftman, CEO of Rapid Granulator AB.
“All our new developments will now be tested and verified without any interference in our manufacturing processes—which I am happy to say are currently fully occupied fulfilling orders,” Dr. Reftman declared. “This will give an important boost to our engineering capability and also to our sales force, who can now be a more integral part of the development process.”
The expanded test center has multiple capabilities: in addition to carrying out acceptance tests with customers and verification tests for new applications, it will also be used for research and development on new innovations.
“Our R&D team feels like Christmas has come early for them this year,” said Dr. Reftman. The test center will also serve as a hands-on education center for the Rapid sales team, its distribution network and customers, providing a key element in the company’s reinforced focus on product development and customer service.
“Customers can come and visit us on site, they can view what we are doing via web cam, or we can record everything and send them the file to look at when and where they want,” concluded Dr. Reftman.
Rapid Granulator manufactures machines and systems for the granulation plastic scrap and the recycling of post-consumer and post-industrial waste, and has a global customer base served by its
six subsidiaries around the world.