K 2013 marks the debut of Nordson Corporation’s Polymer Processing Systems group of products and solutions, a new worldwide offering providing a uniquely broad range of technologies for melting, conditioning, dispensing, and giving shape to plastics, the company announced today. As the result of a series of strategic acquisitions since K 2010, Nordson now manufactures precision melt stream components starting with the screws and barrels for extrusion and injection molding and proceeding downstream to the dies used to produce film, sheet, coatings, and pellets. In between are a diversity of critical components such as filtration systems, pumps, and valves.
“All of the organizations that Nordson has acquired in the polymer processing space are leading suppliers of melt processing components that excel in precision engineering and place high value on meeting customers’ manufacturing needs and supporting them long after the sale,” said Peter Lambert, senior vice president of Nordson Corporation. “We expect our customers to benefit not only from the wide range of product offerings available, but also from Nordson Corporation’s global manufacturing capabilities and localized service. Our strategy is to bring together complementary companies to optimize polymer processing efficiency and quality that serve our OEM customers, ultimately helping them to deliver the highest value and system performance to their end users.” Starting with the most recent acquisition, the product lines that comprise Nordson’s polymer processing offering are:
* Kreyenborg GmbH , based in Münster, Germany. This organization manufactures melt filtration systems, gear pumps, and melt valves for extrusion, recycling and polymerization. Jan Hendrik Ostgathe is the Managing Director.
* BKG Bruckmann & Kreyenborg Granuliertechnik GmbH based in Münster, Germany. This organization produces underwater pelletizing systems, centrifugal dryers, and die plates for extrusion, recycling, and polymerization. Ralf Simon is the Managing Director.
* Nordson XALOY, based in New Castle, PA, U.S.A., manufactures components and melt delivery systems for injection molding and extrusion machinery, including barrels, high performance screws, pre-assembled plasticating systems, heat transfer rolls, and cleaning ovens; it also produces pelletizing systems. Steve Purcell is Vice President and General Manager.
* Nordson EXTRUSION DIES INDUSTRIES, based in Chippewa Falls, WI, U.S.A., builds flat dies, feedblocks, and related equipment for film, sheet, extrusion coating, and fluid coating. Godfrey Sandham is Vice President and General Manager. Included under the Nordson EXTRUSION DIES INDUSTRIES brand is another business acquired by Nordson, the flat die manufacturer Verbruggen, whose facility at Temse, Belgium is now the headquarters for Nordson EDI Europe N.V. Also part of Nordson EXTRUSION DIES INDUSTRIES is the Premier Coating Division, which manufactures slot coating dies.
“Nordson Polymer Processing Systems is not in the business of building primary machines, such as extruders and injection molding presses, but is instead a supplier of components necessary for these systems to function,” said Peter Lambert. “Over time there will be a growing opportunity for OEM and processor customers to source components from our various product lines in a single order, if they so choose, streamlining their purchasing practices, taking advantage of our combined plastics industry expertise, and utilizing components optimized to work together across the melt stream.”
Nordson Corporation, the parent company that has brought together the complementary specialties of five acquired businesses, has extensive resources that will benefit their customers. With direct operations in more than 30 countries, and global reach in more than 42, Nordson provides an international base for increasing localized access to sales and technical services. The company’s strong support for research and development (R&D) will result in an increased flow of innovations in components for plastics processing, from new screw and barrel technologies to breakthroughs in pelletizers and extrusion dies.