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RTP Company expands thermoplastic compounding facility in Mexico

News International-French

21 Aug 2014

The company has installed a new state-of-the-art pultrusion line and is now producing Very Long Fiber (“VLF”) compounds at its facility in Monterrey, Mexico, for automotive and consumer goods industries.

This VLF manufacturing location in North America will support regional demand while providing a consistent supply near the company’s global customers operating in Mexico, Brazil, and other South and Central American countries.

“The expansion of our facility in Monterrey demonstrates our pledge to supply our customers’ growing demand for VLF compounds with consistent high quality, short lead times, on time delivery, and exceptional local service, worldwide.” says Eric Lee, RTP Company Business Manager – Structural Products.

These additional VLF pultrusion lines in Mexico will maintain plant-to-plant consistency of compounds, which is highly desirable for OEMs and their partners in Mexico and South America who build parts and products for the global consumer goods, automotive, and other markets.

The increasing demand for VLF compounds based on polypropylene, nylon, and other engineering thermoplastics stems in part from the automotive industry’s need for lightweight material options to meet fuel efficiency regulations. The company has developed VLF compounds that can be used to create injection-molded parts that rival heavier counterparts such as die cast metal alloys and parts made with short fiber compounds.

“For instance, using VLF compounds based on polypropylene rather than short fiber polyamide compounds can result in a density reduction greater than 10%,” explains Lee. 

With the new installation, the company now manufactures VLF compounds in Mexico, Minnesota, Indiana, Germany and China. These locations are part of the company’s global network of 12 production facilities, all of which are positioned regionally to provide global access to technical expertise and supply various thermoplastic compounds with short lead times.

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