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Scott Bader Europe Expands Production Capacity

News International-French

20 Jan 2012

Scott Bader Europe Composites Division has recently made further capital investments to expand the gelcoats and structural adhesives mixer capacity of their UK and French plants. Two new mixers have been installed and are now fully operational.

The new mixer in the Wollaston, UK plant is designed for the production of their Crestabond range of primerless methyl methacrylate (MMA) structural adhesives, which were launched in 2010.  This additional capacity has been installed in response to the significant growth in sales and new orders over the last 18 months for both 400ml coaxial cartridges of Crestabond and bulk 20 litre pails or 200 litre drums for use with proprietary dosing machines.


In Amiens, France, an additional large volume gelcoat mixer has been installed.  The new mixer has provided extra production capacity for the wide range of specialty Crystic gelcoats produced on the site.  Scott Bader France handles orders, not only from French gelcoat customers, but also from Spain, Germany and other parts of mainland Europe.   The additional mixer has enabled the Amiens production team to reduce lead times while handling a larger number of orders; they have seen continued growth during 2010 and 2011 for specialty Crystic gelcoats, particularly for transportation, building and marine applications. 


This significant capital equipment investment of over €1M by Scott Bader in a difficult and uncertain trading climate is in response to both the growth in customer demand for their specialty Crystic products and a continued long term commitment by the Company to the composites industry.  Malcolm Forsyth, Commercial Director of the European Composites Business, has commented:   “This major investment in additional state of the art mixing equipment for two of our key speciality product lines confirms our intention to be a major player in the European and global adhesives and gelcoat markets. It is great news for our customers, guaranteeing both the high product quality our customers rightly expect of Crystic products and the short leadtime they need to confidently plan their production requirements cost effectively.”


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