Sekisui Plastics Opens New Plant in Ohio
Sekisui Plastics USA, headquartered in Mount Pleasant, TN/USA, has announced the opening of its new USD 5.2 million manufacturing facility in Kenton, Ohio. The plant will initially produce foam products molded mainly from Piocelan hybrid moldable foam resin for use in automotive parts, baby seat core parts, and other industrial markets such as protective packaging. The new facility will increase the company’s molding capacity by about 40% with room for future growth.
“Since opening our first U.S. manufacturing plant in Tennessee in 2007, we have experienced tremendous growth in the South/Central region of the U.S.,” said Thomas Pontiff, President of Sekisui Plastics USA. “This new manufacturing plant in Kenton gives us the molding capacity we need for our expanding customer base in the North/Central region of the country." The 80,000 square foot facility includes both manufacturing and office space. It houses the tooling development and machining operation, which includes part and tool design, tooling manufacturing, modification and repair.
The facility’s initial molding capacity for 20-40 metric tons per month is expected to increase to 100 metric tons in the near future. “We will initially mold products designed for automotive energy absorption and safety, automotive light-weighting, and automotive sound absorption,” said Pontiff. “We will also produce packaging products for complex automotive parts for transport, as well as consumer and industrial protective packaging.” Future plans for the Kenton facility include producing the actual raw material used to mold its various products, and for other manufacturing capabilities to support new markets.
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