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12-10-2014

Sekisui Plastics Announces a New Manufacturing Facility in the U.S.

Citing increased customer demand for its products in the Midwest region of the U.S., Sekisui Plastics USA, Inc. has chosen Kenton, Ohio as the location for its new USD 5.2 million manufacturing facility. Scheduled to come online in July, 2015, 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.

“Since opening our first U.S. manufacturing plant in Tennessee in 2007, we have experienced tremendous growth, in South/Central U.S., and we are anticipating similar growth in the Northern Midwest,” said Thomas Pontiff, Vice President of Sekisui Plastics USA. “Locating our new plant in Kenton, Ohio gives us both the increased molding capacity we need for our expanding customer base plus closer proximity to both our current and targeted OEM customers who require just-in-time delivery.”

The Kenton facility is projected to eventually provide up to 50 area jobs (figure: Sekisui Plastics)

The Kenton facility is projected to eventually provide up to 50 area jobs (figure: Sekisui Plastics)

When completed, the 120,000 square foot facility will house manufacturing and office space, including tooling design, manufacturing and repair, product prototyping, technical service, and customer service. “With a molding capacity for 20-40 metric tons per month, which we expect 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,” explained Pontiff. “We will also produce packaging products for complex automotive parts for transport as well as consumer and industrial protective packaging.”

The company has plans to expand the facility to produce the actual raw material used to mold its various products, as well as for other manufacturing capabilities to support new markets. The site will also be used to warehouse other products imported for sale within the Americas.

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