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09-25-2015

Shanghai PRET Increases TPO Capacity at Wellman Advanced Materials in the U.S.

Shanghai PRET Composites Co. Ltd.,Shanghai, China,, which acquired WPR Holdings LLC (Wellman Plastics Recycling) of Johnsonville, SC/USA, earlier this year, announced that the new name of its U.S. operating unit will be Wellman Advanced Materials.

In addition to its new name and logo, Wellman Advanced Materials will benefit from a major new capacity expansion of 44-million pounds/20,000 tonnes at the Johnsonville site in order to offer PRET's TPO, long-glass (reinforced) polypropylene (LGPP), and other engineered polypropylene (PP) compounds to automakers and tier suppliers in North America. The first compounding extruder will be installed by the end of 2015 with a second to be installed in early 2016.

In addition to the capacity expansion, Wellman Advanced Materials also will be expanding its product development and application testing services at its R&D facility in Johnsonville with testing equipment that is identical to that used by PRET in China with more in-house mechanical testing, material characterization, and color-matching resources. Moreover, Wellman Advanced Materials will now offer moldfilling and structural analysis support for its North American customers.

Wellman Advanced Materials will make its public debut at the 17th-annual SPE TPO Automotive Engineered Polyolefins conference, October 4-7, 2015 at the Detroit/Troy Marriott in the Detroit suburbs.

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