Compounding line is tons better for Luxus

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 28 Dec 2018

Technical compounder and recycler Luxus has installed a new £1.5 million compounding line at its Louth manufacturing facility.

It will increase overall production capacity by 22 per cent, with the investment supporting the continuing growth strategy of the UK’s largest independently-owned producer of recycled and prime polymers.

Now responsible for the manufacture of more than 45,000 tonnes of highly engineered thermoplastic compounds annually to both domestic and global markets, this new compounding line will enable Luxus to create an additional 10,000 tonnes.

It is in response to the ever-increasing demand from clients for faster processing time scales and greater output, while still delivering the very highest quality technical compounds based on a strong knowledge base developed by the Fairfield Industrial Estate team.

Peter Atterby, managing director, said: “We are committed to producing high performance, yet sustainable compounds able to meet the demanding service and long-life requirements of rapidly growing sectors including, returnable transit packaging and civil engineering.

“Orders have increased for some time so we required new equipment to enhance our infrastructure by supporting this demand, particularly for the development of polymer formulations for the progressively high-end colour specifications in these markets.”

Since Luxus works with materials from increasingly complex waste streams to help meet clients’ zero landfill goals, the compounding line will help satisfy these demands.

It will deliver material process improvements that include, better devolitisation through increased surface renewal and filtration to produce innovative sustainable polymers that are now much closer to prime.

Luxus has been developing highly specified thermoplastics compounds based on prime and recycled feedstocks for 50 years. It is a key supplier to the major names in the global automotive industry and it was the first and still is the only UK business to achieve approval for its recycled grades in car interior trims, helping manufacturers reduce their carbon footprints.

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