S&E Specialty Polymers LLC, a leading producer of specialty plastic compounds, continues to invest in strategic upgrades to support increased customer and market needs for new and improved compounds. As such, the company is pleased to announce it has expanded its processing capabilities by adding an all-new materials compounding line at its headquarters in Lunenburg, Mass. The new line, being commissioned now, consists of a new ENTEK 53mm co-rotating twin-screw extruder with specialty feeders and other auxiliary equipment.
To further help process new resins and compounds, S&E also purchased three additional sets of customized twin screws to support faster change-outs when running different materials. “We invested in the new screw sets to run an expanded portfolio of products and increase our processing flexibility, said Duane Shooltz, President of S&E.
The new compounding line will allow S&E to significantly increase line capacity and in some cases, more than double its throughput rate for some materials. It will help the company keep up with current demand and extend production of some of its current brands, including TufPrene™ TPE compounds, TufFill™ Polyolefin compounds, and several other products including custom concentrates.
In addition, the new line will help S&E expand their current tolling capabilities to 15 million lbs. per year. S&E is uniquely equipped to handle a customer’s tolling needs in a wide variety of polymers including PVC, PVC alloys, Low Smoke Zero Halogen, TPOs, TPRs and flame retardant & UV based concentrates.
“We’re in the business of providing solutions for our customers,” said Duane Shooltz. “This new line will expand our capabilities and allow us to provide additional solutions – including new and better materials compounds and concentrates – to the plastics industry.”
In a recent interview, Shooltz discussed some of the key initiatives behind the company’s decision to upgrade the company’s capabilities. These included:
-after significant research, the decision to purchase the ENTEK twin-screw extruder, based on not only that company’s machinery and technology, but reputation for excellent customer support;
-building the new line around new material formulations being run by S&E;
-adding enhancements to the new line including feeding and blending equipment that enhance ingredient control, which will provide S&E with tighter compound specifications while helping the company expand the family of products it can produce;
-taking the opportunity to better streamline the entire S&E plant with the addition of the new line.
“We’re happy to be growing our business and we’re looking forward to the new opportunities that this new line will help create for S&E,” said Shooltz.