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Above: Luxus has installed 12 new silos to increase storage capacity at its Louth plant. Below: Luxus will use its new line to develop formulations based on recycled and prime resins


Luxus expands capabilities


Luxus has installed a new compounding line for research and development projects at its plant in Louth, Lincolnshire, UK. The line includes a Coperion STS twin-screw extruder, a Brabender loss-in-weight feeding system and an Automatik strand pelletizer. Luxus produces thermo-


plastic compounds based on prime and recycled feedstocks at the site, which currently has a production capacity of 30,000 tonnes/year. Target markets include the automotive, retail logistics, wheelie bin and construction sectors. The new development line is part of the company’s new technical centre which is scheduled to be fully opera- tional in February 2013. It will be used to develop new formulations and optimise existing grades based on PC, ABS, PC/ABS, PA, PP and PE. In addition, it will assist with the recycling of increasingly complex waste streams to produce useable compounds.


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Terry Burton, technical Manager at Luxus, said: “Our specialist interior automotive business in particular will benefit from the new line. Client samples will be processed on the machine and then increased to full-scale production in just a single rapid step”. Speaking about the


selection of the Coperion extruder, Burton added: “We were impressed with the overall quality of the machine, its flexibility and the support that’s offered”. Luxus has also recently


taken delivery of 12 new 80 m3 silos at its Louth facility, boosting storage capacity from 125 tonnes to 700 tonnes. ❙ www.luxus.co.uk


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