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F&D Plastics compounder of the month


Head offi ce location: Leominster, Massachusetts, USA Date founded: 1967 CEO: Jean Rosbury


Ownership: Privately owned


No. of employees: 92 Sales 2012: US$20 million


Plant locations: Leominster, MA, USA, and St-Laurent, QC, Canada Production 2012: 5,000 tonnes


Profi le: F&D Plastics is a family-owned business that started as a grinding fi rm and began masterbatch production in 1993. In 2004, it invested in new extruders and then expanded into Canada by acquiring CEK Colorplast in Lachine, Quebec. In 2008, Canadian production was relocated to a new facility in St-Laurent. During 2010, F&D increased capacity by 37%, installing four new lines. It is among the 50 largest masterbatch producers in North America. In addition to serving the North and South American markets, it has a partner in Malaysia and is looking at developing a sales network in the UK.


Product line: F&D Plastics produces white, black and colour pigments and masterbatches based on polyolefi ns, as well as engineering polymers, recycled material and biopolymers. Its strongest markets include housewares, lawn & garden, hardware and medical. It does some toll compounding for select customers.


Product strengths: F&D focuses on service, price and technical support. It has invested more than US$1.5 million over the past three years to be more competitive in these areas.


Forthcoming features The next issues of Compounding World magazine will have special reports on the following subjects:


January Polymer foam technologies Pelletizers Dispersants and coupling agents


February Thermally-conductive compounds Materials handling Additives for polyolefi ns


Editorial submissions should be sent to Andy Beevers: abe@amiplastics.com


For information on advertising in these issues, please contact Claire Bishop: claire@amimagazines.com Tel: +44 (0)20 8686 8139


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