Delta Tecnic moves ahead with Mexican production

Spanish masterbatch maker and distributor Delta Tecnic is moving ahead with its first overseas production investment at Querétaro in Mexico, despite the global challenges imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The company, which has

two production locations and 20 production lines at Barcelona in Spain and a current capacity of around 18,000 tonnes, specialises in colour and additive prod- ucts for the cable sector (including micro-master- batch), as well as colour concentrates for PVC. It is investing €4.5m in the Mexican operation, which will cover 3,000m2

in its first

phase and include two lines, with plans to expand to five. Delta Tecnic CEO Eric Xirinachs said earlier this month that construction and commissioning of the new plant had inevitably been impacted by the pandemic. “The plant has suffered a

Prototype recycled Electrolux vacuum cleaner is part of company’s “Circular Initiative” with Stena

Above: Delta Tecnic CEO Eric Xirinachs sees big opportunities in Mexico

delay. The plan was to start this year…now aiming for Q1 2021. We are currently installing the production lines.”

He said the Mexican investment marks an important step for the company, which expects to end this year with sales of around €40m (about 8% down on pre-pandemic forecasts). Some 75% of this is generated by its master- batch production activities

and 80% from outside of Spain. The new plant will be focused on the automotive cable sector, where Xirin- achs said Mexico is an “industrial hub” for the Americas. “We have been in Mexico as an importer for many years and have an important presence,” he said. “Our customers, especially in automotive, wanted us to localise our production.”

Xirinachs said the company, which has been majority-owned by PE firm Aurica Capital since 2017, currently generates sales of around €3m in Mexico but expects this to rise to €6m once local production begins. Part of this growth is expected to be due to its micro-masterbatch technol- ogy, which is said to allow cable producers to reduce colorant cost and increase line speeds. �

Piovan Group buys Doteco

Piovan Group, a major player in process automa- tion systems for storage, preparation and transport of plastic and powders, has acquired Doteco, an Italian supplier of materials handling technologies for production of plastic films and synthetic fibres. “With this integration, we could combine Doteco’s film dosing technologies with Piovan’s feeding and storage automations, becoming a leader in the supply of complete plants in this field and acquiring new customers in a sector that, also in light of the increas- ingly necessary sanitary and hygiene improve- ments, is becoming strategic in food packag- ing,” said Filippo Zup- pichin, CEO of Piovan. Doteco turned over €19.7m last year and posted an EBITDA of €3.4m. �

Electrolux joins Stena in circular materials initiative

Electrolux and Stena Recycling have jointly developed a prototype vacuum cleaner made of 100% recycled and reused materials sourced from con- sumer electronic products such as hairdryers, vacuum cleaners and computers.

It is the first result of Electrolux’s

‘Circular Initiative’ collaboration with Stena. No details were given about the polymers involved in the joint project,

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other than that they were sourced in the Nordic region. “We at Electrolux have a strong commitment to reduce our climate impact by 2030 and circularity is a key dimension of this,” said Electrolux CEO, Jonas Samuelson, who said the com- pany has pledged to use 50% recycled materials in its products by then. � �



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