Nordson Corporation celebrated the success of culmination of their two-year project to build an extensive new facility to serve as a global hub for the company’s BKG pelletizers and melt delivery components at a ribbon cutting ceremony held on 13th March 2019.
The new 14,380 sq.m facility has more than tripled the amount of manufacturing, R&D, and office space at the location. It combines operations that were previously spread across four separate sites in the Munster area.
The expanded area is inclusive of an enhanced technical center for R&D, customer trials, a dedicated aftermarket center for BKG systems, EDI extrusion and coating dies. The aftermarket center provides European customers with consumables, spare parts, and rework and repair services and is designed to minimize order lead times and reduce downtime for customers.
Nordson executive vice president John J. Keane says: “The new Munster facility will serve as a European center of excellence for polymer processing solutions. For the first time, all of our Munster-area BKG activities are co-located, enabling us to reconfigure our operations to serve our customers more efficiently, help them reduce their operating costs, and enable them to take greater advantage of the synergies that exist among our product offerings.”
The Nordson investment in the Munster facility builds on a legacy that dates back to 1953. Nordson purchased the melt delivery and pelletizer businesses from Kreyenborg in 2013. The newly expanded Munster facility currently has 339 employees.
Godfrey M. Sandham, Nordson Polymer Processing Systems (PPS) vice president, says: “We have designed the new Munster facility with the goal of making Nordson an employer of choice. The modern office environment with its large open areas and new cafeteria were created to promote collaboration among our teams. At the same time, Nordson continually invests in employee training, and it has an ongoing program to support volunteer activities within the local community.”
Mr. Sandham explains: “In many cases we can supply a combination of components that work together to optimize the customer’s process. A recycler, for example, can rely on Nordson for pelletizers, melt pumps and filtration systems, while a manufacturer of film or sheet can look to us for components ranging from screws and barrels to filtration systems and extrusion dies.”
He further added: “Our products and services are accessible worldwide on a highly localized basis to customers large and small. The new Munster facility is one of a number of centers of excellence that Nordson has created around the world to support Nordson PPS brands.”