PolyOne, a specialty company, providing solutions through collaboration, innovation and excellence have opened a new, state-of-the-art thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) production line at its Pune facility in India. The Company has also opened a new Technology Center at the site that will house an advanced laboratory for new and existing R&D activities.
The new TPE production line is highly automated, and the first of its kind in India designed to manufacture GLS TPEs exclusively to maintain the highest levels of material quality. The production line has also increased PolyOne’s global footprint for consistent material formulations in all global regions.
Production of these materials locally reduces the lead times and the ability to collaborate on custom formulations. The highly skilled staff has been deployed for the new TPE line and Technology Centre.
Holger Kronimus, vice president, Europe, at PolyOne, said, “India is an emerging market with one of the fastest growing economies in the world. We are committed to serving the needs of local and multinational manufacturers who operate here, and this recent expansion illustrates that commitment.”
With the addition of TPE production, manufacturers can source all of their specialty polymer requirements from a single domestic source. In 2014, PolyOne has set up a facility to produce colorant and additive concentrates in Pune to meet the requirements of customers in various sectors such as transportation, electronics & electrical, healthcare, wire & cable, and packaging.
Vikas Vij, managing director, India, at PolyOne, commented, “We’re now able to better serve our valued customers in India with domestic production of TPEs. In addition, our increased technology and sales personnel will help maximize the innovation, collaboration and service we provide to them.”