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Established New Factory for High Performance Plastic Sheets in United States
May 20, 2015

SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD

The Urban Infrastructure & Environmental Products Company (President : Hajime Kubo) of Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd. (President: Teiji Koge, hereinafter called “Sekisui Chemical”) has been producing thermoforming plastic sheets applicable for Aviation and Mass Transit Interiors, Housing of Medical Components, Exterior Materials of Vehicle and Construction Equipment, etc. through its affiliate company, SEKISUI Polymer Innovations, LLC. (hereinafter called “SPI”) .

SPI has decided to establish the 3rd factory in Pennsylvania to increase production capacity of PVC sheets to meet the steady increase in demand from the Aviation Industry and to expand business in Mass Transit Interiors.

The production at the 3rd factory is scheduled to start in June, 2016. 

 

Forming Plastic Sheet

Forming Plastic Sheet

・Thickness : from 1 to 15mm

・Width : from 1,000 to 2,500mm

Used for multiple application

 

1.History of Thermoforming Plastic Sheet Business in the U.S. and its Business Development

(1) History

 

 March 1990

Acquired PVC sheet manufacturer, Kleerdex Company, LLC. (hereinafter called “Kleerdex”) to start plastic sheet business in the U.S.

 April 2007

Acquired ABS sheet manufacture, Allen Extruders, Inc.(hereinafter called “Allen”) and established Allen Extruders, LLC.

 January 2009

Changed company name from Kleerdex to KYDEX, LLC. (hereinafter called “KYDEX”)

 September 2014

Combined KYDEX and Allen to form SPI

 June 2016

Start operation at The 3rd factory(Plan)

 

(2) Business Development

SPI is conducting business mainly with two brands, “KYDEX™ Thermoplastics” and “ALLEN™ Thermoplastics”.

Acrylic modified PVC sheet products under the KYDEX™ Thermoplastics brand are used in high end applications including aviation and mass transit interiors, housing materials of medical components, etc. and have a good reputation because of the product’s attributes: fire retardancy, environmentally sensitive, chemical resistant and highly durable. ABS sheet products under the ALLEN™ Thermoplastics brand are used in external materials such as recreational vehicles, construction equipment, and farming vehicles because of its superior mechanical properties including durability, heat and weather resistance. Both brands have good reputations and are well known in the market.

Those two companies were combined in September 2014 and became SPI to gain synergy between the two companies. SPI has two factories, one in Pennsylvania (The 1st factory, which used to be owned by KYDEX) and the other in Michigan (The 2nd factory, which used to be owned by Allen) in addition to the 3rd factory.

 

2. Outline of The 3rd Factory

 (1) Location:

4411 Old Berwick Road, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
(Around 3km West from the 1st Factory)

 

 (2) Land:

Around 230,000㎡

 (3) Building:

Around 35,000㎡

 (4) Capital Investment:

Around 10 Million US$

 (5) Production Item:

Sheets for Aviation Interiors

 (6) Initial Production Volume:

1,000 tons/annum (for high end of Aviation Interiors only)

 (7) Time to Start Production:

June, 2016 (Plan)

 The 3rd Factory

 The 3rd Factory

 

3. Outline of SEKISUI Polymer Innovations, LLC.

 (1) Name of the Company:

SEKISUI POLYMER INNOVATIONS, LLC.

 (2) Line of Business:

Production of PVC and ABS Sheet for forming

 (3) Location: 

 

Headquarters, The 1st Factory
6685 Low Street, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
The 2nd Factory
1305 Lincoln Avenue, Holland, Michigan

 (4) Establishment:

March 30th, 1990

 (5) Paid in Capital:

30,472,000 US$

 (6) Shareholder: 

 

SEKISUI AMERICA CORPORATION (100%)
※SEKISUI AMERICA CORPORATION is our affiliate 100% share owned by Sekisui Chemical. 

 (7) Representative:

Ronn Cort (COO & President)

 (8) Employees:

Around 310 people

 

Headquarters, The 1st Factory

 The 2nd Factory

 

Headquarters, The 1st Factory

The 2nd Factory

 

4.Business Objectives

The target of sales is 175 Million US$ in 2016.

 

    Reference

    (1) Establishment of Sheet Division

    Sekisui Chemical has newly established “Sheet Division” from April 1st, 2015.

    The purpose is to expand the sheet business in Japan and other countries in Asia, to increase the business in Mass Transit Interiors, Medical Components, etc. and to promote R&D to penetrate into new fields by strengthening the relationship with SPI.

     

    (2) Plastic Sheet for thermoforming

    Plastic sheet for thermoforming is large sized sheet material with thicknesses ranging from 1 to 15mm and width from 1,000 till 2,500mm. It is used for small quantity, wide variety or large size plastic, for which it is hard to justify the expense of molds for injection molding. Finished products are made by vacuum or pressure forming. Application ranges from general use such as furniture, interior walls, devices, equipment housings and housing for ATM to high end applications including aviation and mass transit interiors, recreational vehicles, construction machines and farming vehicles.

    SPI has superiority in the area of formulation to make fire retardant material, speedy product development by means of its own testing equipment and its capability to provide high standards in color & design through its designLab™ where SPI conducts project collaboration and color matching with clients.

     

    (3) Example of Thermoforming Sheet Application

    Aviation Interior

    Mass Transit Interior

    Aviation Interior

    Mass Transit Interior

     

     

    Medical Component

    Exterior for Farming Vehicle

    Medical Component

    Exterior for Farming Vehicle

     

Press Contact

SEKISUI CHEMICAL CO., LTD.
Public Relations Group, Business Strategy Department
Fax: +81-(0)3-5521-0510


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This press release may contain forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and beliefs and are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements due to changes in global economic, business, competitive market and regulatory factors.
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