FoamPartner Fritz Nauer AG, with headquarters in Wolfhausen, Switzerland, is building a converting center for industrial foams at the company’s site in Duderstadt, Germany.
The new center is scheduled to go on stream in the first half of this year and will lead to the creation of several new jobs, the company said in a news release.
“There is a rising demand for custom-tailored technical foams in specialized industrial application areas,” said Michael Riedel, chief executive officer. “For this reason, we have decided to build a new converting center that meets this trend and will significantly expand our supply capacities”
The new center will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology to provide customized technical foam solutions for various applications, the company said. Solutions are particularly aimed at acoustics, sealing and filtering, as well as in household surface treatment and packaging segments. The center mainly will process foam materials from the company’s own three European production sites in Leverkusen, Germany; Duderstadt; and Wolfhausen.
Several different manufacturing cells in the new converting center will deliver customer-specific products and will use advanced control and process technologies, among others, in cutting, stamping, milling, drilling, laminating and packaging. In addition, there will be a small-scale machining center for customized specialty products in lower volumes.
The new 90,000-square-foot converting center represents an overall investment of about $11 million, the company said. Duderstadt also will take over most of the production business of the group’s site at Stadtallendorf, Germany, which is expected to close operations by the end of June.