POLYONE has recently opened its new, state-of-the-art thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) production line at its Pune facility in India in a grand inauguration ceremony. In addition, the Company opened a new Technology Center that will house an advanced laboratory for new and existing R&D activities.
The highly automated and dedicated TPE line is the first of its kind in India, and is designed to manufacture GLS TPEs exclusively to maintain the highest levels of material quality. Adding this line also increases PolyOne's global footprint for consistent material formulations in all global regions.
Making these materials available locally rather than importing them will improve lead times and the ability to collaborate on custom formulations. Both the new TPE line and Technology Centre are staffed by dedicated and highly skilled associates.
“India is an emerging market with one of the fastest growing economies in the world,” said Holger Kronimus, vice president, Europe, at PolyOne. “We are committed to serving the needs of local and multinational manufacturers who operate here, and this recent expansion illustrates that commitment.”
PolyOne opened a new facility in Pune in 2014, initially focused on the production of colorant and additive concentrates to serve end markets such as transportation, electronics & electrical, healthcare, wire & cable, and packaging. The company expanded manufacturing capability to include specialty engineered materials last year. With the most recent addition of TPE production, PolyOne enables manufacturers to source all of their specialty polymer requirements from a single domestic source.
"We're now able to better serve our valued customers in India with domestic production of TPEs," said Vikas Vij, managing director, India, at PolyOne. "In addition, our increased technology and sales personnel will help maximize the innovation, collaboration and service we provide to them."
PolyOne also conducted an half day educational event for select customers in Pune.
PolyOne Corporation, is a premier provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions, dedicated to serving customers in diverse industries around the globe by creating value through collaboration, innovation and an unwavering commitment to excellence.