Turkey-based materials producer Metyx Composites announced its Hungarian subsidiary has secured a European deal to supply finished composite bodywork for Belgian built luxury horse transport trucks.
Under the agreement, the Metyx plant at Kapoşvár, Hungary will handle surface finishing and painting of all the composite body parts for horsetrucks manufactured by the Stephex Group. Its range of vehicles carry riders and horses of professional show jumping and eventing teams around the world.
Initially, the Hungarian plant has had the capacity to handle one vehicle, delivered directly from the Stephex assembly line in Belgium, per week.
Uğur Üstünel, managing partner of METYX Composites stated that the Kapoşvar team are very proud and pleased to be involved in making such a high quality product, adding that: “Our aims for 2017 are to increase our finishing capacity to handle more vehicles and to further improve our knowledge and capabilities in this area to serve other sectors”.
The latest deal is among a number of orders Metyx Hungary has won from European customers following major investment it has made in Kapoşvár over the past two years. Since 2013, when the Turkish firm acquired the former NABI bus manufacturing facility, it has upgraded production and expanded the plant capacity.
Improvements include the installation of three production lines for making multiaxial fabrics along with “the transfer of systems, technical knowledge and best practices” from existing Metyx units in Manisa and Istanbul in Turkey.
A CNC kitting facility offering ‘cut to order’ foam and balsa core materials, fabric reinforcements and vacuum consumables was also added at the 12,000m2 Hungarian plant, the company said. The facility currently produces up to 3,000tpa of fibres.
Metyx kitting centres focus on supplying core material kits including PVC, PET, polyurethane and balsa, as well as kits for glass and carbon fibre reinforcements and vacuum consumables.
Metyx Composites, which is owned by the textiles group Telateks, is also in the process of expanding its site at Manisa in western Turkey. It is extending the plant floorspace to 23,000m2 and aims to double production capacity there by 2018.
The facility will have new production lines for both glass and carbon fibre-based multiaxial fabrics and new CNC machining centres for composite plug- and mould-making.
This expansion has been driven by increasing demand from the wind energy sector in particular from new customers in the Aegean region, the company said last year. The company supplies wind turbine blades.
Metyx also provides composite material to other sectors such as automotive, marine, construction and sports and leisure.