Russian compounder R&P Polyplastic launches new Italian extruding line

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R&P Polyplastic claims a total compound capacity of 100ktpa and a market share of over 40% for composite material for technical use

Leading Russian compounder R&P Polyplastic is growing its production capacity with the installation of another Italian extrusion line at its Engels plant in south western Russia.

The renovated unit, supplied by the Italian machinery manufacturer ICMA, is the plant’s 13th extrusion line and was launched last month at a gathering of executives and staff at the plant for the firm’s annual ‘Technical Council’ event.

In what is the latest stage in R&P Polyplastic’s current modernisation programme, the company invested in the additional equipment which will add 2,000tpa of output to capacity at the plant located in Russia’s Saratov region.

R&P Polyplastic, the engineering compounding arm of the country’s biggest plastics processor Polyplastic Group, claims a total compound capacity of 100,000tpa and a market share of over 40% for composite material for technical use.

Last November, the company marked an important milestone in its life breaching the total production threshold of one million tonnes. The one millionth batch was turned out at another compounding site at Togliatti also in Russia’s south west.

R&P Polyplastic, which employs a workforce of 750 overall, is currently managing to expand its annual output of compound materials by between 10 – 12%, it said.

Its ‘Technical Council’ each year provides a forum for management and employees to discuss aspects of the company’s performance and direction. This time subjects covered lean manufacturing principles with participants sharing views on entering new markets, the firm’s financial achievements, and the results of its investment plan.

This year, R&P Polyplastic has been celebrating the 26th anniversary of its foundation in 1991.

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