Although the business cycle was lower during the second half of 2019, Polykemi AB continues to deliver very positive results. A contributing factor is a new and highly efficient extruding line - the largest single machine investment so far.
The new extruder line investment has given Polykemi even better possibilities to meet the demands of the market. The new double screw 92 mm Coperion has replaced and older line and is expected to increase production capacity on larger volume productions by up to 5,000 tonnes per year. It is connected to an automatic raw material handling system, further increasing the accuracy of the recipes and improving the already high quality of the products.
Polykemi’s new production line is the most productive unit so far.
''Now we have reached a new level of efficiency that have further increased the accuracy of our products. We have also minimized heavy lifts for our employees'', says Mr. Peter Åkesson, Technical Manager.
Thanks to the new machine investment, the total yearly capacity of the factory in Ystad has now increased to more than 70,000 tonnes.
''This new production line is today our most productive unit. It is an asset for both the Polykemi Group and for our customers'', states Mr. Peter Åkesson.
In 2019, another new extruding line was also installed enabling production of even more high-quality flame-retardant plastic materials. Among other features, a number of high precision dosing systems were installed, enabling usage of additives both in granular and in liquid form. The demands for more environmentally friendly flame retardant materials is predicted to increase for example within the electrification of vehicles, just like the demands for highly reinforced grades, making it possible to develop more lightweight constructions.
The new extruder is connected to an automatic raw material handling system minimizing heavy lifts for employees.
2019 - Another strong year for Polykemi AB
During the past five years, the Polykemi Group, including Polykemi AB, Rondo Plast AB and Scanfill AB based in Ystad and Polykemi Compounds Kunshan in China and Polykemi Inc. in the USA, has had a volume growth of almost 22,000 tonnes. In 2019, the positive trend continued.
''Although we can see a slowdown in the business cycle, Polykemi has had a very nice year", says Polykemi’s sales manager Mattias Persson.
''We have taken more than 100 new businesses and we have grown more than 4,000 tonnes of plastic granules during the year. It is incredibly gratifying that, despite historically high levels in recent years, we again manage to match our numbers''.
''We have a fantastic staff, who showcase an incredible teamwork which allows us to continue to deliver positive results year after year. We also feel great pride in having our head office in Ystad for more than 50 years, showing that it is possible to grow and expand in this region of southern Sweden'', says Mattias Persson.