Polyurethane components company Thieme GmbH & Co. KG of Teningen, Germany, is investing EUR3m to install a new line for priming and coating RIM moulded parts. The project, which marks the company's biggest ever investment, is due for start up early next year at its headquarters site in Teningen.
The automatic line will apply water-based varnish onto parts of up to 2500 x 2000 x 800 mm, with individual coating chambers available for oversize parts. The new coating line meets the German regulations regarding the emission of VOCs (volatile organic compounds), said a company statement.
The expansion will give the company “considerably more leeway to modify ongoing production operations than at present and thus be able respond to customers' wishes at short notice,” said Matthias Sick, managing director of Thieme’s Plastic Components division.
“It means that we are establishing the final manufacturing operation in our plant in Teningen and thus anchoring the entire production process there, which will above all mean shorter delivery times, even better quality, and punctual delivery for our customers,” he added.
Thieme is currently working to optimise its in-house production processes and overall company structure with a view to setting “new standards with regard to both reliability and customer service” by the end of next year, according to Sick. Further strategic measures to increase and improve customer services will be implemented by late 2007, he said.