New Facility Will Include New Production Equipment and Workflow Systems that Will Enhance Precision and Increase Production Efficiency for EDI® and Premier™ Dies
November 1, 2018 - Nordson Corporation celebrated the groundbreaking for a new world headquarters for its EDI® extrusion and Premier™ fluid coating product lines, one that will include advanced equipment for enhancing die quality and more efficient systems for serving customers.
The 145,000 sq.ft. (13,500 sq.m) facility will be located in an industrial park near three existing Nordson sites in Chippewa Falls, including the current EDI headquarters and extrusion die manufacturing facility; a plant for Premier dies and all aftermarket service; and a technology center for research and development (R&D) and laboratory trials. Relocation of these operations to the new facility will begin in the summer of 2019 and be complete by late 2020.
Nordson says it will also enhance production efficiency with new state of the art equipment. “The new global hub for our EDI brands will redefine the way that dies are built,” said John J. Keane, executive vice president in charge of Nordson’s Polymer Processing Systems (PPS) business. “Advanced manufacturing equipment will streamline workflow and produce dies with tighter tolerances. A complete reconfiguration of our operation will integrate people and resources previously deployed in separate locations, generating collaboration and synergy that will improve the customer experience and reduce lead times.”
The integration of people and resources will involve all functions—sales and order processing, design and engineering, machining and polishing, technical support, and administration.
Further investment in the Chippewa Falls facility planned by Nordson in the next few years will purchase still more new equipment as well as paying to upgrade existing systems. The building site includes room for expansion of up to 79,200 sq.ft. (7,360 sq.m).
In addition to the Chippewa Falls operation, Nordson builds new extrusion and fluid coating dies in Shanghai and in Saitama, Japan. Remanufacturing or rework services for dies are available at these locations and in Münster, Germany.
The investment in Chippewa Falls is the latest in a series of investments by Nordson in its PPS brands. These include a new facility in Münster, Germany, serving as a global hub for BKG® pelletizers, screen changers, and melt pumps; a new Americas hub in Austintown, OH, USA for Xaloy® extrusion and injection molding screws and barrels; and other projects in the U.S., Germany, China, Thailand, and Japan involving capacity expansion, new equipment, or new laboratory facilities for BKG, EDI, and Xaloy brands.
Founded in 1954 and headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, Nordson has operations and support offices in more than 30 countries. Nordson Polymer Processing Systems provides customers with engineered components to melt, homogenize, filter, meter, and give shape to plastic and fluid coating materials. Nordson Corporation leverages the collective plastics industry experience from a series of strategic acquisitions to offer a uniquely broad portfolio of technologies. Nordson delivers a range of precision melt stream products — from screws and barrels for extrusion and injection molding — to filtration systems, pumps, and valves — to the extrusion dies and pelletizing systems to meet the constantly evolving needs of the polymer industry.