Star Plastics’ growth continues with the installation of the first of two new twin screw extruders at its North American facilities.
This new addition marks the first phase of a larger investment that will amount to more than $5 million dollars in 2022 as the company commits to major growth within its current market space to support current and new customers. The new specialty twin-screw extruder, a 75mm Leistritz, is Star’s largest to date, improving production rates and tripling capacity in anticipation of continued long-term growth. The equipment also allows the Star team to increase the breadth of its product offering.
The Leistritz twin screw was installed in Star’s Ravenswood facility in December of 2021, with trial runs throughout January 2022. The new high-torque machine provides improved material incorporation and dispersive mixing during production, and its special screw design can be modified to generate higher quality production outputs.