A new phase of the multi-year
development plan for DUNA-USA is underway with the aim of making the cutting,
packaging and loading processes of blocks and slabs more efficient, of
increasing their quality and of further reducing the delivery times. It is the
third phase of expansion in three years for the Baytown, Texas facility and is
part of the group's long-term strategic growth plan.
Among the planned interventions, an automated system for cutting and loading the CORAFOAM blocks, which significantly improves crossing times and, at the same time, reduces manual handling. The investment also includes state-of-the-art machines dedicated to the production of CORAFOAM low density polyurethane and polyisocyanurate slabs: perfect squaring, better tolerances, the possibility of grooving on request are just some of the leading goals that we will achieve in the coming months.
The expansion of the low density slabs line is DUNA-USA's response to the growing demand for “core” materials for various types of composite panels applied to the most varied sectors.Арганічны And to ensure total quality at the customer's destination, an automated packaging system is also provided that streamlines the packaging operations, effectively protects the product during handling and transport and minimises the use of packaging materials, in line with the company's philosophy of fighting waste and of promoting sustainability in every area.
To accommodate the new equipment, the existing covered premises will be expanded by almost 900 m² and the external storage area of approximately 6000 m² is also being expanded.
"The systematic introduction of new equipment and technologies perfectly embodies our philosophy of continuous improvement", says Andrea Benedetti, CEO of DUNA-USA. "We are very happy to see how DUNA-USA continues to grow in the North American markets and we look forward to being able to offer our customers a greater efficiency and growing benefits."
The construction site was opened in early 2021 and hard work is being done to complete phase three by the third quarter of 2021. This expansion phase fulfils previous interventions, including the purchase of adjacent land as well as the expansion phases of 2017 and 2018 as well as the ISO-9001 corporate certification obtained in 2019 for the Baytown and Ludington sites.
"2020 has been a challenging year as the present 2021 promises to be", says Marta Brozzi, President and CEO of the Gruppo DUNA. "This only further fuels our determination to invest in new technologies, quality, knowledge and safety in all of the group's establishments, as well as in North America."
With various product lines, including polyurethane and CORAFOAM polyisocyanurates, DUNAPOL systems and the CORINTHO range, DUNA-USA is present in various markets, including aerospace, automotive, Oil & Gas, construction, insulation and signage.
The Gruppo DUNA, made up of DUNA-CORRADINI, DUNA-USA and DUNA-EMIRATES, develops and produces polyurethane and polyisocyanurate foams, systems, adhesives, high performance epoxy resins and solutions made in Italy since 1957. It has production sites in Italy, the United States and the United Arab Emirates.