Extrusion Manufacturers Increase Capacity
December 18, 2009
Two extrusion manufacturers-Bonnell Aluminum of Newnan, Ga., and
Keymark Corp. of Fonda, N.Y-have announced plans for expanded capacity.
Bonnell yesterday announced the startup of its long-planned extrusion
press, which was engineered specifically to produce architectural-quality
profiles for prominent exposed applications up to 16 inches wide.
This 5,500-ton aluminum extrusion press was installed at the company's
manufacturing facility in Carthage, Tenn., in a new building covering
70,000 square feet.
Built by the Italian manufacturer PRESEZZI, and using the latest
technologies in handling systems from OMAV, this press enables many
new design opportunities for those who are seeking larger extruded
profiles and more design freedom.
"This capability for commercial architectural applications
in this large size range is not available anywhere else in North
America and will enhance Bonnell Aluminum's recognition as the premier
supplier of products to curtain wall, walkway cover, storefront
and automatic entry door manufacturers," said Ira Endres, director
of sales and marketing, in a company news release. "It is a
very exciting time for the company and our customers."
When USGNN.com spoke with Bonnell president Duncan Crowdis
during a company event in October, he noted, "The large press
is going to be the only one of its kind in North America that is
focused on that [nonresidential] market. It will be capable of up
to 16-inch-wide shapes, shapes that many architects are looking
for to be more innovative in their designs." He explained that
as architects push for increasingly large spans of glass, larger-than-ever
extrusions will be needed to support these ambitious designs.
Crowdis added, "It's also going to add a lot more medium press
capacity to our facility, which tends to, in strong times, be a
very limiting factor for us and for our customers. So it's an exciting
Meanwhile, Keymark yesterday announced its plans to install a large
aluminum extrusion press as part of a multi-million dollar expansion
project at its plant in Lakeland, Fla.
The new UBE, 3,000 ton hydraulic press, capable of producing aluminum
extrusions up to 14 inches in circle size, will be installed adjacent
to Keymark's existing 140,000-square-foot facility. The new facility
will incorporate an additional 104,000 square feet of floor space
and will leave room for additional future expansion.
"It will probably increase our capacity over 30 million pounds,"
Brent Slaton, Keymark's national sales coordinator, told USGNN.com.
Slaton noted that the press, as of yesterday, had been delivered
to the facility with the installation soon to follow. "We already
have the facility to put it in," he said. "A lot of the
groundwork has already been done."
Keymark of Florida currently houses two 7-inch aluminum extrusion
presses and a 40-foot horizontal paint line. The new press comes
complete with ancillary equipment (Edward's Kevlar belt driven handling
system, water quench system, automatic stacking equipment and line-stenciling
Keymark's expansion project will create 63 new jobs in the Lakeland
area over the next two years. The planned startup of the new press
will be second quarter of 2010. "Hopefully we will catch the
market on the upswing," Slaton said.
According to Slaton, that "upswing" may be sooner rather
than later. In fact, both extrusion producers noted that these openings
have been well-timed to help these companies grow despite a recovering
When USGNN.com spoke with Endres in October, he noted, "The
recession that we're currently in for the aluminum extrusion industry
really started in mid-2006. We started to see the downturn in the
residential markets and, just to give you an idea of how deep it
is, industry shipments through 2009 as compared to 2006 are projected
to be down about 45 percent. Year-over-year through August industry
shipments are going to be down about 32 percent. As far as Bonnell
Aluminum is concerned, we're doing a little bit better than the
industry-not much, we're all in the same situation-and our view
is going forward that the nonresidential segments still have some
softness ahead well into 2010 and hopefully the support of stimulus
funding and the return of private investment will help us on the
recovery side of the cycle."
Slaton added, "It's slow to come, there's no doubt. We've been
through some tough times the last two years. But we are starting
to see significant amount of quotes, and we've secured a couple
of nice projects recently. It does look like things are improving
in our industry, which is certainly encouraging for everyone."
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