Ross-on-Wye, UK – Ballytherm plans to install a 38m double belt conveyor and associated equipment to make 1.2M m3 flexible faced polyisocyanurate panels at a facility in Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire.
The new plant, with about three times more capacity than the company's original site at Ballyconnell, Ireland, will be in a 257,000 sq ft (2.4ha) facility on a 15-acre (6ha) site.
The complete line is from Hennecke-OMS, and is designed to operate at 45m/min, with potential for up to 70m/min, Ballytherm said.
The line comprises a continuous foaming line, conveyor, foaming/mixing /distribution units, cross cutting unit, a panel cooling section, and the stocking and packing equipment for the final products.
Installation is scheduled to start in October this year, with commissioning planned for Q2 2021.
'The new plant offers significant opportunity for future growth,' said Brendan Cosgrove, Ballytherm's managing director. Output from the new plant, which is well-positioned for the UK motorway network, will be aimed at the market in the south of the British Isles. Output from the Ballyconnell plant will supply the north of the country or could be exported within the EU, the company said.
'Brexit was a part of the thought process about locating the plant,' said Cosgrove. He added that it would dilute any potential problems supplying the UK. He claimed it is still too soon to say what the exit agreement between the UK and EU will mean for cross-border trade.