Clacton-on Sea, UK – Scandia Refrigeration has purchased a suite of rigid PIR processing equipment from AutoRIM to help with cold chain equipment production.
The machinery includes two 1+1 panel presses, a 20m mixing head carriage and a Hennecke Topline 1250 mixing machine with Lambdamat pre-mixing station.
AutoRIM is Hennecke's UK agent and installed the equipment.
Phillip Hindson, director AutoRIM, explained that the Lambdamat machine allows liquid blowing agents to be batch blended at high proportions into the polyol stream.
He added that formulation support is being supplied by Barrie Colvin at Huntsman IFS.
Darren Mockford is Scandia's MD. He said 'AutoRIM met our need for a single UK supplier which could respond promptly and provide a solution and on-going support.'
The new equipment will be used to make interlocking cold storage panels.
Hindson said that UK polyurethane processors are trying to ensure security of supply. He said they are concerned about Brexit, tariff barriers or a further dip in the GBP/EUR exchange rate. This is down 12% on pre-referendum levels.
The UK market for PU insulation, SIPs, insulation boards, cold store panels and composite doors is showing strong growth, he added.
Increased environmental awareness and rising energy costs are driving demand for more energy efficient products, said Hindson.
He added that separately, Danny Watson and James Hindson have become AutoRim directors of the firm. This is 'to ensure continued growth at AutoRIM,' he said.
Watson has 22 years' experience in polyurethane machinery at OMS, GAP and AutoRIM. Watson is the company's director of engineering.
James Hindson has 10 years service at AutoRIM and is director of service and technical support.