Gurit to double PVC core production in China

The PVCellG-Foam family, developed for the manufacture of wind turbine rotor blades for the Chinese market, has met with positive customer response since the market launch of the full product portfolio in August.

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Gurit (Wattwil, Switzerland), a developer and producer of advanced composite materials and technologies, announced on Oct. 7 that it will double the manufacturing capacity for PVCell G-Foam core materials at its China Techno Foam facility in in Qingdao, China.

The expansion will result in an investment of some CHF 5 million ($5.2 million USD) and is targeted to become operational by summer 2011. The PVCellG-Foam family, developed for the manufacture of wind turbine rotor blades for the Chinese market, has met with positive customer response since the market launch of the full product portfolio in August.

"After successfully ramping up production, we are very pleased to announce that the manufacturing capacity at China Techno Foam will soon be doubled to meet the increasing demand of the local Chinese wind turbine blade manufacturers," says Rudolf Gerber, general manager Wind Energy of Gurit.

By complementing its range of CoreCell structural foam products with a range of PVC foams manufactured in China and for China, as well as the ability to supply balsa, Gurit has expanded its position in the materials market for rotor blades that are built using infusion technology. Gurit offers fully tailored and ready-to-use pure foam or combined foam and balsa core material kits.