08.06.18

J-Tec Material Handling supplies process installation for Kaneka Belgium’s award winning investment

Kaneka invests in new production facilities for Kaneka MS Polymer™ and Eperan™ in Westerlo-Oevel, Belgium

Foreign Investment of the Year

Last year, Kaneka invested in new cutting-edge production facilities for Kaneka MS Polymer™ and its expanded polyolefin foam, Eperan™. This resulted in winning the prestigious Foreign Investment of the Year Trophy 2018 at FIT’s Foreign Investment Trophy.

Kaneka Belgium selected J-Tec as a supplier for the process handling installation of their new production lines in Westerlo-Oevel, and we are very proud to have contributed to this amazing achievement.

 

J-Tec project scope

J-Tec provides conveying systems for all raw materials, including intermediate storage, feeding towards the production line and finished product handling towards packaging systems. To reach optimal process controllability, extra attention is paid to high quality design and execution of the integrated process components.

The projects started at the end of 2017, and both state-of-the-art production facilities are expected to be operational by the first quarter of 2019.

Read all about the projects here and here.

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