ATLANTA (Dec. 7, 2011)—Lehigh Technologies Inc, has completed a 40-percent capacity expansion at its facility that producers fine rubber powder from scrap tire chips.
The company invested about $3 million in the expansion at its plant in Tucker, Ga., where Lehigh is based. The project, which started earlier this year, brings annual plant capacity to 140 million pounds, Lehigh said.
The expansion included increased capability for preprocessing and material handling, micronized rubber powder classification systems, engineering enhancements on the facility's six production lines, as well as the installation of state-of-the-art monitoring for process and quality control, the firm said.
Lehigh said its proprietary manufacturing process takes end-of-life tire and other post-industrial rubber material and “upcycles” it into micron-scale, high quality, sustainable powders.