EASTHAMPTON, Mass.—Adhesive Applications Inc. has expanded its manufacturing operation by replacing one small factory with a larger customized production plant.
The new facility spans about 52,000 square feet and is located in Easthampton, near the company's headquarters and factory.
Production of film tapes and transfer adhesives has been moved to the new site along with foam tapes, currently made at the firm's 43,000-sq.-ft. headquarters plant, which now will have more room to produce other products, a spokesman said.
The company—formed in May 2009 when Stik-2 Products merged with Dielectric Polymers—has a broad product portfolio, including silicone, acrylic and rubber-based adhesive tape offerings for high temperature masking, splicing, protecting, laminating, sealing, mounting, gasketing and bonding.
“This expansion comes in the midst of significant growth for our company,” said Wayne Tangel, president of Adhesive Applications.
He said the larger factory, which is owned by parent October Co., was needed “to keep up with the increased demands from our customers and now provides us with a larger and more con¼centrated focus on creating even better adhesive products in higher volume.”
Additional equipment—including a coating line, pilot cutter and logging machine—have been added at the new facility, which also features new expanded laboratories, the spokesman said.
The pressure sensitive adhesive product maker also has beefed up its work force by about 30 percent, he said, although he did not give the size of the present staff. Financial details were not released.
With the additional production space, the spokesman said, the firm can manufacture its products on a much larger scale, which will be necessary to handle increased business.
The new site is “heavily modified to meet all lean manufacturing requirements and layout,” he said. “In addition, the company invested substantially in deep energy retrofits, which will save costs and cut waste for years to come. The facility also provides for additional expansion if necessary.”
During the last several years, the company has been building its line of core offerings while expanding into new areas. That led to greater customer demand, numerous new applications from the firm's research and development department, and the addition of new markets.
Adhesive Applications' broad line of film, foam, transfer adhesive and specialty tapes along with its sealants are used in applications ranging from aerospace to windows.
Among the products it most recently unveiled is a new double-coated silicone pressure sensitive adhesive. The supported adhesive can be applied directly to sheets of silicone or foam, the company said, as well as for converters who are die-cutting or laminating.
“Microfluidic applications are becoming more prevalent where silicone pressure sensitive adhesives are used to laminate multiple layers of polymers that have intricate patterns,” said David Premo, vice president and general manager for the company.