KUALA LUMPUR—Weir Minerals, part of Weir Group P.L.C., has made a $14.7 million (£13 million) investment to double rubber manufacturing at its facility in Batu Caves, Malaysia, near Kuala Lumpur.
The new expanded site, which was opened Sept. 28, includes a new continuous rubber process (CRP2) facility, a new Banbury mixer to manufacture masticated dry rubber and additional rubber presses, Weir said.
The facility features "state-of-the-art" equipment and produces Linatex-branded rubber products, which are used to protect equipment in mining, minerals processing and industrial applications.
"The investment in the CRP2 allows us to increase the production capacity for the high wear and abrasion resistant Linatex rubber sheet," said Stephen Frendt, managing director, Weir Minerals Malaysia.
The rubber mixing process expansion, on the other hand, is an upstream vertical integration of the supply chain, which manufactures masticated dry rubber compounds such as R55, he added.