NEWELL, W.Va.—With lead times for raw materials like sponge and solid rubber in the weeks-to-months range, Bellofram Silicones Inc. intends to cut them—finely, using a brand new skiver—to between one and two weeks.
The purchase, from Aachen, Germany-based Fecken-Kirfel GmbH and Co., brings another service—like the valued custom mixing that the company does—under on roof, streamlining the entire process for converters, Bellofram's main customers.
A cost of the skiver was not disclosed.
"Global supply chain issues have dominated the news in the era of COVID-19, along with resulting delays in delivery of product," the company stated in a Feb. 8 release. "Bellofram Silicones ... had kept lead times to an already manageable five to six weeks.
"The acquisition of the skiver further changes the game."