Canada-headquartered AirBoss of America Corp’s Rubber Solutions segment is expanding its mixing capabilities at its plants in Scotland Neck, North Carolina and Kitchener, Ontario.
The company, which develops, manufactures and markets high-quality, proprietary rubber-based products to various industries, including automotive, heavy industry, construction and infrastructure, oil & gas, and defence, has operated a 13,935 sq m rubber compounding facility in North Carolina since 2004. In relation to the expansion, Airboss is receiving a performance-based grant from the state-initiated fund to facilitate the company’s expansion, which will include the addition of a new rubber compounding line that is expected to double this facility’s rubber mixing capacity and should be fully operational by July this year.
Moreover, an additional expansion is planned at AirBoss’s 92,903 sq m (one million square feet) plant in Kitchener. This Ontario facility is already one of the largest custom rubber compounding facilities in North America, according to Air Boss, and will soon be poised to better serve the specialty compound market. The expansion at this plant will consist of the addition of a new dedicated white and colour mixing line. The new mixing line, which is targeted to increase AirBoss’s market penetration in the areas of white and coloured specialty rubber compounds, is expected to be fully operational by March.