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PPE completes facilities expansion

By Gerald Ondrey |

High-performance elastomer seals specialist, Precision Polymer Engineering, Ltd. (PPE; Blackburn, U.K.; www.prepol.com) has completed a three-year, £5-million, expansion of its manufacturing, sales administration, materials research and training facilities in Blackburn. The expansion doubles the size of PPE’s factory to 6,000 m2, which also includes a class 10,000 clean-room facility, and one of the UK’s largest O-ring-molding presses. A separate office block has been built to provide sales offices and purpose-built training and professional development facilities for employees and customers. As part of the factory expansion, PPE has increased the size and capability of its Materials Characterization Center. This advanced materials testing and research laboratory provides an array of physical and chemical testing facilities for elastomers. It also includes a greatly enhanced explosive decompression test rig, enabling more in-depth, industry-leading analytical work on material development with customers. “Material development is critical to our continued growth. Our customers look to us to provide elastomer seals that give them a competitive and performance edge. By increasing our elastomer research and test…
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