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LOTTE Chemical Expands Production Capacity

Posted on 25 February 2021 by cradmin

LOTTE Chemical announced the addition of a third engineered-stone production line at its Belenco plant in Turkey. The expanded production volume of the Turkish plant supplements LOTTE’s Yeosu plant in South Korea. The combined capacity of the two facilities is 22 million sq. ft. per annum.

According to LOTTE, the $30M investment in the new production line will ensure a stable and secure global supply chain for its engineered-stone products. LOTTE’s Turkish facility’s proven manufacturing capabilities are complemented by distribution efficiencies through the port of Izmir and access to ample raw materials from a nearby stone mine.

Acquired by LOTTE in March 2019, Belenco is the largest manufacturer of engineered stone in Turkey. The plant is located in Turkey’s Manisa OIZ industrial complex, on the outskirts of the city of Izmir. Belenco utilizes state-of-the-art, Breton manufacturing technology; a process that produces high-quality, technologically advanced engineered-stone material for the building industry. LOTTE has been a licensee of Breton technology since 2018, utilizing the process in the development of its popular Cirrus Collection of quartz surfaces.

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Caesarstone Plagued by Production Problems

Posted on 16 November 2017 by cradmin

After a couple of huge stock losses in 2015 and the appointment of a new CEO in 2016, problems continue to plague Caesarstone in 2017 – this time in production. Problems in production have so far led to lower than expected profit margins and a slew of management changes at both the company’s U.S. and Israel facilities.

During the third quarter of 2017, Caesarstone yielded nearly $155 million in revenue and a gross profit of only $49.7 million, 15 percent less than the third quarter of 2016.

“Third quarter revenue increased by 7.2% to a new record of $155 million,” said CEO Raanan Zilberman. “Gross margin was far below our expectation as a result of challenges related to our manufacturing performances.”

According to Zilberman, the downshift in production was caused by a change in the company’s product mix, which now uses two formulas: one for premium and one for differentiated. This lead to longer cycle and setup times for each model. Caesarstone claims that this change enables the company to “maintain a premium position in the market and our prices” and that the lag is addressable with the right management.

At the U.S. plant, poor performance was attributed to a combination of extending the range of offerings to high-end products, which require longer to manufacture and having to close for a week because of Hurricane Irma.

“I have decided to appoint a new VP of global operations,” explained Zilberman. “I have already placed a new leadership team in Richmond Hill, including a new plant manager, a new operation manager, a few new department managers and a team of technical and manufacturing experts, all coming from Israel.”

At the Israel facility, changes began in October when two new plant managers and a production manager were hired. The new team will be rotated to “enhance the managerial structure and capacity of management.”

“We are starting to implement a series of improvement process to shorten the cycle time and to minimize the idle time,” Zilberman concluded. “Those improvement processes can take some time, but if we will implement them correctly, they will yield the expected results.”

In addition, to better meet demand, Caesarstone has been utilizing some OEM production for basic SKUs under strict specifications and a quality assurance process.

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Formica Group Opens New Laminate Plant in China

Posted on 12 November 2013 by cradmin

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Formica Group opened a new laminate production facility in Jiujiang, Jiangxi province of China. It is one of the largest facilities in Formica Group’s international operations, and marks a substantial new phase of development in Asia for Formica Group and its parent company, Fletcher Building. Government officials from Jiujiang City were in attendance as the doors to the new modern plant opened on November 7, 2013, two years after Formica Group and the Jiujiang government signed an agreement for the plant to be built.The plant houses 10 production presses which are capable of producing more than 484 million square meters of laminate a year when fully in operation. It is the only facility in China capable of providing high pressure laminate sized 6 by 14 ft., for which there reportedly is high demand from China and Europe.

Fletcher Building chief executive Mark Adamson reportedly said that China is a key global player in decorative materials production, consumption and exportation, and that the new Jiujiang plant sets a new benchmark for sustainable production in the decorative materials industry. “Fletcher Building as well as Formica Group has made a considerable investment in best practice material sourcing, waste management, energy efficiency, and emission control,” said Adamson.

Paul Zuckerman, chief executive of Fletcher Building’s Laminates and Panels Division, said China’€™s rapid economic development has boosted demand for better commercial and residential working and living environments. “This will boost demand for green, multi-functional and high-quality laminate surfacing products,” said Zuckerman. “As part of our global strategy, Formica Decorative Materials (China) Co. Ltd. will not only feed China’s rapidly growing appetite for top quality laminate products, but also create maximum values to other markets.”

The new facility reportedly has a number of sustainable technologies in use, such as:

  • Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) industrial process for the treatment of exhaust air from phenolic impregnators, which reduces exhaust emissions
  • Regenerative carbon absorption equipment to treat exhaust air from melamine resin impregnators and the resin manufacturing plant
  • Advanced ventilation and air conditioning systems that comply with the strictest national standards
  • Modern building insulation methods and lighting controls to minimize energy consumption
  • The latest resin formula and production controls to limit environmental impact
  • Modern dust collection systems to minimize atmospheric emissions and make dust available for recycling in other industries
  • Up-to-date heat recovery equipment on all production presses; and
  • A rainwater collecting system to reuse the water for gardening and cleaning.

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Eurosoft Upgrades Countertop Software

Posted on 07 January 2013 by cradmin

Eurosoft countertop production softwareEurosoft added a line of Elevation tools to its TOPaz Complete Countertop Production software’s extensive Drawing Library. The Elevation Tools provide users freedom to design components added in elevation such as backsplashes and wall panels in any style, shape or size. TOPaz also allows invoicing of customers and outputting of machine code or multi-layered DXF files direct to CNC machines.

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