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AS SHIPMENTS OF MAGUIRE® BLENDER APPROACH 30,000-UNIT FIGURE, INNOVATION AND NEW MARKETS DRIVE RAPID GROWTH OF BLENDER SALES
DÜSSELDORF, October 20, 2004 - The world's leading gravimetric raw-material dosing system for plastics processors is 15 years old as K 2004 opens, but sales of the Maguire® Weigh Scale Blender (WSB) are still booming, according to Maguire Products, Inc. (Hall 4, Stand 4C05). Further innovation is expanding the applicability of the WSB. Processors are discovering the automation capabilities of this system and its advantages over more costly and cumbersome equipment such as loss-in-weight and volumetric blenders. And vast new markets for the WSB are opening in regions of burgeoning plastics activity, particularly Asia.
The Maguire blender is selling at the rate of 250-300 units per month, the 27,000th WSB has just been shipped, and the milestone figure of 30,000 units is less than a year away, according to marketing and sales vice president B. Patrick (Pat) Smith.
"After extensive adoption of the Maguire blender by processors in the U.S., growth is now very rapid in Europe and Asia," said Smith. "Processors worldwide are turning to the WSB as a key to the automation they need to stay competitive. A small investment, the WSB quickly pays for itself by maintaining material consumption within tight tolerances and ensuring product consistency. Processors who once used expensive pre-colored resins, for example, now employ Maguire WSBs for precise blending of virgin resin and masterbatch. And the WSB makes it possible to incorporate regrind with greater confidence because it yields a homogeneous blend of regrind with virgin resin and additives."
In addition, Smith noted, many molders who operate specialized, small-throughput production lines or manufacture technical components have adopted the Maguire WSB because of its precision and the wealth of data that it yields for quality management and documentation.
Maguire is expanding the applicability of the WSB through innovations involving:
Simple and Inexpensive WSB Continues to Replace More Elaborate and Costly Systems
"Among the reasons for the surge in growth for the Maguire WSB,"" Smith said, "is that it has taken time for some processors to appreciate that a system so low in cost, simple in design, and easy to use can work well in complex or high-volume operations where more costly and elaborate dosing equipment has been the norm." Smith cited these examples:
MAGUIRE PRODUCTS, INC., headquartered in Aston, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., is the
world's largest supplier of gravimetric blenders and liquid color pumps and also manufactures loading systems, granulators, dryers, auger feeders, and related equipment and software. Its customers include injection, blow, and rotational molders, extrusion processors, and compounders. Founded in 1977, Maguire operates five manufacturing facilities in Aston and Smithfield, Rhode Island, U.S.A. The company maintains a network of distributors in the Americas and overseas and has two sales and service subsidiaries:
Maguire Europe, which supports customers throughout Europe and operates a distribution center in Tamworth, Staffordshire, United Kingdom; and Singapore-based
Maguire Asia, serves customers throughout South Asia and the Pacific Rim. Visit the Maguire Products web site: www.maguire.com