Multi-million investment project complete: Sekisui Alveo relocates factory and strengthens market presence

Sekisui Alveo, European market leader in the development, manufacture, and distribution of polyolefin foams, has relocated one of its manufacturing plants from Wales to the Netherlands. The company will further reinforce its market presence with a booth at the Foam Expo Europe trade fair in Germany, presenting a wide range of solutions and possibilities it offers with its products.

The transfer of Sekisui Alveo’s foam production lines from Merthyr Tydfil, Wales to its plant in Roermond, Netherlands is now complete. The successful achievement of this milestone marks the end of a challenging period. The project included the relocation of complex machinery, investment in a new building, and recruiting and training of new operators.

Sukusi picture 1 Investment in the future – in service of the customer

Eiji Tateo, CEO of Sekisui Alveo, explains the strategy behind the relocation: “The decision to relocate production was based on a comprehensive business review we conducted in order to secure sustainable and profitable growth in an increasingly challenging market environment. The expansion of the Roermond plant gives us the economies of scale we need for more cost-efficient production and puts us in the position to invest further in the development of new applications and innovative new products. The ultimate goal is to continue serving our market with outstanding solutions for our customers.”

Presentation of capabilities and products

At the forthcoming Foam Expo Europe, Sekisui Alveo will present its extensive portfolio and a broad overview of the many application possibilities. Foam Expo is a three-day exhibition and conference for the technical foam manufacturing supply chain, and this autumn it will be held in Europe for the first time. As Europe’s leading provider of high-quality polyolefin foams, Sekisui Alveo will be present with a booth staffed with a team of experts ready to talk to visitors about their specific needs and help them to find optimal solutions.

Foam Expo Europe 

Being held this year at Hannover, Germany from 16-18 October 2018, Foam Expo is Europe’s first free-to-attend trade fair for manufacturers and buyers of technical foam products & technologies as well as the entire foam supply chain. The fair will feature moulded, rigid, and flexible foam solutions utilising materials ranging from urethanes to elastomeric materials such as rubber and PVC, a full range of equipment and machinery manufacturers, and many foam providers. Foam Expo will highlight the latest product applications, services, and equipment from multiple sectors, including foam manufacturing, adhesives & sealants, converting & fabricating, equipment & machinery, raw materials, recycling, and testing. The event brings together the entire supply chain as well as buyers from key end-user markets.

Sekusi 2Specialist for high-quality polyolefin foams

Sekisui Alveo specialises in the development, production, and distribution of high-quality extruded and cross-linked polyolefin foams. The company generates an annual turnover of €140 million, serving Europe as the primary market. Founded in 1971 and today employing some 500 people, Sekisui Alveo is headquartered in Lucerne, Switzerland and has local sales representatives throughout Europe. The two production plants of Sekisui Alveo are located at Roermond, Netherlands and Bad Sobernheim, Germany.

Comprehensive product range

Thanks to the wide range of polyolefin-based foam solutions and products with functional surfaces, the company’s products also meet highly specific application requirements. With a comprehensive range of high-quality roll and block foams, Sekisui Alveo offers ideal materials for every converting process. Sekisui Alveo’s products are used in the manufacture of consumer and industrial goods as well as industries such as construction, automobile, medical, packaging, and sports & leisure.

A passion for foam

For Sekisui Alveo, foam is more than a product – it's a passion. The company’s specialists work closely with customers to find ideal foam solutions. This often involves co-engineering and new product development. The company is known for innovation in foam, a core competency supported by its in-house Application Services Laboratory in Switzerland, a fully equipped technical facility for materials testing and prototype development that is unique in this field in Europe. Innovation, customer partnership, and a strong commitment to top quality has made the company a European market leader in the field of polyolefin foams.

Globally rooted

Sekisui Alveo is a subsidiary of Sekisui Chemical Co. Ltd., a global chemical group based in Japan and present in every key market in the world. The group focuses on three main business sectors: high-performance plastics, urban infrastructure & environmental products, and housing. The Sekisui group employs more than 23,000 people and includes more than 150 subsidiaries in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the USA. Sekisui Alveo enjoys access to the wealth of competence and know-how exchanged within the Sekisui group and passes it on to its customers in the form of technological benefits and added value.

Sekisui Alveo will be exhibiting at Foam Expo Europe 2018 at Stand 625