Adding Seventh Blow Molding Machine For Manufacture of EPA-Compliant, Non-Automotive Fuel Tanks

FAIRFIELD, Iowa—Agri-Industrial Plastics Company, a leading industrial blow molder of large parts, continues its commitment to set the standard for EPA-compliant, non-automotive fuel tank production with the purchase of a new six layer continuous co-extrusion (coex) blow molding machine from Bonn, Germany-based Kautex Maschinenbau GmbH. To be ready for production in 2018, the addition will multiply the company’s fuel tank output for the growing turf equipment and power sports markets.

“Agri’s continued investment in multi-layer production capacity is a direct reflection of our customers’ success in their respective markets,” said Mick Stielow, Director of Sales, Agri-Industrial Plastics Co. “We’re fortunate to have established strong relationships with customers that value our design, engineering and processing expertise.”

The new Kautex KBSmart120 machine will manufacture low-perm multi-layer gas tanks, adding to the current production capabilities of Agri-Industrial’s existing KB240 and KBSmart61 machines. The KBSMart120 utilizes a single clamp and robotic parison transfer to optimize production efficiencies.

Agri-Industrial was one of the first non-automotive custom blow molders in the United States to adopt multi-layer technology as a barrier solution to meet changing regulations set forth by the EPA. The HDPE fuel tank is composed of two virgin layers, two adhesive layers, an EVOH barrier layer, and a regrind layer. Permeation levels for the multilayer tanks exceed both the current EPA and CARB standards for tanks in the small engine and marine markets.

Founded in 1978, Agri-Industrial Plastics Co. is a leading industrial blow molder of large parts including non-automotive fuel tanks for the recreational equipment, lawn and garden, agricultural, and watercraft industries. Agri-Industrial serves a diverse customer base and offers unparalleled expertise in part and mold design, engineering, part production, and assembly. The company’s 340,000 square ft. manufacturing facility based in Fairfield, Iowa, currently houses 20 mono-layer accumulator-head industrial blow molding machines and six multi-layer continuous coex machines specifically for non-automotive fuel tank production.

For further information, contact:
Mick Stielow
Agri-Industrial Plastics Co.
301 North 22nd Street
Fairfield, Iowa 52556
(641) 472-4188