The company has also expanded internationally. Since 2012, there has been a production and distribution site in Buford, USA. Before that, in the year 2008, a bold move into China was made and, ever since that time, the company has been successfully developing its business in Asia. “By establishing a site in Qingdao, we created a strategic base for us to tap into the Chinese market,” adds Schmid. “And we will be extending it even further in the years ahead.” Only recently, the company opened a new state-of-the- art production facility. Besides the NAFTA region, China is the main focus of activities, without of course neglecting the core market of Europe.
However, the expertise developed by ElringKlinger Kunststofftechnik is by no means limited to the manu-facturing process – it is also evident in its prowess when it comes to materials science. The addition of organic and inorganic fillers allows the properties of the end product to be fine-tuned in a targeted manner. For instance, material enriched with graphite and carbon fiber increases the abrasion resistance, while fiberglass reduces the creep tendency of the base material and bismuth carbonate makes tubes used in medical applications visible on the X-ray screen. Precision coloring is also possible. This aspect, which may seem comparatively trivial, can have enormous benefits. The colored markings of certain tubes allow the attending physician to control their precise position during medical interventions.