Executive’s Corner: 2015 – A Very Good Year

Kirk HanawaltWelcome to the latest issue of Extrusion Solutions.

As this issue goes to press it’s been just over six months since NPE2015 was held in Orlando, FL. It would be an understatement to say this was a great show, both for ENTEK and the North American plastics industry as a whole.

NPE2015 brought in a record number of exhibitors, and almost 20% more show space was used than at the last NPE. The mood on the show floor was upbeat and we at ENTEK were especially happy with the large turnout of interested visitors to our booth, many who came to see our newest machine, the QC3-43MM twin-screw extruder.  Interest in our new machine was great and we are continuing to see a lot of NPE-generated activity.

A big thank you goes out to all of our internal team here at ENTEK who worked many long hours planning and executing our NPE booth, displays and messaging. I also want to thank all of you who stopped by to see us at NPE, and we will look forward to seeing you again in Orlando at NPE2018!

QC3TM Updates

We are happy to announce some news regarding ENTEK’s new QC3TM (Quick Change, Quick Clean, and Quality Control) machine platform:

  1. we have added a new machine, our QC3-43MM twin-screw extruder, to our in-house development lab, where it is now being used for customer compounding trials (see story on p. 5), and
  2. we have recently expanded the QC3TM platform by adding many of the features of the QC3-43MM twin-screw extruder to our 27MM and 53MM machines (see story on p. 3).

The new QC3TM platform is one that we are truly proud to have brought to market.  It represents the best of what a team of professionals can do when they actually ask customers what they want, and need, in a twin-screw extruder – and then set out to provide a machine that meets or exceeds those needs.

Good Times

I’m happy to report that business at ENTEK is good, and well balanced: we are welcoming numerous new customers, continuing to support existing customers, and helping them grow their businesses around the globe.

Our sales of ENTEK twin-screw extruders and replacement wear parts are strong, and Plant Services continues to be a growing part of our business. Teams of ENTEK engineers (electrical, mechanical, controls, and others) are working to design and install complete extrusion systems and manufacturing plants.

Thank you to all of our customers for their continued support.

As always, I encourage you to contact me anytime at khanawalt@entek.com.


Dr. Kirk Hanawalt

President, ENTEK Extruders

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