Twelve years ago, NEO Group purchased BKG® underwater pelletizers and related components for three PET polymerization lines but installed only two, storing the unused BKG equipment in their original shipping boxes. Today the company has a new, third PET line, making it the second-largest PET producer in Europe, and those 12-year-old BKG pelletizers are hard at work as if they were delivered yesterday.
NEO Group had purchased the PET production lines from Zimmer AG, including twelve BKG underwater pelletizers—four for each polymerization line—plus polymer diverter valves, gear pumps, water systems, pellet dryers, and controls.
“We simply opened the shipping boxes, assembled the BKG components, and plugged them in,” said Ruslanas Radajevas, general manager. “After twelve years in storage, everything ran extremely smoothly—no problems, no troubles.”
The smooth startup of the pelletizing systems reflects the high quality inherent in BKG products, noted Godfrey Sandham, vice president, Nordson Polymer Processing Systems, Europe. “It was the excellent reputation of BKG pelletizers and melt delivery components that drove Nordson to acquire these businesses,” said Mr. Sandham. “Since then we have invested heavily in processes for continuous improvement of our products and have just completed construction of a global hub for the BKG brand in Münster, Germany.”