Quanex has made a major investment in its Mikron brand of vinyl door and window profiles in the form of new extrusion equipment sourced from Extrunet, an Austria-based company specializing in extrusion technology, at its Kent, Wash., facility.

Quanex Building Products has announced a major investment in its Mikron brand of vinyl door and window profiles in the form of new extrusion equipment at its Kent, Wash., facility.

The advanced manufacturing lines are sourced from Extrunet, an Austria-based company specializing in extrusion technology. Quanex anticipates that the new lines will be fully operational by early 2020. Once complete, this facility will be one of the most advanced extrusion operations in North America, according to the company.

“We’re making this investment because we fully believe in Mikron and its continued success,” says Bob Daniels, president of North American Fenestration for Quanex Building Products. “By driving new efficiency in our manufacturing capabilities, our customers will experience the benefits firsthand in the form of improved production stability and overall customer experience.”

The new lines are fully digitized, enabling the production team’s insight into relevant data and analytics to help drive manufacturing efficiencies at every level, according to the company.

Quanex has already seen and experienced the benefits from Extrunet equipment and the company’s expertise and support as a supplier, according to the company. HL Plastics, a Quanex company and manufacturer of Liniar-brand PVC door and windows in the United Kingdom, utilizes advanced Extrunet lines at its Derbyshire plant.

“This is also an investment in our people,” says Daniels. “The new equipment will be first and foremost safer, easier to work with, featuring cleaner, quieter and more sustainable operations for an improved plant floor environment.”

The investment is made in conjunction with the formation of Quanex’s North American Fenestration Group.

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