LONDON Nanshan America
Co., a subsidiary of Chinas Nanshan Group Co. Ltd., has
delayed the installation and start-up of two extrusion presses
in Lafayette, Ind.
The first press was initially
set to come online by August and the second by December
(amm.com, Feb. 10), but the company delayed the
start-up after facing issues with the foundations for
equipment, project director Jamie Beardsley told
The first press, a 12-inch, will
now begin production in January; the second, which will extrude
large-diameter shapes, will begin production in April, he
"This is all new equipment
thats custom built, and its very large. It requires
unique or individual foundations to support it. So we had to
make sure we had the right foundations in place to support the
loads," Beardsley said.
Assessing the foundations and
"gathering the technical information" pushed back the equipment
installation, he added.
"This is not something you want
to put together and then take out a few years later," Beardsley
said. "We did slip on the schedule of the first press
installation (but) being in our industry and knowing the fourth
quarter will be slow, we didnt feel like there would be a
lot of commercial loss."
The two presses will have a
nameplate capacity of 80 million pounds per year and will
supply a variety of end-markets, including distribution,
transportation and general industrial, among others.