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WPC Extrusion - Reducing Energy Costs

SpecialChem / May 21, 2008

A driving economic reality of the wood-plastics composites (WPC) business is that the end product costs more than natural wood. Energy costs are a significant part of the equation. WPC compensates for its higher price by offering durability and minimum maintenance requirements, along with ease of installation and attractive appearance. Still, the need to minimize the price must be addressed. One approach to reviewing and reducing energy costs, here summarized, has been adopted by Cincinnati Extrusion (Erlanger, KY), according to President Hans-J├╝rgen Matthesius. It is not enough to know total energy consumption. You need to know where and when how much energy is consumed. It is necessary to get the right match of the product and equipment to minimize energy consumption. Energy costs can become a known variable and a basis for managing internal demand and negotiations with energy suppliers. Energy costs can be 3.75 times the annual extrusion line investment cost, yet energy cost is often considered marginal.

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