Mankiewicz, owner of Alexseal is to further expand its Charleston, USA facility because of what the company claimed was a need for more space in light of increased US demand.

Speaking exclusively to Alexseal’s Tripp Nelson said the site expansion would have a direct, positive impact on its operation. “We will be in a better position to ship material ‘just in time’ throughout North America, as well as Central and South America”, Nelson explained. “In addition, since our topcoats are all factory packaged to insure colour consistency, the additional manufacturing space allows us to produce more batches in a shorter time.  This will result in quicker delivery of custom and standard colours.”

The new site will provide 2,300sqm, on which a dedicated R&D facility will be constructed, in addition to a semi-automated logistics centre and a training facility. Costing $20 million, the first phase of the project will be completed by the end of Q1 2015.

“The new R&D facility will allow us to have a dedicated training centre for applicators and crew, which will result in more frequent training programmes”, Nelson explained. “We currently hold training classes in Charleston, SC but the need for more space to enlarge the class size and frequency has driven the decision to dedicate a significant portion of our new facility to training.”

Nelson said that Alexseal product development would, most likely, continue to take place in Hamburg but that would now be supplemented by R&D work in Charleston. “This will allow us to have a more hands-on experience from a broader customer base”, he explained.

Alexseal will be discussing its latest projects and products, including the new additions to its portfolio of metallic colours, at the Monaco Yacht Show.

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