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RTP Company Expands Its Color Compounding Capacity to Ensure 5-Day Lead Time


WINONA, MINNESOTA, USA -(June 11, 2008)- The Color Division of specialty compounder RTP Company announced that it has expanded its capacity on a number of fronts for the production of masterbatches and precolored resins. "Additional capacity allows us to meet customer needs more effectively and increases our delivery flexibility," said Jean Sirois, General Manager - RTP Color.

"Currently, we offer a 5-day lead time for color masterbatches and precolored resins. As sales increase, the only way to continue supplying in 5-day window is to have a capacity growing at a faster rate so that we can stay ahead of the curve."

Recent capacity increases include five new extrusion lines at the company's Winona, Minnesota facility, one of which is dedicated to the manufacture of fluoropolymer colors and compounds. "We've also added lines for color laboratory and production at our Suzhou, China; Singapore; and Fort Worth, Texas locations," said Sirois. "This year we will complete an expansion at our color laboratory in Beaune, France, in addition to an extrusion line for color products. Expanding our laboratories allows us to provide a greater level of color solutions for the industry's ever changing and ever challenging needs."

One of the hallmarks of RTP Company's Color Division is its motto "Your Color-Your Way." According to Sirois, choosing a supplier who can deliver quality color in a customer's preferred mode is as important as selecting the right color. "RTP Company provides an independent and objective assessment of what's best for our customer's particular process: masterbatches or precolored resins," he explained. "No other supplier offers both products without bias. As a specialty compounder, we have unparalleled resin and processing knowledge, allowing us to develop customized solutions for issues that customers have not been able to solve."

RTP Company has a catalog of over 300 standard colors available as masterbatch or precolored resins in polymers ranging from ABS to PEEK. "We offer precoloring in over 50 different polymer systems," said Sirois. "Our standard products are performance guaranteed and cover the 13 of the most common engineering polymers."

"RTP Company provides fair and objective opinions on which polymer is best for the application," explained Sirois. "We are not obligated to recommend only certain polymers. The solution we offer is the one that is best for our customer's particular needs." For those who do require a specific grade, RTP Company offers tradename precolor options in addition to its own precolored resin recommendations.

About RTP Company

RTP Company, headquartered in Winona, Minnesota, is a global leader in specialty thermoplastic compounding. The company has eight manufacturing plants on three continents, plus sales representatives throughout North America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific. RTP Company's engineers develop custom compounds in over 60 different engineering resin systems for applications requiring color, conductive, elastomeric, flame retardant, high temperature, shielding, structural, and wear resistant properties.

For more information call (800) 433-4787 or (507) 454-6900, or visit our website at www.rtpcolor.com.

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Gemini Communications

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Email: krisj@geminiinc.com

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