March 10, 2021 – We are excited to announce we are investing $12 million in the first phase of a new aluminum extrusion press line for our Franklin, NH facility. The investment will double our current extrusion output to 55 million pounds and support growing demand from customers and partners for aluminum extrusions and value-added components.
Made by Italy-based Presezzi Extrusion Group, the world-class 2,920-ton, 8-inch press line includes the latest in automation and mechanical technology and advanced safety features, including:
- Presezzi ESS energy-saving system, which provides a 35% reduction in energy requirements compared to many existing systems.
- Six-stage, energy-efficient tapered aluminum billet furnace.
- Two-stage post extrusion quench system with enhanced, distortion-free cooling.
- High-precision double-stage finish saw.
- Fully automated operation, post extrusion through transfer to tempering operation.
“We see continued demand from new and existing customers across all industries for custom extruded profiles, as well as expanded downstream, value-added manufacturing process requirements, including precision machining, fabrication, laser tube cutting, automated welding, and assembly, says Andrew Curland, Vitex Extrusion President. “The new press line enables us to address this demand and support future growth plans for the company.”
The new extrusion line is expected to be operational in December 2021. The project’s second phase will commence in late 2022 and include additional aging capacity, automated overhead crane movement, and automated packaging. Vitex will partner with Presezzi and Belco Industries for the new equipment and planning.
Continued Investments in Manufacturing Capabilities
Vitex has been investing in and modernizing its Franklin facility for the past 13 years. Initial stages focused on developing value-added fabrication and machining services to support its electronics, solar, sporting goods, furniture, tier 2 automotive, and building and construction customers. In 2010, Vitex selected Presezzi Extrusion for its first 8-inch press to replace an aging 7-inch press.
Over the last ten years, more than $18 million has been invested in a state-of-the-art quench system; automated profile stacking, handling, and packing systems; and additional CNC machines for greater value-added capabilities. In 2020 the company’s value-added business was moved into a dedicated 50,000 sq. ft. facility, adjoining the company’s Franklin campus.