The Tire Retread and Repair Information Buerau (TRIB) announced that member Hexpol Compounding HQ sa, a Belgium-based global provider of elastomer compounds, has solidified its position in the tire industry with the integration of Robbins LLC into the Hexpol family.
Robbins LLC is a manufacturer of quality envelopes and curing tubes for tires, as well as a leading U.S. rubber compounding company with a strong position in mining and agriculture, notes TRIB, which adds that acquiring Robbins LLC has proven to be a perfect complement to Hexpol's breadth of technology, existing capabilities, and industry knowledge.
During the past year, Hexpol's NAFTA integration team introduced Robbins LLC business lines to appropriate Hexpol locations, merged the sales teams from both companies, implemented financial controls and cost reductions, and adjusted inventory levels to reflect the new business model and better serve Hexpol and Robbins customers.
Under the leadership of new Managing Director Christopher Poirier, the Robbins Muscle Shoals, Alabama, facility recently completed its initial ISO 14001 environmental assessment and was named Hexpol's "Most Improved Facility."
"Our associates worked hard and put a lot of effort into making improvements and meeting Hexpol's standards," Poirier explained.
"Now we're working to ensure that Hexpol customers can draw on Robbins LLC expertise from all of Hexpol's NAFTA facilities."
The Robbins LLC brand within Hexpol recently developed a specialized tire market sales team to focus on multiple aspects of serving the tire industry, including:
"Robbins LLC has the perfect complement of product and service offerings for Hexpol,” said Tracy Garrison, CEO and president of Hexpol Compounding NAFTA.
"Together, we bring industry leading solutions to our customers, while elevating our position in the tire industry to second to none."
Bob Ulrich was named Modern Tire Dealer editor in August 2000. He joined the magazine in 1985 as assistant editor, and has been responsible for gathering statistical information for MTD's "Facts Issue" since 1993.