Higher raw materials costs causing global increases
INX International Ink is to expand its R&D complex in West Chicago, Illinois.
When completed in July 2018, the facility will more than double its current space to 56,000 sq ft. Construction is to add 32,000 sq ft to the facility. INX currently employs 62 people in West Chicago and will be adding more chemists after the new space becomes available.
Since the West Chicago R&D complex opened in 1996, overall activity and the number of chemists working on site has increased dramatically due to significant business growth, said Rick Westrom, senior vice president of sourcing and R&D at INX.
‘We have experienced sales growth and production in many areas, and a major reason for this expansion is our commitment to global digital efforts. A large portion is being dedicated to growing and supporting digital products across all product lines, as well as expanding our energy curable technologies.’
The new construction in West Chicago represents continuation of an aggressive, multi-year capital improvement program. INX opened a new manufacturing facility in Lebanon, Ohio in 2015, completed expansion of the metal decorating plant ln Charlotte, North Carolina in 2016, and doubled the size of an existing manufacturing plant in Edwardsville, Kansas earlier this year. Parent company Sakata INX in Japan is following a similar path, building new or expanding facilities throughout Asia.