The expansion project includes the installation of a new state-of-the-art, high-speed silicone coating line, as well as upgrades to existing silicone coating lines and the poly-coating extrusion line that will enhance the facility's ability to deliver new-generation products.
"Today's converting and end-use markets are demanding higher levels of performance, versatility and efficiencies from release liners," said Theo Wilting, managing director of Loparex Europe. "Every segment whether it is pressure-sensitive graphic arts, specialty tapes, or medical disposables has its own particular requirements, and new markets outside the traditional pressure-sensitive applications are developing fast."
This is the fourth major investment in capacity expansion undertaken by the Loparex Group in recent years. The Kaygee-Loparex joint venture in India installed a new silicone coating line and slitters in 2009. The group's capacity at its Guangzhou, China, facility was increased with a new silicone coating line in early 2011. In the third quarter of 2011, Loparex announced a new-build state-of-the-art production plant in Thailand, which will be fully operational by the end of 2012.