To meet higher global demand for its waterless printing plates Toray Industries is to build a plate production factory facility adjacent to its textile plant at Prostejov in the Czech Republic.
Due to become operational in early 2014, the new facility will supply the needs of printers across Europe and the Middle East. Currently, Toray’s main plate manufacturing is undertaken in Japan and the company relies on local European stockpiles to ensure on time delivery to its overseas. It is expected that the freed-up capacity in the Japanese factory will be needed for the Asian market, which is also growing.
“Europe has been given priority regarding the timetable for expanding our plate production because of the growing interest in waterless printing in these markets and the need to shorten supply routes,“ states Mr Matsumoto, general manager of Toray’s Graphics Division. “The European manufacturing site is also expected to reduce the adverse effects of currency exchange rate fluctuations.“
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