The Loparex Group’s Apeldoorn production facility in The Netherlands is to receive an extensive capacity and capability expansion by the third quarter of this year. The additional capacity and product capabilities in Europe will complement Loparex’ existing manufacturing facilities in North America, China, India and Thailand.
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.
Theo Wilting, managing director of Loparex Europe states: “Today’s converting and end-use markets are demanding higher levels of performance, versatility, and efficiencies from release liners, and we want to continue to support our customers with the advanced products they need. 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.
“We will be positioned to become a true one-stop shop for our customers – and more than ready to meet the needs of the growing global market.”
This is the fourth major investment in capacity expansion undertaken by Loparex in recent years. The Kaygee-Loparex joint venture in India installed a new silicone coating line and slitters in 2009. Capacity at the 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.
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