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New BOPET plant to be built in the US

Flex Films, the Global Films Business Division of the India-based Uflex Group, will invest around US$90 million in each of two phases of a new greenfield facility in at Elizabethtown, Kentucky, USA. The new plant will enable Flex Films to ship freshly made film supplies at seven days’ notice to its American customers.

The first phase of the project will set up an 180,000ft² facility to house an 8.7m wide, 500m/min state-of-the-art biaxially oriented polyester (BOPET) film line – one of the world’s largest – and a plasma-enhanced high barrier metalliser that will be commissioned by the end of 2012.

With an annual capacity of over 30,000 tonnes of film, this line will be larger than any other film line presently operating in the USA and will create about 125 new jobs. Capacity will be doubled and 125 more new jobs created soon after the first line is started up.

Flex Films is one of the world’s leading producers of packaging films and is the world’s largest supplier of polyester films for packaging applications. It has manufacturing facilities in India, Dubai, Mexico and Egypt. New facilities are being constructed in Poland and the USA, which will be commissioned in 2012. More international facilities are being planned and it expects to be operating out of at least 12 countries by 2020.

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