Global release liner manufacturer positions for growth
The Loparex Group is investing significantly in its European operation for release liner production. As part of an ongoing program of global investment to further enhance Loparex Group’s capability to serve the global release liner market, the Apeldoorn production facility in The Netherlands will be equipped with 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 world class manufacturing facilities in North America, China, India and Thailand.
Loparex customers within traditional pressure-sensitive markets for release liners including graphic arts, tapes and medical as well as growing sectors such as photovoltaics, electronics and composites will benefit from local service capability and technical support from every region of the globe. The expansion project includes the installation of a new state-of-the-art, highspeed silicone coating line in addition to upgrades to existing silicone coating lines and the poly-coating extrusion line that will enhance the facility’s ability to deliver new generation products for Loparex’ broadening customer base.
“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,” comments 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. The expanded European facility will increase Loparex’ ability to provide the industry’s most versatile portfolio of release liners and films along with product development and technical service to serve our European and global customer base.
“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 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.
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