Thursday, January 26, 2012 Global Release Liner Manufacturer Positions Itself For Future Growth Apeldoorn, The Netherlands: -- The Loparex Group are investing significantly in their European operation for release liner production.  As part of an ongoing program of investments to position the Group as a global market leader, the Apeldoorn production facility in The Netherlands will be equipped with an extensive capacity and capability expansion by the third quarter of this year.  Beneficiaries will be Loparex’s existing key pressure-sensitive markets for release liner – graphic arts, tapes, and medical applications – but also, significantly, the growing industrial markets in such areas as photovoltaics and composites.
 
‘One-stop shop’
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 polyethylene extrusion line that will enhance the facility’s ability to deliver new-generation products for Loparex’ broadening customer base.  Says Theo Wilting, Managing Director of Loparex Europe:  ‘Today’s converting and end-use markets are making ever-more-challenging demands on release liner, 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 PS applications are developing fast.  From this facility, we will be able to serve all Loparex Group’s current key market segments, as well as to develop leading-edge solutions for new applications around the world.’
 
Mr Wilting summarises: ‘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.’
 

Investing around the globe
This is the fourth recent 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.
 
Further details are available from either Jussi Pukkila, Commercial Director, or Theo Wilting, Managing Director, Loparex Europe, at European headquarters in Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, tel +31 555 276999, www.loparex.com.
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