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Polyplex USA to add second thin BOPET-film line, resin debottlenecking to AL plant

Polyplex USA says it plans to expand its existing US operations with a second thin BOPET-film line with necessary investment to create matching capacity for captive resin. The investment in a second BOPET-film line at the Decatur, AL, will be the most productive film line in the region and globally, the company says. 

Construction is scheduled to begin in the first half of 2021, and production is expected to start by the end of 2022. 

Highlights of the New Line

  • BOPET Film Line with a 50,000-ton capacity (110 million lbs) 10.6 meters wide, with a line speed
    of 650 mpm.
  • Resin plant debottlenecking – increase in capacity from 58,000 to 86,000 tons  captive consumption.

“This expansion will tap into the growing shift towards local supply in regional markets and pull market share onshore. Additionally, Polyplex’s cost structure will be more efficient with a two-line configuration, metallizing and captive resin manufacturing. This investment will significantly reduce the overall unit cost and provide a more robust value proposition to the industry. Ultimately, it furthers Polyplex USA’s market leadership position in the United States.”
We are eager to leverage our existing operations, our strong ties to our customers, to our communities and of course to the expertise of our operations team as evidenced by our successful expansions in other locations. We have a well-established sales and distribution system and hope to continue to provide additional value to our customers with a cost effective, faster turnaround and increased reliability of supplies.” (Amit Kalra, President Polyplex USA)

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