Klöckner Pentaplast launches new production capacity in Europe and South America

As part of Klöckner Pentaplast Group’s €45.6 Mio investment in its 2013 and 2014 expansion plans, new production capacity recently went online in Great Britain, Argentina, and Brazil, making it the only rigid film solutions producer with manufacturing sites located on four continents – Asia, Europe, North America, and South America.

kp has added to its U.K. and European production capacity for polyester films. Primarily used for food and consumer packaging applications, the new capacity is located at the company’s Newport/Crumlin, Great Britain, manufacturing facility. The state-of-the-art extrusion line adds 15 employees to the company. The €6.0 Mio investment expands capacity by 8,000 metric tons.

The company has invested in 1,200 metric tons of additional coating and laminating capacity suitable for the production of Pentapharm alfoil PVdC-coated and Pentapharm ACLAR-laminated packaging films to service the Latin American pharmaceutical industry. PVC calendering capacity has been increased by 12,000 metric tons to service the pharmaceutical, food, print, card, and general-purpose thermoforming markets. In addition, matte calendering capacity will follow in November 2014. The company is investing a total of €11.6 Mio which has added 26 employees. The new capacity further complements the Group’s existing film production capacity at two facilities in Latin America: Villa del Totoral, Argentina, and Cotia, Brazil.

“Klöckner Pentaplast’s 2013 and 2014 expansion plans demonstrate our commitment to supporting our customers around the world with consistent, high-quality film and superior service and technical support,” comments Christian Holtmann, Chief Executive Officer. "At kp, a critical element ofour growth strategy is our dedication to servicing customers’ needs now and in the future – wherever they may be located.”

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