Toray Plastics (America) commissions new in-line coating BOPP-film line with automated slitting
North Kingstown, RI-based substrate provider Toray Plastics (America), Inc., says its Torayfan® Division’s new, state-of-the-art, 8.7-meter, five-layer, in-line coating polypropylene film line with automated slitting began producing commercial volumes of packaging and label films in May.
The customized, proprietary equipment is considered by Toray to be one of the most capable BOPP-film lines in the world. It is enabling Toray to expand its flexible-packaging product lines, including a robust label portfolio, and manufacture highly-engineered next-generation laminations and mono-material films. The unique, energy-efficient line also gives a boost to Toray’s own sustainability initiative by reducing the company’s carbon footprint further. The additional OPP capacity is targeted for packaging, label, medical, and industrial applications.
“Toray has always been committed to innovation and growth on behalf of its customers, and this new line enhances our ability to offer them a greater variety of film options while helping them commercialize their projects effectively and efficiently,” says Christopher Roy, exec vp-Toray Plastics (America). “The entire Toray team is very proud of the division’s accomplishment, especially given the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.” Roy adds that the Torayfan Div. has plans for more automation in 2021, an upgrade of an existing line in 2021-22, and a new metallizer in 2022. “It’s a very exciting time for Toray and the division.”
Five years ago, Toray embarked on an ambitious strategic expansion. In addition to the new OPP line and building, that expansion has included the construction of a second cogeneration system, the installation of a fully automated packaging line, the construction of a 28,800-sq-ft facility, and a new, 4.5-meter metallizer.