Ampacet expanding in Europe; adding PP film products

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Materials maker Ampacet Corp. is adding production capacity in Europe, and has introduced new products to be used in polypropylene film.

Tarrytown, N.Y.-based Ampacet will add one new production line each at plants in Messancy, Belgium, and Dudelange, Luxembourg, by the end of 2017, officials said in a March 6 news release. The new line in Belgium will make the firm’s full range of color, additive, white and black masterbatch concentrates, while the lines in Luxembourg will be focused on non-white concentrates.

The investments will “significantly improve the overall customer experience by reducing lead times and by offering more flexibility for deliveries,” officials added.

“We are committed to the masterbatch industry,” Europe Managing Director Marcello Bergamo said in the release. “Our investments are evidence of our willingness to serve the market properly with respect to both quality and service.”

The new materials are Next Generation MATIF-brand matte compounds for biaxially-oriented PP film. The compounds can provide downgauging of up to 25 percent and offer good visibility of packaged products, officials said. They also can provide film with the natural look and touch of paper packaging.

Ampacet is a leading producer of color and additive masterbatch concentrates. The firm employs more than 2,000 at 24 plants worldwide and has annual sales of more than $1 billion.

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