CHICAGO-Rhone-Poulenc Inc.'s Films Division in Bloomfield, N.Y., is increasing capacity for producing polyvinyl dichloride-coated and corona-treated PET films. Ronald C. Wood Jr., technical services manager of the Bloomfield facility, said the company installed a second slitter at the site and will complete work on a warehouse facility to house additional raw material to feed the splitter line. The warehouse is due to be completed by the end of the second quarter.
``The slitter will enable us to increase capacity at this plant 33 percent to about 20 million pounds total, for the whole facility, per year,'' Wood said. ``It will enable us to keep up with demand.''
In addition to the high-barrier coated PET films, the plant converts and sells plain and coextruded PET film and two new chlorine-free polyvinyl alcohol-coated, high-barrier films. Wood declined to give the size of the warehouse, or the slitting machine.
At Flex-Pak in Chicago, Wood said the new family of PVA films, called Terphane, are high oxygen barrier and crack resistant, and print easily. The films are produced in Bloomfield.
Rhone-Poulenc Films is a division of Rhone-Poulenc of Paris.