ATLANTA - Inteplast Group, a bold newcomer to the plastics film business, is not shrinking from the growing demand for biaxially oriented polypropylene film. By mid-1996, the company will wrap up installation of two new extrusion lines at its Amtopp plant in Lolita, Texas. With the expansion, the plant will have six BOPP film lines.
Dave Smith, sales manager for Inteplast's BOPP film line, said the four existing lines at Lolita can make 120 million pounds annually, and that a debottlenecking program is to be implemented before new lines are added.
Debottlenecking will raise capacity to about 150 million pounds per year, Smith said at Packaging Strategies '95 in Atlanta. The new lines will boost capacity to about 240 million pounds annually, he said.
``This expansion will allow us to be truly a global supplier,'' Smith said.
North America's top BOPP film suppliers are Mobil Chemical Co.'s Pittsford, N.Y.-based films unit, with 1995 annual capacity of about 210 million pounds, and Applied Extrusion Technologies Inc. of Salem, Mass., with capacity of about 185 million pounds, according to Plastics News and industry estimates.
Inteplast's plant is one of nine at Lolita. The largely automated plants produce BOPP, high density polyethylene and PVC films. They also produce the recently introduced Inteplus high-barrier, cross-laminated films for packaging. Inteplast is a unit of Formosa Plastics Corp. USA of Livingston, N.J.