Courtaulds Performance Films will increase its production capacity for its specialty-coated and laminated films by late this year. Ginnie Kubler, sales and marketing director for window film for the North American unit of Courtaulds plc of London, said the firm will add capacity at its lead Martinsville, Va., plant by 50 percent.
The plant produces solar-control window films and industrial-coated and laminated products, using polyester film substrates. Its capacity is 750 million square feet annually, and would increase to 1.125 million square feet with the expansion.
The company announced about $6 million of the $20 million investment will be used for new coating and laminating facilities housed in clean-room facilities. Courtaulds' Canoga Park, Calif., film and coatings facility, and its industrial coatings plant are not included in the expansion.
The remaining $14 million will go for expansion of clean room areas, additional sputtering and silicone release liner machines, and an upgrading of coating and laminating equipment.
``We are the U.S. leader for solar-control window film and enhanced films for high-technology and industrial applications,'' Ken Vickers, president of Courtaulds, said in the firm's announcement.
``This new investment marks our determination to remain so. Demand for our products in both segments of the market is growing rapidly,'' he said.
Solar-control film is retrofitted to glass to reduce fading of interior furnishings, and to cut heat loss and gain through the glass. Courtaulds specializes in making dyed, coated, laminated, sputtered and metalized films for solar-control applications in commercial and residential build-ings, and automobiles.
The films also are used in electronics, reprographics, graphics, industrial design, display technology, imaging, information storage and aerospace applications.