TOKYO - ICI Japan Ltd. of Tokyo said it has begun marketing polyethylene naphthalate film products in Japan. The company, a subsidiary of ICI Ltd. of London, will focus on providing PEN film to the electronics industry, where it is used to replace polyimide films in flexible printed circuit boards in applications such as portable phone sets.
ICI has been producing PEN film at plants in Hopewell, Va., and Dumfries, Scotland, and will supply the Japanese market from those two facilities.
In Japan, it faces competition from Teijin Ltd. of Tokyo, which markets PEN film for magnetic tapes and advanced photo system films.
PEN, which has been in limited supply due to lack of commercial production of its monomers, is used as a substitute for PET and other plastics in heat- or barrier-sensitive applications.
ICI also made a $5 million investment at its Fayetteville, N.C., resin complex to produce PEN for film, fiber, container and engineering plastic applications. One of 18 lines at its Fayetteville facility is in PEN production.
Loretex adds capacity for polyolefin fabric
GUILDERLAND CENTER, N.Y. - Loretex Corp., a manufacturer of woven polyolefin fabrics, is investing $4 million in an expansion project.
The Guilderland Center-based company has a 60,000-square-foot plant and is leasing an additional 25,000 square feet as part of the expansion. The project is to be complete this fall and will increase production capacity by more than 40 percent.
In the first phase, a new line will have the capacity to add 2.5 million pounds of high density polyethylene and polypropylene slit tape to the cast film department. The slit tape is used for woven scrims, the reinforced part of the fabric, which then are woven in the looms. The wide-width looms to be added will boost weaving capacity by more than 14 million square yards.
The tapes, which can be cut down to a tenth of an inch wide, are then put through an extrusion coater. The coater will be capable of coating substances up to 156 inches wide and can produce seamless woven PE and PP coated fabrics. These fabrics would be twice as wide as the current fabrics. Such fabric is used in construction, pool covers, grain covers and lumber wrap.
AEP Industries starts film plant production
SOUTH HACKENSACK, N.J. - Opera-tions are under way at South Hackensack-based AEP Industries Inc.'s $16.4 million film extrusion facility in Mountaintop, Pa.
``We needed a much larger facility with expansion room,'' said David Cron, plant manager and vice president of manufacturing.
AEP broke ground for the 303,000-square-foot plant in April 1995. The first of 15 lines began production in January. Two hundred people are employed there.
AEP makes overwrap, shrink film, pallet wraps and stretch film for use in packaging, beverage, food, pharmaceutical, agricultural and textile industries. These are made from low density and linear low density polyethylene.
AEP employs 885 and has five other plants in New Jersey, North Carolina, California and Texas.