Transilwrap Co. Inc., of Chicago, a film manufacturing and converting company, has expanded a facility in Kansas City, Mo., and plans to expand into Europe. Officials would not disclose how much was invested. A pre-press plastics converting and distribution facility in Kansas City has added 3,000 square feet of warehousing space to its 37,000-square-foot plant. All pre-press graphic arts, masking film and stripping film are stored there for just-in-time deliveries.
The plant also has added a second shift of 15 people.
``This new shift has given us more flexibility in meeting customers' needs,'' said operations manager Dan Humpston in a news release.
The films are made from nylon, polypropylene, polyethylene, polystyrene and polyester.
Transilwrap is expanding its thermal laminating films line into Europe. The firm will concentrate in four main areas: ``identification and credit cards and security documents such as driver's licenses and passports; encapsulation of menus, posters, pictures and commercial documents; digitally printed graphics, photographic and display material and; thin-film protection of book jackets, publicity print and high-grade packaging that requires lamination only on one side.
``There are many new opportunities in Europe, for example the digital-imaging area, where we see huge potential over the next few years,'' said Jerry Klisiewicz, vice president of manufacturing. ``We will add other product lines later, but right now thermal laminating films will be our main thrust.''
Although Transilwrap does not have a European headquarters, it will have several employees there handling the accounts.
Transilwrap, founded in 1931, operates plants in Chicago and Richmond, Ind., as well as 12 converting/distribution sites in the United States and Canada.