Responding to growing demand, Bayer Corp.'s Polymers Division has added an extrusion line for its Makrofol DE1-1D polycarbonate film at its Berlin, Conn., plant.
The $4.5 million investment includes adding clean room capabilities and equipment for precise control of plant temperature and humidity. Pittsburgh-based Bayer plans to add capabilities next year as the company continues to expand domestic production of Makrofol films, which previously were imported from Bayer AG in Dormagen, Germany.
``We needed this new line because we have grown rapidly in recent years,'' Rich Fuhrman, plant manager at the Berlin facility, said in a news release. ``We are responding to our customers who want films of exceptional quality and consistency.''
He said the plant includes designs proprietary to Bayer.
The plant, situated on a 12-acre site, employs about 50. Makrofol film serves the automotive, appliance, telecommunications and specialty packaging markets.
In an unrelated development, Bayer Corp.'s Polymers Division selected Tekra Corp. to be the exclusive agent for Bayer's PC film products in the United States, Mexico and Canada.
Tekra, based in New Berlin, Wis., will be the sole source for Bayer's Makrofol PC and Bayfol PC-blend film in North America.
The films are used in instrument panels, displays, membrane switches, control panels, specialty packaging, nameplates, decals and other applications in the automotive, appliance, nameplate, signage, display and packaging markets.
Tekra has 225 employees and a subsidiary in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.