BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND—Czech Republic firm Technoplast AS is adding a third PET film extrusion line in June.
The Chropyne firm now has capacity to make 8.8 million pounds per year of polyester film. The new line will increase that by 330,000-440,000 pounds per year, said PET sales manager Stefan Hrbek.
The firm also has PET film plants in Zl¡n, Brno and Ostrava. Technoplast makes amorphous and biaxially oriented film. Much of its production is destined for the European Union, Eastern Europe and beyond, Hrbek said at Pakex 98 in Birmingham.
Other Technoplast plants produce synthetic PVC and polyurethane leather for footwear, clothing and sports equipment; rigid PVC and laminate packaging; injection molded polypropylene containers; soft polyurethane foam; and semifinished fluoropolymer pipes and profiles.
Technoplast invested about $880,000 to expand PET film production and another $311,000 on a PP packaging molding line.
Since the early 1990s, Technoplast's work force has been reduced from 2,600 to about 1,300 this year to improve productivity and cut costs.