AmTopp will more than double its capacity in cast stretch film by installing four new lines at its Lolita, Texas, facility.
The company expects to start running the new lines late this year or early in 2000, President Homer Hsieh said in a telephone interview. He did not disclose the cost of the project.
AmTopp entered the linear low density polyethylene stretch film market about 31/2 years ago when it started converting five cast polypropylene film lines to the new product, Hsieh said. It completed the conversion in January and no longer makes cast PP film. It continues, however, to make biaxially oriented PP film.
Cast PP markets are fragmented, with many small customers demanding numerous grades. AmTopp decided to exit the market and go after stretch film, which is more of a commodity market, according to Hsieh. The firm makes machine- and hand-wrap stretch films.
Hsieh expects the extra capacity to allow his firm to do business with large-volume accounts, which is difficult now because its capacity is limited to 80 million pounds a year. The expansion will boost capacity to 180 million pounds annually.
AmTopp is evaluating quotes and will make a purchase decision soon. Hsieh said companies quoting on the new machinery include Gloucester Engineering, Davis-Standard and Black Clawson.
AmTopp is a division of Inteplast Group Ltd. of Livingston, N.J.