Tredegar Film Products will add another cast polypropylene film line at its Pottsville plant, the company recently announced.
The line is to begin operating in the fourth quarter. Pottsville is Tredegar's main cast PP facility, according to Bob Bordieri, global sales and marketing manager for the Tredegar Performance Films division of Tredegar Film. Tredegar also makes cast PP film in Lake Zurich, Ill.
Tredegar needs the extra capacity because of growth in coextruded masking film and other markets, Bordieri said in a telephone interview from his division's main office in Pottsville. Masking film protects surfaces during delivery, fabrication and installation. Main markets for the firm's patented Ultramask films include electronics, optics, glass, plastic, metal and coatings.
Tredegar also sells cast PP films for food pouches, such as military Meals Ready to Eat, diapers and other absorbent products, medical pouches, candy wrap and laminations. Bordieri did not disclose Pottsville's film capacity or number of cast film lines. Cost of the expansion and the main machinery supplier were not revealed. The Pottsville operation also includes conventional blown polyethylene film and blown high-stalk high density PE film.
Tredegar Film had sales of $377 million last year. It runs five plants in the United States, two in South America, three in Europe and two in China.