Ineos Films has started a rigid films production plant in Delaware City, Del., primarily aimed at health-care markets.
The firm invested $30 million in the project, which included buying a facility, gutting and renovating it, and equipping it with calendering, slitting and other equipment. The operation recently reached commercial production and had an official opening attended by local politicians Nov. 8.
``It will be a full-service facility for medical and pharmaceutical customers,'' said John Chatillon, Ineos Films North American sales and marketing manager, in a telephone interview. The plant launched with calendering and slitting rigid PVC film, but other products will be added soon, Chatillon said.
Lyndhurst, England-based Ineos Group Ltd. bought the Delaware City facility in 2004 and began renovating it in May 2005.
The facility has a ``white room'' level of cleanliness demanded by health-care companies. Typical applications for the operation's output include pharmaceutical blister packaging, credit cards and shrink film used in the food and beverage industry.
The new plant provides U.S markets with a domestic production source. Other Ineos facilities in Europe and Asia have been supplying the U.S. market.
Ineos Films chose Delaware City because it is close to target markets and because of support from the Delaware Economic Development Office. The site eventually will employ 100. Current employment, production capacity and size of the operation were not disclosed.
Chatillon said Ineos offers vertical integration from petroleum feedstocks to finished film. Ineos Films has nine global production sites employing about 1,560.