Placon Corp. has expanded the PET sheet extrusion capabilities at its Suzhou, China, plant. The addition includes production of sheet with 50 percent post-consumer content.
The expansion has been planned since the opening of the facility in 2004, said Laura Stewart, vice president of sales and marketing for the thin-gauge thermoforming company.
``It is the natural evolution to support the market,'' Stewart said. ``By being vertically integrated in both the U.S. operations and in China, it offers more flexibility and fulfills a requirement that many of our clients have.''
The 60,000-square-foot facility in Suzhou was the first Placon plant opened outside of the company's Madison, Wis.-based headquarters. The company specializes in thermoformed packaging for the food, retail and medical industries.
Since 2004, Placon has been offering China a line of custom designed and thermoformed packaging and an array of stock products for retail purposes.
``Our Chinese customers needed a quality thermoformer of recycled PET in China,'' Liang Ying, general manager at Placon in Suzhou, said in a news release.
The company added a single-sheet extrusion line, which will make EcoStar PC50 - the recycled-content product - and EcoStar HS1000, a heat-sealable PET.
The PET-based recycled material can be used in existing machines and is marketed as an energy-saving alternative to PVC in some applications, according to the company.
``We have heard more requests for packaging made from recycled PET,'' Stewart said. ``We are excited to be on the leading edge of offering [recycled] PET to the Chinese market.''