Mirwec Film Inc. is adding a biaxially oriented polypropylene line to double its high-voltage-capacitor-grade film capacity, as part of an expansion of its U.S. headquarters in Bloomington, Ind.
Mirwec recently completed a 12,788-square-foot addition to the plant, boosting space for film to nearly 26,000 square feet. Its headquarters is about 33,000 square feet overall, and includes a coating division.
In five years, the company has increased its employment from 18 to 35.
The new BOPP line will be the site's second. Testing is ongoing, and the line is expected to be fully operational in next three to six months, assistant plant manager Kyle Massey said by telephone.
The firm designed the line to incorporate its 20 years of technology and experience in producing BOPP, Massey said.
He said its high-voltage-capacitor-grade film is a niche market that faces a stringent approval process because it is being made for power distribution. Mirwec also makes a wrapping film used for fishing poles and bicycle frames.
The firm sells its products internationally, but is looking to expand exports to Canada, China and South America. The coating division is known for allowing companies to use its machinery to perform research and development work.
Mirwec has worked with local, country and state officials to win tax incentives for the expansion. It will receive a training grant to retrain workers on the new equipment.
Mirwec started in 1988 as a joint venture between Tokyo-based Mitsubishi Rayon Co. Ltd. and Westinghouse Electric Co. of Monroeville, Pa., for the purpose of providing Westinghouse a source of PP film for its capacitor division.
Mirwec is now part of Yasui Group of Kanagawa, Japan, and shares its Bloomington site with sister firm and coatings specialist Yasui Seiki Co. (USA).