Growth in graphics and printing markets convinced Transilwrap Co. Inc. to continue expanding that part of its business.
The Franklin Park, Ill., company said March 13 that it has installed a new extrusion line, its third new extruder installation in the past four years directed to graphics markets. The latest investment, details of which were not disclosed, boosts its capacity for graphics-grade polystyrene film and synthetic paper products by 35 percent.
The project is aimed to meet higher demands and evolving standards in the graphics market, explained Trnasilwrap graphics business unit general manager Greg Carlin in a news release. The expansion will help Transilwrap keep pace with customers' growth and ensure continued quick order fulfillment.
“This investment reinforces our dedication to the printing, packaging and communication industries,” noted Carlin.
The company claims it offers the widest range of printable plastics. It manufactures print-grade PS film, TransAlloy plastic alloy-based synthetic paper and ProPrint synthetic papers based on mineral-filled polypropylene and other materials. It also supplies synthetic, microporous paper substitutes under the Teslin trade name of PPG Industries Ohio Inc. and DuPont's Tyvek spunbonded polyolefin.
Transilwrap specializes in converting specialty films for graphics, packaging, security, industrial, printing and solar markets. Its processes include liquid and extrusion coating, sheet extrusion, slitting, magnetic striping and specialty printing. It runs eight production plants and nine distribution centers in North America. Plastics News' North American film and sheet extruders survey estimates its annual North American film and sheet sales at about $240 million.
Transilwrap was founded in 1931. It entered film extrusion in 1981. In late 2013 New York private equity firm Jordan Co. bought Transilwrap. In summer 2014 Transilwrap acquired MetPro Group, a global business specializing in corrosion- and water-resistant protective packaging.