Loparex Group today announced plans to build a 35,400 m² (380,000 ft²) greenfield facility for the production of siliconized paper and polymer films (release liners) on the recently purchased 5.7 Hectare property at the Hemaraj-Eastern Seaboard Industrial Estate (HESIE) of Thailand.
The new, world-class facility will support the company’s commitment to delivering the industry’s most innovative and diverse portfolio of release liners to global markets including automotive, electronics, appliances, composites, hygiene, medical, graphics, labels, tapes and other industrial applications.
Jan Hilbrink, the current Managing Director for Europe, will lead the construction and start up of the new plant. The new plant in Thailand is scheduled to begin production by the end of 2012 and will feature solvent and solvent-free products, poly-coated liners, as well as printing and slitting capability.
“Much of Loparex’s success has been based on our strong commitment to our customers”, said Michael Apperson, CEO of the Loparex Group. “Our customers demand world-class product development and a diverse portfolio of products to meet their unique application needs. This major investment not only reinforces our already strong position in the Asian market, but will also meet the demands of our customers who are planning for accelerated growth in the fast growing ASEAN region.”
In 2011 Loparex doubled capacity at their Guangzhou, China plant. In 2009 an investment in Loparex’s Silvassa, India facility tripled that plant’s output. (Kaygee-Loparex India Pvt. Ltd is a 50/50 joint venture between Loparex and the Godha family). “The new facility in Thailand will truly complement the facilities we have in Guangzhou and Silvassa with additional technical capabilities and of course, enhanced service potential not only for the ASEAN region, but also for our customers throughout all of Asia and the Middle East”, says Andie Ho, Managing Director of Loparex – Asia Pacific.
“The Thailand facility will serve as an additional “service hub” for Loparex to expand our sales and technical service resources to our customer base, in addition to offering an expanded product portfolio”, says Tapani Laakso, Sales and Marketing Director for Loparex- Asia Pacific.
The new plant will be designed with Lean manufacturing principles and have the ability for rapid and substantial expansion to meet future market demands. Jack Taylor, Loparex Americas COO says, “We have the unique opportunity to employ the best practices of Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma from our operations in the US, Europe, China and India to create a truly world-class, flexible and efficient plant from the ground up”.
Michael Werner, Vice President of Sales and Marketing adds, “Our many global customers expect local service and technical expertise from Loparex to assist with the design of release liners for any application need within all markets, in any region of the world. We are very excited to be able to expand our global capabilities to meet the current and future needs of our customers.”