Klöckner Pentaplast launches new production capacity

Klöckner Pentaplast launches new production capacity
The Klöckner Pentaplast Group recently announced the launch of new production capacity in Europe and South America. As part of the company's €45.6 Mio investment in its 2013 and 2014 expansion plans, new production capacity recently went online in Great Britain, Argentina, and Brazil. Klöckner Pentaplast is the only rigid film solutions producer with manufacturing sites located on four continents – Asia, Europe, North America, and South America.

Klöckner Pentaplast has added to its UK and European production capacity for polyester films. Primarily used for food and consumer packaging applications, the new capacity is located at the company's Newport/Crumlin, Great Britain, manufacturing facility. The state-of-the-art extrusion line added 15 employees to the company. The €6.0 Mio investment expands capacity by 8,000 metric tons.

Klöckner Pentaplast has also invested in 1,200 metric tons of additional coating and laminating capacity suitable for the production of Pentapharm alfoil PVdC-coated and Pentapharm ACLAR-laminated packaging films to service the Latin American pharmaceutical industry.

PVC calendering capacity has been increased by 12,000 metric tons to service the pharmaceutical, food, print, card, and general-purpose thermoforming markets. In addition, matte calendering capacity will follow in November 2014.

The company is investing a total of €11.6 Mio which has added 26 employees. The new capacity further complements the Group's existing film production capacity at two facilities in Latin America, Villa del Totoral, Argentina, and Cotia, Brazil.

"Klöckner Pentaplast’s 2013 and 2014 expansion plans demonstrate our commitment to supporting our customers around the world with consistent, high
-quality film and superior service and technical support," comments Christian Holtmann, Chief Executive Officer. "At kp, a critical element of our growth strategy is our dedication to servicing customers’ needs now and in the future–wherever
they may be located."

The Klöckner Pentaplast Group is a global leader in providing packaging, printing, and specialty solutions serving the pharmaceutical, medical device, food, beverage, and card markets among others.

With a broad portfolio of rigid plastic films and services powered by innovation, kp plays an integral role in the customer value chain by marketing and protecting product integrity, safety, consumer health, and, ultimately, brand reputation.
Founded in 1965, Klöckner Pentaplast has grown from its initial facility in Montabaur, Germany, to current operations in 12 countries with 18 production sites.

The company has sales of over €1,191 million and employs more than 3,000 people committed to serving customers worldwide. The Klöckner Pentaplast Group is wholly owned by an investor group led by SVP Global.