Toray to test run BOPP film plant in France by end of 2009

09 October 2009 17:36  [Source: ICIS news]

TOKYO (ICIS news)--Toray Industries plans to begin test runs by the end of 2009 at its new 20,000 tonne/year plant at St Maurice de Beynost, France, which will produce performance high-barrier metallised film for food packaging, an official at the Japanese chemical producer said on Friday.

Construction of the yen (Y) 10bn ($112.9m) unit was on schedule and the company planned to start commercial production in April 2010, the official said.

Toray decided to establish a manufacturing base for Torayfan, the high-barrier metallised biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) film, in Europe due to rapidly increasing demand for better barrier functions for food packaging, the official said.

The European market for high-barrier film was growing at a rate exceeding 10% per year, according to the official.

Currently, the film was produced by US-based Toray Plastics (America) and exported to Europe, the official said.

Toray Plastics (America) also produces and markets high-barrier film for food packaging in the US, and it has the top market share of about 60%, the official added.

The new plant in France will be operated by Toray Films Europe, which was established in February 2008.

($1 = Y88.51)

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By: Tomomi Yokomura
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