North American BOPET Film Industry Expands
- Carestream bought a plant from Kodak and is successfully substituting the imaging films it previously made with a range of new films for electronics markets using its in-house coating technologies, so is likely to continue to survive.
- SKC intends to expand its plant (finally) with a thick film line in 2014, after originally announcing a six-line facility in 2003, but only installing three lines.
- Uflex has already built a two-line plant in Mexico to supply Central and South America, but it is also used to export to the US, and this month they have opened a new factory in the US. This plant is likely to have another line installed in the next couple of years, which will then make Uflex the largest producer of polyester films in North America and the second largest producer of film globally.
- One of Uflex’s main Indian competitors, Polyplex, has just started up a new line at its recently completed US plant, adding to its capacities in Turkey, India and Thailand.