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New coater at Virton extends packaging possibilities

ExxonMobil Chemical Co : 21 January, 2005  (New Product)
ExxonMobil Chemical announces the start-up of a new flexible film coating line in its Virton, Belgium, facility. The company's new coating facility will provide consistent coating quality, short-run capability for niche products and multi-substrate material functionality.
The new line's multi-material functionality will enable it to process ExxonMobil oriented polypropylene films, as well as other flexible substrates, such as polyester, oriented polyamide and oriented high density polyethylene film.

The installation of the coater supports ExxonMobil's product development in the label industry, where various printing technologies (UV, flexo, offset) require outstanding surface properties that the new coater can provide. It is also ideally suited to improve the company's capabilities to coat traditional flexible packaging and is designed to apply environmentally friendly water-based coatings.

'The new coater will give us more flexibility and versatility as well as produce improved quality coated substrates, beyond OPP, including polyester, oriented polyamide and polyethylene,' says Carlo Ranucci, general manager of ExxonMobil's Films Business in Europe, Middle East and Asia.

'We will be able to run variable-width coating and higher quality coated substrates at a wide variety of gauges. I feel sure that the benefits of the new line will be greatly appreciated by our customers who, for example, are looking for improved coating quality that will allow them to satisfy demanding, high quality graphic arts applications. This is another step towards our goal of providing one-stop-shopping for customers seeking the full spectrum of labelling and packaging solutions.'

The Films Business of ExxonMobil Chemical is a leading global supplier of a full range of OPP film for flexible packaging and labeling applications. ExxonMobil has seven affiliated production plants: three in Europe (Virton, Belgium; Kerkrade, the Netherlands and Brindisi, Italy) and four in North America (LaGrange, Georgia; Stratford, Connecticut; Shawnee, Oklahoma and Belleville, Canada). Its European headquarters is located in Luxembourg and its United States headquarters is in Macedon, New York. The company and its affiliates have sales offices to support customer needs in countries around the world, including North America and Europe as well as Africa and Asia. Additional information regarding the Films Business can be found at Information about ExxonMobil Chemical is on
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