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Significant expansion for new flexible packaging feedstock

DSM Engineering Plastics (Sittard) : 28 April, 2004  (Company News)
DSM Engineering Plastics has announced an expansion of its Akulon PA6 capacity at its polyamide plant in Emmen, the Netherlands. The plant will be completed by mid 2005.
DSM Engineering Plastics has announced an expansion of its Akulon PA6 capacity at its polyamide plant in Emmen, the Netherlands. The plant will be completed by mid 2005.

The capacity expansion - by over one third - follows a complete upgrade and capacity increase that took place less than 5 years ago.

The new production capacity will be dedicated to the production of high viscous polyamide 6, which is used in flexible packaging, stockshapes and mono-filament production.

According to Business Group Director Jos Goessens, this increase in production capacity comes in response to the demand for the high quality material that is required for these applications: “Over the last few years DSM Engineering Plastics has built a strong position in these applications. This expansion will support us in our current leading position and in remaining a strong leader in this segment.'

Jan Zuidam, Vice Chairman of DSM's Managing Board comments: 'This substantial investment of several tens of million Euros demonstrates DSM's commitment to Engineering Plastics and our intention to grow in Performance Materials in line with our Vision 2005 strategy. This investment underlines that the growth of our Engineering Plastics business is particularly focused on new applications, which emphasizes the importance of innovation for DSM.'

Akulon polyamide 6 is used extensively for applications in automotive, electrics and electronics and leisure and consumer goods. As film it is used in packaging, especially for food applications to improve barrier properties and extend the shelf life of pre-packaged foods. Recently, DSM Engineering Plastics announced the introduction of two new product lines: Akulon XP – for film applications – and Akulon Ultraflow for injection moulding.
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