Covestro Expands Film Production in Germany
Covestro has started building additional production lines for high-quality polycarbonate films at its Dormagen site. The new lines are designed for the production of multi-layer flat films used to embed security features and can also be used in car interiors. The coextrusion lines are scheduled for completion by the end of 2020. More than 50 new jobs are anticipated to be created.
“With this capacity expansion, we are strengthening the Dormagen site as a competence center for specialty films,” said Dr. Klaus Schäfer, Covestro’s board member for Production and Technology. “At the same time, we are investing in promising technologies and applications.”
Covestro stated that it is equipping the production lines with the latest technology. “We want to remain the partner of choice for our customers and in the future, we will be able to supply them faster and with higher quality,” said Dr. Thorsten Dreier, global head of Covestro’s film business. “Together with other facilities at our competence center in Dormagen, they facilitate even better development work. We are currently working on many projects that are expected to be brought to market maturity even faster with the new plants.”
The competence center in Dormagen, which reportedly specializes in polycarbonate flat films, houses production, a technical center for film processing, a showroom and research laboratories. The other two German competence centers are located in Leverkusen and Bomlitz and specialize in film coating and thermoplastic elastomer films.
According to Covestro, the investment is part of a global capacity expansion to meet the growing demand in all regions and strengthen the company’s position in the film market. The planned total investment of more than 100 million euros also includes an expansion of the associated infrastructure and logistics to shorten delivery times. A total of more than 100 new jobs are expected to be created worldwide.