Following the launch of its fourth PET production line in China earlier this year, this increase in production capacity will allow Armacell to further strengthen its global market leadership in innovative, eco-friendly PET foam solutions for the composite industry.
Thomas Kessel, Armacell’s Managing Director PET Foams, hosted the low-key ceremony, which was witnessed by Lambert Demonceau, Mayor of Thimister-Clermont, Herman Demulder, Director Indec NV, and the PET Foams management team.
The investment in Belgium will increase the size of the existing premises by one third and as of 2021 will include a production hall extension and a new warehouse to accommodate the weekly output from four PET production lines.
Once the new lines are fully operational, 180,000 cubic metres of PET foams will be produced per year at the Thimister-Clermont plant to provide a wide range of innovative, eco-friendly PET-based product solutions for the composite industry. Armacell’s patented rPET processing technology enables all these PET foams to be produced from 100% recycled plastics.
Thomas Kessel, Armacell’s Managing Director PET Foams, said:
“With this expansion Armacell is once again demonstrating its commitment to the company’s central production site in Thimister-Clermont, where we have been producing PET foams since 2005, as well as to the future potential of our people and products. Going forward, we will continue to provide the most innovative and eco-friendly PET foam solutions and services to our customers around the world and give them a leading competitive edge in their respective markets”, he continued.
As Bart Janssen, Vice President Engineered Foams & Energy, pointed out:
“This extension is the fourth in a series of investments for the production of PET foam products, with plants in Belgium, North America and China. The total capacity of our six PET foaming lines will enable us to support our global customers’ growth over the long term.”
Patrick Mathieu, President & CEO of the Armacell Group, explained the significance of the company’s international growth strategy:
“The expansion of our PET manufacturing footprint delivers on our overall business strategy and increases our customer service levels globally. We are focussed on sustainable, profitable growth and develop and manufacture products with a positive impact on our community. Our PET foams made entirely of recycled PET are one pillar of our unrivalled range of highly innovative and environmentally friendly products.”