Film and sheet extrusion
three Filmex cast film lines recently,” according to Michael Fischer, Managing Director, W&H Asia Pacific, adding that this had increased the number of Filmex lines the company has in South Korea to five. The German firm’s first installation was to Seoul-based Yusang in 2004. Fischer said Yusang wanted to launch into surface protection films for LCD applications. “The company opted for W&H’s cast line since it is geared towards optimum film flatness and minimum gel, while at
Equipped with three extruders, the Filmex line installed at Sammin Chemical is equipped for CPP as well as surface protection film
the same time producing quality film, both sticky and nonsticky,” he said. Yusang subsequently ordered another Filmex line in 2010. “The new line features an annealing station as an additional attachment to further optimise the flatness of the film,” said Senior Director of Yusang, Kiyong Kim, adding that the new line had allowed the company to compete equally with German film manufacturers that are exporting less surface protection film to Asia. Another surface protection film producer, Sammin Chemical Industry, has a Filmex line with an ASK winder at its facility in Ansan. “The new cast film allows us to meet the requirements of our customers,” said General Manager Myungsup Lim. The company has been commissioned by electronics giant Samsung to supply surface protection films for LCDs. Meanwhile, Daewon Industrial, which has been in the business of blown films, is targeting a completely different business sector with its first nine-layer Filmex line, which is equipped with ten extruders and features edge encapsulation capability. Nearly all of the produced film is intended for export to Western markets, says Daewon. Stakeholder on board Amut Italian investment fund company, Fondo Italiano di Investimento, has purchased a minority share worth EUR10 million in extrusion, recycling and thermoforming machinery producer Amut.
Plastics and Rubber Asia October-November 2011 electronic issue