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Felix Schoeller focuses on North America

 Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Felix Schoeller Group has planned to strategically expand in North America. The company’s facilities in the USA and Canada will see a major increase in capacity starting in 2023. At the Pulaski, New York location, a new silicone coater will be set up in the first phase by the middle of 2023. This will make it possible for the Felix Schoeller Group to provide locally made siliconized papers and films to the North American market. The company is doing this while depending on both solvent-free and solvent-based silicone technology, expanding their range, and using particularly energy- and environmentally-friendly technological solutions.

More than $100 million US to be invested overall

Extension of the paper machine facility in Drummondville, Canada from currently 32,000 tons to over 40,000 tons per year is the planned second step. It is expected to be wrapped up by the end of 2023. Finally, the manufacturer of speciality papers intends to invest in building a second paper machine for the North American market. Up to 50,000 tonnes of additional capacity will be added for the release liner and decor industries. The positioning and specifics of the technological equipment will be decided upon during project planning. It is anticipated that more than $100 million US will be invested overall in the North American production of premium décor sheets and release liners.

The Felix Schoeller Group is adhering to the policy of steadily developing their local supplier network by significantly extending their product capabilities and capacities in North America. According to Hans-Christoph Gallenkamp, CEO, the company states their need to be present with their own productions in the markets where their clients are at home. Felix Schoeller Group is starting a new chapter in North America with the idea for a new paper machine. Michael Szidat, who serves as the CEO of Felix Schoeller North America and is in charge of the company’s operations in North and South America, emphasizes that they will be able to provide local service and dependable supply in the future in addition to the important market for release liners and customers for high-quality decor papers.

“The COVID crisis has proven the importance of domestic manufacturing for the flexibility and reliability we promise our customers,” Michael Szidat continues.

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