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DSM boosts output of its nylon flexible film line

Netherlands-based plastic producer Royal DSM has announced it is investing in an expansion of the production capacity for its Akulon XS polyamide 6 (nylon) plastics.

Akulon XS was developed for use in blown films in the expanding flexible film packaging segment. The company is now increasing the output of this product from its Dutch facility at Emmen, the extra capacity will come online in Q1 2016.

DSM reports it is taking the step due to increased demand from its customer base. This it attributes to DSM slowing the speed of crystalisation of Akulon XS, making it easier to process into films, without compromising its barrier and mechanical performance.

Danilo Fioravante, DSM global business director for Akulon, says: ‘Demand for barrier films for flexible food packaging continues to rise in response to the growing need to reduce food waste and for longer food shelf life. This latest expansion in Akulon XS helps to address these demands and underpins our commitment to developing sustainable solutions for industry and society.’

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