- Capacity at Bomlitz site expanded
- Investment in the low double-digit million Euro range
- Global demand for TPU specialty films on the rise
At the inauguration ceremony for Covestro’s new TPU film capacity at the Bomlitz site in Germany (from left to right): Klaus Bammann (Site Manager and Head of Operations at the Bomlitz site in Germany), Tobias Kordt (Managing Director of Epurex Films GmbH), Aleta Richards (Global Head of the Specialty Films Business Entity), Thorsten Dreier (Chief Technology Officer) and Michael Bödiger (Head of Operations of the Specialty Films Business Entity)
Covestro has expanded its production capacities for thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) films in the Platilon® range, as well as the associated infrastructure and logistics in Bomlitz, Lower Saxony, Germany.
This site of Epurex Films, a wholly owned subsidiary of Covestro, houses research & development, application development and production for the semi-finished products. The company has invested a low double-digit million Euro amount in the expansion of the center of excellence for TPU-Films.
The new capacity is intended to meet the growing global demand for multilayer TPU films. They are used in automotive interiors and construction, among other applications. Breathable, water-impermeable specialty films have also proven their worth in wound care and outdoor clothing.
“With this capacity expansion, we are strengthening our Bomlitz site and our position as a leading supplier of technical specialty films,” said Dr. Thorsten Dreier, Covestro’s Chief Technology Officer, at the inauguration. “At the same time, we are investing in promising technologies and applications and creating new jobs.”
For Aleta Richards, global head of the Specialty Films business entity, the expansion offers opportunities to respond even better to individual customer needs and offer more sustainable products. “For some time now, we have also been developing customer-specific solutions with films made from alternative raw materials, as we are also seeing increasing demand in this area. The development and production of partially biobased products is therefore to become a new focus at the Bomlitz site.”
Covestro is fully geared toward the circular economy and aims to become climate-neutral by 2035. In 2022 the Bomlitz site has switched its power supply completely to green electricity. Epurex Films is one of Covestro’s three competence centers for specialty films in Germany, along with Leverkusen and Dormagen.
About Covestro: Covestro is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-quality polymer materials and their components. With its innovative products, processes and methods, the company helps enhance sustainability and the quality of life in many areas. Covestro supplies customers around the world in key industries such as mobility, building and living, as well as the electrical and electronics sector. In addition, polymers from Covestro are also used in sectors such as sports and leisure, cosmetics and health, as well as in the chemical industry itself. The company is committed to becoming fully circular and is striving to become climate neutral by 2035 (scope 1 and 2). Covestro generated sales of EUR 18 billion in fiscal 2022. At the end of 2022, the company had 50 production sites worldwide and employed approximately 18,000 people (calculated as full-time equivalents).
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