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Toray Plastics completes expansion of Virginia facility

By Scott Jenkins |

North Kingstown, Rhode Island—(June 20, 2018) Toray Plastics (America), Inc. (North Kingstown, Rhode Island; www.toraypta.com) has completed a two-year, $40 million expansion at its PEF Division in Front Royal, Virginia. The company officially launched a new extrusion line, a new irradiation unit, and a new salt bath unit with a ribbon cutting on May 22.

Toray’s PEF Division is North America’s and Europe’s premier automotive supplier of blended polypropylene-polyethylene foam that offers consistent thickness and density. The state-of-the-art equipment is housed in two new buildings that cover 74,000 square feet. The new extrusion line provides the company with manufacturing flexibility and the irradiation unit has doubled irradiation capacity. The new salt bath unit, the company’s third, has increased capacity by 170 percent. This will enable PEF to meet the growing demands of the markets it currently serves and to export Toraypef and ToraSoft products to China as well. The investment will also allow the Division to supply unique products to industrial markets. PEF’s third generation of ToraSoft has been under development for the past year and is targeted for commercialization now that the expansion is complete. Toray anticipates that the expansion will create 30 new jobs.

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