Avery Dennison has inaugurated a new high-speed emulsion and hotmelt coating line at its Kunshan facility in Jiangsu province, China.
The new coating line, C11, incorporates the most advanced process technology as well as emulsion and hotmelt coating functionality. This makes it one of the most automated and most efficient pressure-sensitive adhesive coating lines in the industry. C11 will significantly expand Avery Dennison’s production capacity as well as enhancing its customer service capability in China.
And by optimizing both environmental performance and energy efficiency throughout all stages of its design, construction and operation, the facility to house the coating line has been certified ‘Silver’ by LEED, a widely recognized international green building rating system.
The investment also includes a 14,000 sqm facility expansion with room for a dedicated warehouse and finishing.
The multi-million dollar investment is the single largest Avery Dennison has made in its Label and Graphic Materials business in China to date.
Georges Gravanis, Label and Graphic Materials president at Avery Dennison, commented: ‘The launch of this high-speed coating line is another important milestone in the history of our growth in the Chinese market. Underlying our long-term commitment to the local market, it will enable us to continue to provide high-quality products and services to our customers here in China.
‘Avery Dennison will continue to lead in the development and growth of China’s pressure-sensitive adhesive label market while also fulfilling our commitment to sustainable operations and moving towards our 2025 sustainability goals.’
The new high-speed coating line became operational in November 2017 following an 18-month construction and installation process.
The Kunshan plant was the first production facility set-up in China by Avery Dennison in 1994. As business grows rapidly in the Chinese market, so far this plant has owned several production lines with the functions of solvent, emulsion and hotmelt coating through continuous investments and capacity expansion. In addition, it also has quality certifications such as ISO9000, ISO14000, RoHS, FSC and OSAS.