Avery Dennison extends its KROENERT lines


The Avery Dennison plant in Gotha has upgraded its KROENERT lines
The Avery Dennison plant in Gotha has upgraded its KROENERT lines

The Avery Dennison Corporation with headquarters in Pasadena (CA), USA, a leading producer of labelling systems, has upgraded its plant in Gotha, Germany. The site is specialised in emulsion-based acrylic adhesives and has also been equipped with various KROENERT lines for a long time. With increasing demand for quality foil products of high clarity and purity, the company decided to embark on a multi-million Euro project to increase capacity.

As part of this expansion, two existing KROENERT lines were upgraded. Because of the modular design by the coating machinery experts from Hamburg, problem-free upgrading and retrofitting are possible at any time. The EFC1 coating line was extended to an inline operation with solvent-free silicon and water-based PSAs; in its EFC2 sister line the existing topcoat coating head was retrofitted with a device for sleeve change technology. In addition, a completely new topcoat coating head with the latest gravure rollers was integrated in the EFC2. As a result, the EFC2 line now has two heads with MPG 600 CI chamber doctor blade and sleeve systems.

Spatial adjustments were also necessary. The extended in-line coating machine is now in a separate area with positive air pressurisation to ensure a dust-free environment. As a consequence of the expansion and upgrades, the lines are now capable of processing even thinner materials of 10 micron thickness at high speeds. The ultra-thin material not only offers a high degree of transparency but, due to lower resource consumption, also contributes to a positive eco-balance.