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Itasa acquires Akronn and expands its product range to film based liners

News International-French

4 Jul 2016

Itasa becomes a global manufacturer of release liners. With the acquisition of Akronn, Itasa reinforces its position in Asia, and extends its product range to film based release liners.

Under the new name Itasa Asia, the Malaysian plant provides a full range of silicone coated materials, ranging from paper (glassine, CCK, MGBK) to filmic liners (PET, PP and PE).

Itasa’s UV cured solutions are used in a wide variety of applications such as building & construction, electronics, composites, medical and adult care. This technology is also very well suited for the production of thermal linerless papers for labelling applications.

The newly acquired facility based in Nilai, just outside Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) houses a 2.3 meter wide silicone coating line with integrated printing capability (up to two colours). This production line is capable of delivering a versatile range of products using paper and film substrates, which can be printed and converted into slit rolls.

Olivier Lavaud, General Manager of Itasa states that “the acquisition is a clear implementation of Itasa’s vision: become a global producer of release liners, supporting market leaders worldwide”.

As evidence of this strategy, the company experienced a 25% growth since 2013 and expects to reach over 80 M€ by 2018.