As a manufacturer of water-soluble and biodegradable films, Kuraray’s MonoSol Division is in a good place today.
“The need for environmentally friendly solutions is growing at a rapid rate as companies across the globe take on the challenge to make everyday products simpler, safer and more sustainable,” said P. Scott Bening, President and CEO, MonoSol.
With demand for unit dose packaging rising rapidly across the continent - particularly in the laundry and dish detergent categories - the company has announced plans to significantly expand its operations with the construction of a new manufacturing facility in Poland, in addition to increasing manufacturing capacity at its recently completed plant near Indianapolis in Lebanon, Indiana.
MonoSol already has a production facility in Hartlebury, England. Its EU commercial centre is located at the Kuraray Europe headquarters in Hattersheim am Main, Germany.
The new manufacturing plant in Poland will be located in Ujazd, part of the Katowice Special Economic Zone, and is expected to create approximately 90 jobs. The Poland location was chosen for its excellent infrastructure, accessibility to key customers, strong skilled labour base, cost and operational advantages.
More details about the timeline in conjunction with a ground-breaking ceremony to be held when construction begins will be released in due course.
MonoSol will start operations at the new manufacturing facility in Lebanon, Indiana in December. The company further plans to double the plant’s initial capacity, with the new capacity coming on stream in 2021. The facility, MonoSol’s fourth in Indiana, has already hired its first round of employees and will have brought more than 90 new jobs to the region by the time the expansion is complete.
MonoSol was acquired in 2012 by Kuraray Co., Ltd. a global specialty chemical company, based in Japan.