Pegas cleans up with €50m plant expansion

Luxembourg-based Pegas Nonwovens is investing around €50m to expand its plant in Znojmo, Czech Republic with the installation of a new Reifenhauser production line.

The 20,000 tpa Reifenhauser Reicofil line, which is expected to go into operation during the second half of 2011, is due to raise the Czech plant’s overall annual output by 25%. The company intends to increase the 380-strong workforce there by up to 50 as the production capacity expands.

The latest project is scheduled to provide the Znojmo facility with its ninth production line. It is intended to supply polypropylene and polyethylene based nonwoven textiles to the hygiene products sector. The line may be used for other product applications at a later stage.

“We hope the new production line will offer new opportunities for us and our clients, especially with regard to ultra-light materials, new two-component applications and other special materials, which we plan to start selling in 2012-14,” commented managing director Frantisek Rezac when the firm announced the plan.

Pegas, which runs a second Czech plant in Bucovice, generated more than €123m in revenues last year. The firm is reported to have planned originally to locate the new production line in Russia, but finally chose the existing site in Moravia because most of its customers are based in Central Europe

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