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Dudelange, Luxembourg January 2013

Dudelange-1Ampacet Europe has now officially opened its new European Plant, Headquarters (EMEA – Europe, Middle East & Africa), Research & Development Laboratory and Ideation Centre.

This new 16,000 square meters facility makes a total of 7 production plants in Europe and an investment that represents a 60% capacity increase versus current installed capacity for the related product lines in Europe.

This new site offers the possibility for further expansion, up to double the initial capacity which will be installed.

The fast implementation of our Dudelange project has been made possible due to the dedication and full cooperation of the local authorities: Mr. Patrick Nickels (Government Counsellor 1st Class – Ministry of the Economy & Foreign Trade), Mr. Etienne Schneider (Minister of the Economy & Foreign Trade) and Mr. Alex Bodry (Mayor of Dudelange), our suppliers who accepted the challenge and of course our Ampacet team. Our investment has been made at a critical time given the situation of the economic conditions but Ampacet has
confidence in the European market.

Ampacet is not only adding capacity with the Dudelange plant, but it is reinforcing the European and Global network to maintain and increase our market leadership in Europe, Middle East & Africa. In 1986, the Messancy Belgium plant represented our first manufacturing site outside of the USA and Ampacet has continued to invest in 1996 with plants & distribution center’s inTelgate, Italy, in 2003 with Busto, Italy & Telford, UK, in 2005 with Warsaw, Poland and in 2008 with Tver, Russia.

For the past 26 years, Ampacet Europe’s presence and assistance has been an important foundation for the proud image and continuous success we have brought supplying products to countries around the world.

This new facility, like 20 other Ampacet manufacturing sites around the world, represents “state of the art” Masterbatch production technology.  With this location, Ampacet’s global product mix is supported with a global capacity exceeding 400 thousand tons. As with all of our manufacturing facilities around the world, this plant was built prioritizing a safe employee work environment and an environmentally friendly operation.

Ampacet’s Masterbatch technology brings plastic alive, giving it the right look and function for almost any end use. Our markets today include: Food & beverage, Household, Industrial, Hygienics, Personal Care, Cosmetics, Agriculture, Geo-Textiles, Overall consumer goods: Sport, Garden, Leisure, Toys and as the leading manufacturer of color concentrates and additive masterbatches, Ampacet offers exceptional products and service with consistent quality all over the world.

Dudelange-2With this new 25€ million investment Ampacet Europe will increase its personnel from 75 employees in Luxembourg to a future 140 when full implementation is in place, therefore nearly doubling the amount of employees.

The new Ideation Center in Dudelange will be operational in 2013. Ideation encourages brand, design and engineering to come together. Ideation is more than a dream – it is the realization of a dream. Ampacet will challenge new concepts for colors; effects will then be molded or extruded, made tangible, seen and felt. These newly created colors, effects and performance additives are put into play to drive brand enhancement, market differentiation, improve consumer perception of the customer’s products and enhance functionalities. This new challenge, the second Ideation center for Ampacet today is a very exciting project that we are very happy to be introducing here in Europe.

Ampacet’s success is proving that it is possible to remain competitive without penalizing quality, fully respecting the Health & Safety of our employees and the environment and Ampacet strives in continuously improving and raising these standards.