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Cortec has expanded its current facility at its US VpCI film extrusion plant. Based in Cambridge, Minnesota, the plant now features an attractive professional front office building and training centre, along with a spacious warehouse in back to keep up with expanding VpCI film production and recycling activities.

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The facility produces VpCI polyethylene film and bags. These are designed to protect new metal components and equipment of all sizes from corrosion. Among other applications, VpCI® film or bags can be wrapped around a new engine or aerospace component to keep it from corroding during shipment from the supplier to the end manufacturer.

The Cortec Advanced Films (CAF) facility was re-opened in March, with a tour that showed how the film is extruded and how raw and finished materials undergo stringent quality control to ensure a defect rate nearing zero. CAF is the world’s largest plant for production of VpCI films and bags with a nameplate capacity of more than 40 million pounds (20,000 MT). It is the only plant in the world dedicated to production of anti-corrosion and compostable films and bags that is fully integrated with its own compounding, extrusion, converting, printing, and plastic recycling services. CAF operates a fully staffed laboratory for 24/7 quality assurance.

Cortec is also helping reduce carbon footprints for itself and its customers through an expanding recycling program that is housed in the new warehouse. Cortec reduces waste by recycling VpCI film scrap and used VpCI film from its customers and adding it back into new film at a rate that ensures the corrosion inhibiting quality of the product. The new plastic recycling complex is equipped with Erema reprocessors to offer Cortec’s customers this recycling service for used film they no longer need.

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