Toray to expand Czech plate factory

Toray has said that it will expand its existing site, the Toray Textiles Central Europe facility at Prostějov in the Czech Republic as it consolidates all development and support activities for its European newspaper, label, packaging and printing business together in one place.

The plant was originally opened in late 2014 with a 140 metre-long production line for manufacturing waterless printing plates, taking the aluminium coils, through washing, coating and laminating, to cutting the finished products.

Mitsunori Hayashi, general manager for sales in Toray’s graphic materials department, said that the site was originally chosen for its central European location, adding: “We are a relatively flat organization with direct communications to the field and short decision timeframes. By centralizing customer service, sales, marketing, production and R& D in one location, we can more effectively serve customers throughout the Toray sales regions, as well as improve internal communication as we look to continue to bring to market innovative products and solutions.”

Hayashi says that this expansion will allow the company to make several new plates, targeted at different industries, to be shown at Drupa.

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