Intertape Polymer is to build a new greenfield manufacturing facility in the US for the production of water-activated tapes for packaging and sealing applications.

The proposed facility in the south-eastern US will be built at a cost ranging between $44m and $49m.

Upon completion, the new manufacturing unit will be an addition to the company’s existing water-activated tapes plant in Menasha, Wisconsin.

"The new manufacturing facility should allow us to enhance our position in the market and better serve our customers."

It will allow the company to optimise service levels to its customers and supply chain logistics at both plants.

Intertape Polymer president and CEO Gregory Yull said: "This project is in line with our strategy to leverage world-class assets with a minimal environmental footprint to produce high-quality products in growing areas of our product portfolio.

"The new manufacturing facility should allow us to enhance our position in the market and better serve our customers."

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The equipment purchased last year for $4m will be installed at the plant, which is expected to enter service next year.

The location details of the new plant will be determined upon receipt of final approval of state and local credits and incentives offered.

In November last year, Intertape Polymer acquired pressure sensitive adhesive tapes producer RJM Manufacturing (TaraTape) for $11m.

Intertape Polymer employs close to1,950 people across its operations in 16 locations, including 11 manufacturing facilities in North America and one in Europe.

The company produces a wide range of paper and film-based, pressure-sensitive and water-activated tapes, polyethylene and specialised polyolefin films, woven coated fabrics and complementary packaging systems for industrial and retail use.