Japan-based Kuraray’s water-soluble film division MonoSol has opened a new production plant, DuneLand Facility, in Portage, Indiana, US.

With a $95m investment, the company has increased its production capacity by 15% to meet global demand for water-soluble films and unit-dose packaging.

The company expects to start one production line at DuneLand this year, with full-capacity production expected next year.

A second manufacturing line will be added to DuneLand by 2020.

In order to operate the two lines, MonoSol expects to recruit over 150 line operators, maintenance personnel, electricians and mechanics.

The company currently has eight facilities on three continents.

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MonoSol president and CEO P Scott Bening said: "Our business is growing. There are huge opportunities for unit-dose laundry and automatic dishwasher detergents in developed and emerging markets around the world.

"By partnering with customers to drive innovation, we help develop new consumer and industrial applications while improving established products."

"By partnering with customers to drive innovation, we help develop new consumer and industrial applications while improving established products.

"Our DuneLand Facility features the latest technology to produce the next generation of water-soluble films and deliver the best quality and performance."

Construction on the DuneLand Facility started in June 2014 with The Ross Group as the general contractor for the project.

MonoSol provides unit-dose laundry applications, automatic dishwasher detergents and mould release technologies for fabricating solid-surface and composite materials.

The company is now entering into new segments including personal care, food ingredients, water treatment and oil and gas.

Image: Opening ceremony at the DuneLand Facility, US. Photo: courtesy of MonoSol.