Economic pessimism does not seem to be inhibiting certain self-adhesive label stock manufacturers. Raflatac announced that it would double its current filmic label production at the Tampere mill in southern Finland by adding an extra coater. It becomes operational in the third quarter of 2006. In October its near neighbor, Scandstick, said it had completed a 6.5 foot wide coating and siliconizing line at its Helsingborg mill in southern Sweden. The 65-yard long coater represents the first phase of a €40 million ($48.39 million) investment program and is the largest in the company’s 24-year history.
The coating line includes a fully automated hot melt adhesive metering and application system, as well as the latest computerized control and inspection systems. It will process various film and paper label stocks. The investment includes three new slitters and a factory extension of the Swedish factory by 43,000 square feet. Scandstick is currently developing at its UK mill in Sawtry, Cambridgeshire, which produces self-adhesive and dry gum labelstocks.