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Toray Plastics to build a second cogeneration power facility

Toray Plastics has earmarked $22.7 million to build a second cogeneration system at its 70-acre North Kingstown, RI campus.The company said that cogeneration power systems allow users to operate "off the grid" and prevent the kind of electrical power outages that can occur with conventional power plants.

PlasticsToday Staff

August 20, 2013

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Toray Plastics to build a second cogeneration power facility

Toray Plastics has earmarked $22.7 million to build a second cogeneration system at its 70-acre North Kingstown, RI campus.

The company said that cogeneration power systems allow users to operate "off the grid" and prevent the kind of electrical power outages that can occur with conventional power plants.

Toray already operates a cogeneration system that supplies continuous power to its Lumirror polyester film division, which sustains manufacturing production even during severe weather events, such as Hurricane Sandy, and enables the company to provide uninterrupted customer service.

The new system, which is expected to be operational by March 2014, will be dedicated to powering production for the Torayfan polypropylene film division and other sites around the property. Toray says it will dramatically reduce the company's demand on the supply of electricity to nearby Rhode Island communities, particularly during peak periods in the summer months. In addition, the company estimates that the new system, like the current unit, will eliminate approximately 12,500 tons of CO2 emissions per year, for a total annual reduction of 25,000 tons.

Toray's sustainability initiative, begun in 2004, includes the use of solar power, zero landfill, and extensive recycling, among other features.

"Toray has a legacy of innovation and commitment to sustainability, as demonstrated by our product development and operations," says Rick Schloesser, president and CEO of Toray Plastics America. "Our taking action to reduce further our energy consumption and carbon footprint is good for business, people, and the environment. Our global customers value our focus on producing the highest-quality high-performance, competitively-priced OPP and PET films and our comprehensive sustainability initiative."

Toray calculates that the project will generate 150,000 hours of construction labor.

This announcement follows Toray's recent $15 million investment in new coating equipment, which was divulged this past April. The company said that industrial and packaging films and multi-layer and barrier structures that require specific surface properties are of special interest to its customers. The new technology integrates with Toray's film making technologies and will expand the range of the company's PET, OPP, CPP, bio-based, and metallized film offerings. 

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