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ITASA, robust release liners for Composites
ITASA is a leading producer of Silicone-Coated Release-Liners. Their primary facility is located in Spain. Product range includes both Glassine and Clay-Coated
base papers, silicone coated one or two sides. ITASA has ISO 9001 and 14001
certification, and has been producing high quality release liners since 1974.
ITASA has grown into a leader in the manufacturing of silicone coated papers for
Composites, with a focus on Aerospace. As a response to the increasing global
demand, ITASA has recently invested in additional production capacity in Asia.

Itasa is known for being a specialist
in release liners for Tapes, Graphic Arts
and Labels. Why are you now focusing on
Composites?
Quality requirements are so high that suppliers
have to search for Excellence. This naturally
creates high entry barriers which means only
a chosen few are able to qualify as reliable
partners to the industry leaders. Some of the
markets we currently serve are fairly mature.
The Composites market is both challenging and
attractive for many reasons. For instance, there
is tremendous organic growth, fueled by the
increased use of prepreg for manufacturing of
primary structure in Aerospace.
The underlying growth trend is expected to last,
and we are taking this into account in our strategic planning.
What is the position of ITASA in
the market of release liners for Composites?
In the past 40 years, ITASA has established a
leading position supplying release liners worldwide. In sheer size, we are Europe's 3rd merchant silicone coater.
We started to supply the Composites industry
10 years ago, and we have seen exponential
growth in the last 3 years.
Our position varies from one segment to another: we are the global leader for supply to
prepreg manufacturers for ballistics. With the
introduction of a dedicated sales and technical
support team in recent years, we have diversified our portfolio.
Today we sell our liners to industry leaders for
Sporting goods, Recreational and Industrial applications. And the focal point of our strategy
is obviously the Aerospace industry. These are
long term projects, and we are involved with all
major players with a goal to becoming their preferred partner.
For example we have developed specific solutions for A.T.L machines, working in close cooperation with key actors along the value chain.

What are your unique selling points?
We have grown step by step, with one simple
goal in mind: become a true specialist. So we
have focused on one main technology, which we
have perfected over time.
ITASA proposes a range of release papers produced with 100 % solventless chemistry. This
guarantees extremely low contamination of
prepregs while the absence of solvent provides
a safe production environment.
Our ability to combine very low extractables
(non cured silicone) together with very low coefficient of friction is unique. We have developed
special coating formulations in order to satisfy
the most demanding end-users. Most release
manufacturers do resort to solvent in order to
meet those requirements.
We have implemented a Web Inspection System on 3 of our 4 silicone coaters. We are able
to detect all kinds of defects coming from the
base paper or our silicone coating process. In
addition to our W.I.S, we implemented a series
of manufacturing and process steps that aim at
eliminating Foreign Object Debris (F.O.D.).
Overall, our dedication is what makes us truly
unique!
How are you responding to the growing
demand in release liners for Composites?
ITASA has 4 versatile silicone coaters. Roll
widths range from 12mm to 2300 mm. 2 of our
coaters are extremely flexible, with minimum
change-over time. They are designed for very
short production cycles, which customers request when new products are being tested. Prepreg manufacturers are very keen on testing
resin systems, and resin coating weights.
In the last 5 years, ITASA has invested over 30
million € in silicone coating, off-line printing,
slitting and warehousing space. We have introduced a new ERP system in January this year.
Maintaining such a high standard in production
equipment, led by the right people, allows us to
meet our very ambitious goals in terms of Qua-

David Martinez,
Business Development
Manager Composites
Olivier Lavaud,
Sales Director

lity, Consistency and Productivity. As a result,
our overall business has grown 25% in the last
2 years.
What main challenges are you
facing and how do you respond?
Our Aerospace customers are very keen on
consistency and maintaining the highest quality
standards. As stated before, one of our main
challenges is alignment between increasing
demand and production capacity.
In order to allow our customers to produce silicone free prepregs, we must decrease the
amount of non cured silicone. We have linked
customer requirements to our process parameters, through the most rigorous definition
of product specifications. Each production and
control device is calibrated. And we are working
with our entire supply chain to make sure that
these standards are used by key suppliers as
well. Regarding production capacity, we have
enough installed capacity in Spain to match the
future needs of our Composite customers. As
we have built the geographical expansion factor
into our strategic planning, we are in the process of adding release paper and film capability.
An existing facility in South East Asia will soon
be added, and we are planning further introduction of new capacity across the Atlantic within
24 months.
Our vision is to become the global specialist of
release liners for Composites and 2016 will be a
defining moment going forward. n
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016

Cover
Edito
Point of view : Lamborghini
Contents
COMPANY & BUSINESS
In brief
Acquisition
Agenda of Events
APPLICATIONS
Sports & leisure
Sustainable construction
MARKET
Global
Europe
SPECIAL JEC WORLD 2016
Conferences
End-users
Automotive
Awards
Basalt
Engineering
Performing
Strategy
RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
Joining
Testing
Impact resistance
TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATIONS
Wind
Software
Epoxy
Repair
Thermoplastic
Sandwich
Index
In the world
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - In brief
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Acquisition
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Agenda of Events
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Sports & leisure
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Sustainable construction
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Global
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Europe
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - SPECIAL JEC WORLD 2016
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Conferences
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - End-users
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Automotive
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Awards
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Basalt
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Engineering
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Strategy
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Joining
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Testing
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Impact resistance
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Wind
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Software
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Epoxy
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Repair
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - Thermoplastic
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #103 - March 2016 - In the world
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