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MOBIL TO EXPAND OPP PLANT IN EUROPE

 MOBIL TO EXPAND OPP PLANT IN EUROPE
 FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Mobil Chemical Company said


today it will expand oriented polypropylene (OPP) film capacity at its new state-of-the-art plant in Kerkrade, the Netherlands, even before construction of the new plant is finished.
 Grassroots construction of the Kerkrade plant was started in 1991 and completion is scheduled for the third quarter of 1993. Work on the expansion will begin immediately and should be completed by the second quarter of 1994.
 "Expansion of our new plant at Kerkrade reflects our commitment to the OPP business," said Philip W. Matos, president, Mobil Chemical Company. "It reinforces our position as a world leader in the OPP films market."
 The Kerkrade plant will add over 60 million pounds of OPP film capacity, bringing Mobil's total European capacity to approximately 200 million pounds and its worldwide capacity to more than 430 million pounds. The plant will employ more than 250 people, primarily from the local area.
 Mobil's other European OPP plants are in Virton, Belgium, and Brindisi, Italy.
 OPP is a thin, strong, flexible plastic film used widely in the bakery, confectionery, and snack food industries to package and protect food products. It is a cost effective, highly versatile packaging material which offers moisture and oxygen barrier properties critical to maintaining product freshness. OPP films are also used in a variety of industrial applications such as a base film for adhesive tapes and labels.
 Mobil is a world leader in the 1.3 billion pound OPP market for flexible packaging and industrial films, especially in proprietary coated and opaque films. The European and North American markets are expected to grow to about two billion pounds by the late 1990s.
 The expansion at Kerkrade is a continuation of Mobil's program to increase capacity to meet OPP market growth. Mobil Chemical's U.S. operations recently brought on stream a new 60 million pound OPP film plant in LaGrange, Ga. In addition to these two new OPP films plants, Mobil has continued to invest in the OPP business with major capacity expansions at existing facilities: new coaters in Brindisi, Italy, and Shawnee, Okla.; and new metallizers in Virton, Belgium, and Stratford, Conn.
 Mobil Chemical Company is a division of Mobil Corporation (NYSE: MOB).
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