India-based Uflex Group, a manufacturer of polyester films for packaging applications, has opened its new biaxially oriented polyester (BOPET) film plant in Wrzesnia, Poland.
The 8.7 meter wide film line that runs at 500 meters/minute is said to be one of the largest in the world and can produce 36,000 meters a year of film. It is supplemented by a plasma enhanced high-barrier metalizer that can convert 6,000 meters of film per year.
The project operates under the aegis of Flex Films Europa. Pradeep Tyle, CEO of Uflex's global films business, said: ‘We want to get ever closer to our valued film customers by locating plants next door to them. Just-in-time deliveries not only enable our customers to totally do away with film inventories and warehousing, the freshly manufactured films also bring with them better functional properties that are better suited for conversion. We tell our customers to keep their money in the bank and not in warehouses. We intend to operate out of at least 12 countries by 2020.’
The group now has film plants operating in India, Dubai, Mexico, Egypt and Poland. Another facility is under construction in Kentucky, USA, and will be operational by the end of 2012.