Innovia Films breaks ground at new German site

New 8.8m multi-layer co-extrusion line will produce thin gauge label films to support the growing demand for lower resin content materials

Innovia Films broke ground for a significant expansion at its Innovia business unit near Leipzig in Germany at the Dow ValuePark Schkopau.  

A new 8.8 meters wide multi-layer co-extrusion line will produce thin gauge label films to support the growing, sustainability driven demand for lower resin content materials. The new technology is unique for label films, with 36,000 tons of annual capacity designed for energy efficiency. Production will commence in the second half of 2024.  

Simon Huber, managing director Innovia Films Europe, commented: ‘The intended introduction of the BOPP - film on a production scale represents an innovation for the application as uncoated and printable label film that does not exist yet. The new line in Germany will supply thinner films for the label market, close to where many customers are located. Polypropylene is a widely recycled material that has an established recycling stream and that supports a circular economy of plastics.’  

Giuseppe Ronzoni, general manager at Innovia Films in Schkopau, Germany, concluded: ‘This technology offers clear advantages over the state of the art, especially for the life cycle assessment with regard to product-specific CO2 emissions. Further developments, retrofitting and the more sustainable change in the German electricity mix can lead to a further improvement in the environmental impact.’ 

The investment is part of the company strategy to focus on providing sustainable material for the label industry as part of its ‘Better future’ material science strategy. Thinner materials equal more material efficiency and a lower carbon footprint of the end product, which supports the carbon reduction strategy of major brands looking to introduce sustainable packaging into the market.