Commercial production has started on a new cellulose film manufacturing line at Innovia Films’ Wigton site in the UK.
The €10 million investment for the new machine was agreed two years ago and will replace two existing production lines that have been in operation since the late 1940s. The project, which was predominantly designed, built and project managed in-house, was completed on time and on budget.
The new machine will ultimately become Innovia Films’ highest output line. This state-of-the-art equipment will allow the manufacture of some grades faster than currently achieved and will consistently improve quality on others. Substantial environmental benefits and efficiencies were an integral part of the innovative design and will reduce Innovia Films’ carbon footprint.
Alexander van’t Riet, global sales and marketing director, said: “The successful completion of this major project is testimony to Innovia Films’ ongoing commitment to cellulose film, a reflection of the dedication and skills of our highly experienced engineering team and a clear demonstration of our belief and desire to continue to bring further developments in cellulose technology to our customers.”
The first NatureFlex™ films were launched in 2003, and have since then been awarded 13 major packaging accolades. A recent addition to the cellulose-based films range includes the biodegradable, compostable and high barrier NatureFlex NK product, which is suitable for use in a wide range of applications, particularly dried foods and snacks.