Bemis to close film making plants in the US

12 December 2011 (Last Updated December 12th, 2011 18:30)

US-based packaging film maker Bemis has announced the closure of three of its film manufacturing facilities in the first half of 2012.

US-based packaging film maker Bemis has announced the closure of three of its film manufacturing facilities in the first half of 2012.

In January, the company is expected to close its polyethylene packaging units in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and Flemington, New Jersey and it will shut the Longview, Texas stretch film facility by the end of May.

Melanie Miller, Bemis vice president and treasurer, told Plastic News that Bemis has an optimisation programme that started after it acquired the Alcan business about 18 months ago and the company is working to integrate their businesses to ensure customer satisfaction.

The production work at these facilities will be transferred to larger Bemis-owned facilities, Miller said.

The Wisconsin-based firm plans to shut the Texas and New Jersey facilities and it will keep Oshkosh plant for future expansion of another Bemis operation.

The company plans to relocate some of the equipment from the closed plants to other facilities and dispose of the rest.

With 82 global manufacturing sites Bemis has more than 4,000 employees working at its various Oshkosh plants and employs people 20,000 worldwide.

In March 2010, Bemis announced the completion of a $1.2bn deal to buy the Food Americas operations of Alcan Packaging from Rio Tinto in the UK.

In the third-quarter report, Bemis president and CEO Henry Theisen said during the period, unit volumes decreased in nearly every market category, reflecting the concerns about softness in demand that the company's customers had expressed earlier in the year.

Bemis reported net sales of $1.36bn for the third quarter of 2011, with the flexible packaging business segment representing net sales of $1.22bn.