Global healthcare packaging company TekniPlex Healthcare has added a new multilayer blown film manufacturing line in a cleanroom environment at its facility in Puurs, Belgium. 

The new production line has been installed in response to the growing demand for higher-order barrier solutions in the healthcare industry. 

It will further help TekniPlex to expand its existing cleanroom film and bag production capacity. 

The new cleanroom-housed blown film line is expected to begin operations in the second quarter (Q2) of this year, with full-scale commercial production to follow soon after. 

The addition of the multilayer line complements the existing monolayer lines within the ISO Class 7 cleanrooms at the Puurs site, which are dedicated to the production of cleanroom bags.  

This expansion further aligns with the shift among healthcare market players towards pharma-grade resins produced under good manufacturing practice cleanroom conditions, as opposed to food-grade resin-based bags. 

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TekniPlex said that its customers have indicated a need for packaging solutions with enhanced barrier properties, necessitating multilayer film and bag capabilities.  

TekniPlex Sales and Marketing vice-president Bryan Wesselmann said: “There is a growing demand for films extruded and bags sealed in cleanroom environments across various healthcare categories. 

“The introduction of cleanroom production for multilayer blown films and bags at our Puurs, Belgium facility demonstrates our dedication to acquiring more extensive, market-responsive capabilities. This expansion aligns with our goal of increasing capacities and market share for our existing solutions portfolio.” 

Last June, TekniPlex announced its plans to open a new 200,000ft² production facility in Wisconsin, US.