New manufacturing facility
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Polykar Industries, a manufacturer of flexible packaging products, is building a new plastics manufacturing facility in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
The company announced the acquisition of a site for the construction of its innovative plastic manufacturing facility in Edmonton in September 2019.
The new facility will be ideal for supporting Polykar’s US and Western Canada customer base.
The estimated investment involved in the project is $20m and the facility is expected to be completed by 2021.
Polykar plastics manufacturing facility location
The new facility will be located in the Discovery Business Park, on the southern side of Edmonton, near the Edmonton International Airport.
Polykar plastics manufacturing facility design and features
The facility will occupy an area of 50,000ft² on a three-acre site. It will increase the company’s production capacity by 13,600t.
The building will include a two-storey administration wing at the front and a large plant behind the building. The office wing at the front will use the concept of extrusion of raw plastic materials into finished products such as plastic bags.
The concept of extrusion will incorporate diagonal aluminium fins stretching across the façade of the administration wing.
Polykar’s new facility will expand the customer reach of the company and extensively serve the commercial, institutional and retail sectors.
It will help the company to develop sustainable and innovative products. The Edmonton facility will create dozens of jobs during its construction and operations.
The project will also add more value to the local production of polyethylene in Alberta and contribute to the growth of the manufacturing industry in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.
The new facility will increase Polykar’s customers and valued suppliers in Western Canada.
Polykar product portfolio
This new facility will support the production of different types of plastic films and bags for use by the agri-food sector and businesses such as hotels, offices and restaurants.
Polykar’s product portfolio includes a range of food-grade poly bags. The company also offers pound bags, including perforated bags, regular pound bags (in retail packs and in bulk) and freezer bags.
In addition, Polykar offers recycling services, polyethylene films, food packaging solutions and custom bags on a roll.
The company’s certified compostable bags comply with the ASTM D6400 standard specifications for compostable plastics and the BNQ-9902-001 norm of the Bureau de normalisation du Québec (BNQ).
The bags are also certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) and the US Composting Council (USCC).
FarMor Architecture was awarded a contract to provide architectural design services to the flexible packaging manufacturing facility.
Marketing commentary on Polykar
Polykar is a leading Canadian manufacturer of flexible packaging products. Founded in 1987 in Saint-Laurent, Quebec, the company began as a family business and has now become one of the biggest Canadian manufacturers of certified compostable bags, polyethylene films and garbage bags.
The company sells products to distributors of food, packaging and sanitation products across Canada. It is also a supplier to major buying groups, including Itwal, Colabor, Adapt, Wood Wyant and Dissan.
Polykar Industries is a member and industry participant of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association, the Canadian Sanitation Supply Association (now known as ISSA Canada), the Composite Council of Canada and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CPIB).
The company is also Canada’s first plastic bag manufacturer to hold the ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015 certifications.
In 2019, Polykar received the Niveau Élite award from the ICI on recycle + programme for excellence in waste management. The St-Laurent office building of Polykar received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification status from the Canada Green Building Council.
The company also received a Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC) supplier certification in 2016.