Indian manufacturer of polyester films, Uflex, has started production at its new $80m biaxially-oriented polyester (BOPET) film plant in Poland.

The 8.7m wide film line is supplemented by a plasma-enhanced high-barrier metalliser that can convert 6,000t of film and runs at 500m per minute every year, with a capacity to produce 36,000t of film annually. It is one of the largest film lines in the world.

According to Uflex, the project is the group’s fourth overseas manufacturing facility.

The group now has film plants operating in India, Dubai, Mexico, Egypt and Poland, and another facility is under construction in Kentucky, US, which will be operational by the end of 2012.

Uflex global films business CEO Pradeep Tyle said the company aims to get closer to its film customers by locating plants close to them, and to abolish film inventories and warehousing.

"We intend to operate out of at least 12 countries by 2020," Tyle added.

The Uflex Group products include plain, coated and metallised films, flexible packaging laminates, bags and pouches, PET resins, holographic materials, multilayer tubes, printing inks and coatings, adhesives, rotogravure cylinders, flexographic plates, packaging machinery and converting machinery.