Ergis-Eurofilms focuses on PVC rigid film production

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Leading Polish plastic films producer Ergis-Eurofilms is completing a project to concentrate its manufacture of PVC rigid films at a new plant in WÄbrzeÅno, Poland.

The company, one of Poland’s largest processors of PVC products, is investing nearly €5m in the plant which was due to start up this month (September 2011). Apart from the construction of a new production hall, the project has involved relocation of a rigid films process line to WabrzeÅno from another group firm MKF-Folien GmbH. in Berlin, Germany.

The new operation has been undergoing quality and efficiency trials and rewinders for PVC and PVC/PE film have been installed in the hall.

This project is just one of several investments Ergis-Eurofilms is undertaking in 2011 and 2012. At its other Polish plant in Olawa, the firm is spending more than €5.4m to install a new Windm"ller & Holscher multi-layer PE stretch film line which is due on stream by March next year.

The new line will enable Warsaw-based Ergis-Eurofilms to increase its production capacity for PE stretch film by 25%, according to the company.

Forty per cent of this investment is being co-financed from European funds under the EU’s ‘Innovative Economy’ Operational Programme for Poland, with the remainder provided through a bank loan, it said.

In addition, Ergis-Eurofilms is investing a further €2.4m to buy a PET tapes processing line which will be added at the Olawa plant. This will raise the company’s PET films production output by 100%.

The parent Ergis group recorded a significant increase in sales during the first half of 2011 despite a rise in the cost of raw materials. Turnover for the period was up by 9% to €70.7m while net profit stood at just over €1m. Although the group increased it s product prices, it still reported that PET resin alone rose in price against the first half of 2010 by 27% while PVC was up by 17%.

“The segments of packaging products and insulating films are experiencing dynamic growth, and we will focus on developing these areas of our operations.

“We are also executing previously planned investments, which, in our opinion, will have a positive influence on future results. In addition, we are going to take more measures aimed at further development on foreign markets,” stated Tadeusz Nowicki, Ergis-Eurofilms management board president.

The Ergis-Eurofilms has continued to consolidate its position since its acquisition in 2007 of two German film producers: rigid PVC and PET films maker MKF-Folien GmbH. and food laminates and PVC/PE and PET/PE rigid films manufacturer Schimanski GmbH. of Gallin, Germany.

Ergis-Eurofilms also has two other industrial subsidiaries: Flexergis, a food industry flexible packaging, flexographic printing on PVC film and laminates; Remfol, which makes polystyrene and polypropylene films and sheet for food industry applications and for producing advertisement materials.

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