Russian flexible packaging producer Tiko-Plastic has expanded its capacity with a recently installed multi-layer film extrusion line at its plant in the city of Dzerzhinsk east of Moscow.
The high performance, high speed automated line, introduced three months ago, was supplied by the Italian machinery group Macchi of Venegono Inferiore in northern Italy.
Modern technology of the new extruder will allow the company to produce more durable laminates and apply quality printing up to 10 colours, according to Tiko-Plastic.
This addition was part of a 2016 development programme including the installation of a new laminating line and a Bobino cutting machine. Together with the extrusion equipment, the investment has seen Tiko-Plastic’s flexible packaging production capacity growing by 20%, the firm said.
Tiko-Plastic has already expanded other parts of its Dzerzhinsk operation with the completion in late 2015 of a new modern warehouse with high-tech storage equipment and an automated operating system.
The building, with shelf storage for 1,400 pallets, is equipped for high speed handling of finished products. It includes several universal stations for loading and unloading vehicles and now offers Tiko-Plastic 1.5-fold greater warehouse storage space.
Tiko-Plastic manufactures a range of monolayer and multi-layer polyethylene films and laminates as well as converting film into bags and other flexible packaging. Last year, the company said it planned to develop high-barrier film, combined with metal foil for food and non-food packaging applications.
In September 2015, the Russian processor added a new 10-colour Comexi flexo printing machine to its existing large format flexo printing presses.