Constantia Flexibles has invested €6m in new technology to manufacture film-based flexible packaging at its site in Weiden, Germany.
The Austrian packaging company said the investment was made to meet growing demand for speciality laminates such as stand-up pouches with high property barriers, for use in the confectionery, processed food and processed meat industries.
As part of the investments, Constantia Flexibles has installed two blown-film polyethylene extrusion lines. In the coming months, the company also intends to integrate an AlOx dual metalliser that will manufacture transparent, high-barrier film products.
The non-metal material is combined with additional barrier lacquers and films to create a barrier against aroma, moisture and oxygen, while maintaining transparency, to allow the consumer to be able to see the product inside the packaging.
“These investments mean we are now fully integrated into the film value chain at the Hueck Folien plant in Weiden and will strengthen Constantia Flexibles’ credentials as a leading supplier of high-performance films for different food industries,” said Stefan Grote, EVP Food Europe.
“At the same time, our Ebert plant in Wiesbaden, Germany, will focus on being a leading manufacturer of film-based twist applications for the confectionery industry,” he added