Poland's Alupol Films accelerates growth with plan for second BOPP line

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Polish flexible packaging producer Alupol Films intends to accelerate investment plans for its new plant in Kraków Special Economic Zone [SEZ] in southern Poland.

The Kęty-based firm started production of multi-layer bioriented polypropylene (BOPP) films at the new unit in the Oświęcim subzone last year with one 8.7m wide Brückner line. Now, Alupol expects to install a second BOPP line there.

Alupol Films, an offshoot of Alupol Packaging which is part of the Polish aluminium profiles and packaging company Grupa Kęty, expects the project will be implemented by 2019. The parent group last month allocated a further €26m to its flexible packaging business for the extra line, reported Alupol.

Last year, Alupol Films aimed to invest up to €26.8m by the end of 2022 at the five hectare development site that it purchased from the local authority in Oświęcim (Auschwitz in German) in 2015.

Expansion plans for packaging at the new plant are part of Grupa Kęty’s ‘Strategy 2020’ strategic investment plan for the period 2017 – 2020.

The Alupol Films is adding extra capacity immediately because it says the first BOPP line, started up a year ago, is already occupied with work.

Alupol Films launched production of the new five-layer BOPP line, the biggest and most advanced such unit in Poland and one of the most modern in Europe, at the Oświęcim site in late 2016.

At the same time, it started operating a metallisation line with a target capacity of up to 40,000tpa supplied by Swiss packaging machinery manufacturer Bobst Group. The plant produces a wide range of BOPP films including transparent, white, pearly, matte and metalised finishes.

Alupol Packaging, based in Tychy, Poland, manufactures a selection of food packaging for confectionery, snacks,  dairy and fats and beverages as well as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and household products.

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