Finnish plastics packaging maker Amerplast is to open a second plant in Poland to enable the company to meet growing demand for its flexpack products.
The new plant, located at Borki-Wyrki, 160kms east of the main unit in Grodzisk Mazowiecki, central Poland, will be a subsidiary unit to the original Polish operation set up in 1999.
Amerplast, based in Tampere, Finland, needs a second site there due to its rapid business growth and a corresponding rise in orders and production volumes in recent years. The firm aims to build on its strong position in packaging for the European bread and bakery market segment through “scale and innovations”, it said.
Amerplast expects the new site to lift its national converting capacity by 25% this year. It should also add new flexibility to the whole supply chain, the film extruder and converter stressed.
“This enables us to ensure we have the necessary converting capacity to provide competitive lead times to each customer in every circumstance, as well as to strengthen our strong pan-European leadership position in the bread and bakery segment and the hygiene bags production,” commented Amerplast CEO Børge Kvamme.
The newly built plant will have its own bag converting, logistics and production management with “the highest safety and hygiene standards”, according to Amerplast.
The Finnish company, which has changed its name and owners several times since it was founded in 1952 as Amerplast M. Suominen, began life as a producer of plastic pants for diapers. Today, it makes film packaging for consumer goods including food, beverages and hygiene products, retail bags and security and mailing bags.
Amerplast group manufactures carrier bags with over 90% recycled materials at its central Tampere plant with part taken from its own polyethylene waste and up to half the content coming from recycled household waste.