Spanish polypropylene film specialist Polipropileno de Galicia (Poligal) is to boost production of coated, high-barrier BOPP packaging films by adding a second metalising line at its plant in Poland.
Narón, Spain-based Poligal already runs one such line at the 40,000tpa biaxially oriented PP operation in Skarbimierz, in western Poland, supplied by Switzerland-based packaging machinery supplier Bobst. Now, the film extruder has confirmed it plans to install a new K5 EXPERT 2450mm wide line there by the end of this year.
Poligal, which launched the €40m Polish plant, its first production unit outside Iberia, in 2017 to serve the film markets of Central Europe, installed the initial metallic finish machinery last year.
The company had earlier experience of Bobst technology since it installed a K 5000 metalliser at its plant in Arcos, northern Portugal in 2015.
Poligal executives confirmed the new metallic coating line will again include Bobst’s ‘AluBond’ process as Poligal was particularly satisfied with the barrier results achieved with this feature. The process increases metal bond strength and adhesion on BOPP substrate through aluminium vacuum metalising.
At Skarbimierz, situated 60kms south east of Wrocław city, Poligal produces bi-oriented PP films on a Brückner supplied 5-layer, 8.7 m wide extrusion line. The firm established the Polish unit as part of its goal to grow and extend its geographical spread while remaining a medium-sized supplier of high-quality packaging films.
Meanwhile, as part of a reorganisation that overhauled the company's internal structure, the Spanish processor shut down its loss-making, debt-ridden main plant in Narón, Galicia, which resulted in the elimination of over 100 jobs earlier this year.
Poligal plans to liquidate the plant, which has reportedly accumulated €11m in debt worth €11m, and has blamed spiralling raw material costs and market overcapacity for the failure. The plant ran two 6m wide Brückner BOPP lines with a 20,000tpa capacity and three metalising lines.
An insolvency administrator was appointed to oversee the future of the ailing plant and its former workforce.