Liqui-Box upgrading Ohio and UK plants

By Michael Lauzon
Correspondent

Published: November 27, 2013 2:23 pm ET
Updated: November 27, 2013 2:26 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Packaging, Blow molds, Extrusion

Liqui-Box Inc. is upgrading polyethylene extrusion operations as part of overall upgrades to facilities in Ashland, Ohio, and Wythenshawe, England.

Liqui-Box, based in Worthington, Ohio, makes bag-in-box packaging and blow molded PE containers for bulk liquids and semi-liquids.

Liqui-Box’s upgrades are aimed at bag-in-box packaging sizes from 1-5 gallons, said the firm’s director of strategic planning Paul Kase in a phone interview. The two plants are fully integrated film extrusion, lamination, bag-making and fittings producers.

“The upgrades will be for our full range of markets,” Kase explained. Key markets are dairy, beverage and bulk food. The firm’s product range goes up to 370-gallon totes. Blow molded containers are mainly for water in a 2.5-gallon size that fits residential refrigerators.

Kase did not disclose the cost of the upgrades which will be finished in mid-2014. Other parts of the program involve installation of new multi-lane bag machines and extensive automation.

Liqui-Box’s plastic bags are housed in paperboard containers. Bags are made of PE extruded by Liqui-Box and higher barrier materials such as laiminated ethylene vinyl alcohol, nylon and metallized films. The barrier substrates are bought from outside suppliers.

Liqui-Box bag-in-box plants are in Ashland and Upper Sandusky, Ohio, Sacramento, Calif., Elkedon, Md., England and China. In the latter country Liqui-Box is moving its current production plant in Shenzhen to Taizhou by the third quarter of 2014. Liqui-Box recently announced the move to a leased, 120,000-square-foot facility in Taizhou.

“These new investments will allow Liqui-Box the ability to even better serve its customers with packaging solutions in the fastest and most cost efficient manner,” stated Liqui-Box President and CEO Ken Swanson in a news release.

Kase said his firm blow molds containers at several U.S. locations.

Liqui-Box is majority owned by Sterling Group, a private equity company based in Houston.


Comments

Liqui-Box upgrading Ohio and UK plants

By Michael Lauzon
Correspondent

Published: November 27, 2013 2:23 pm ET
Updated: November 27, 2013 2:26 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Bemis' product strategy paying off with record earnings per share

July 24, 2014 2:56 pm ET

Bemis Co. Inc. is feeling good about itself these days as the flexible packaging and pressure sensitive materials firm is posting record earnings per ...    More

Image

Sealed Air moving headquarters, 1,200 jobs to Charlotte, N.C.

July 23, 2014 2:06 pm ET

Sealed Air Corp. — which is known for its Bubble Wrap brand — is moving its headquarters from Elmwood Park, N.J., to Charlotte, N.C., and ...    More

Image

Intek investing $1 million to expand capacity

July 23, 2014 1:59 pm ET

Custom profile extruder Intek Plastics Inc. has invested more than $1 million to expand its production capacity by 17 percent.    More

Image

Successful packaging is about more than the materials you use

July 23, 2014 1:49 pm ET

“People do not forget how packaging makes them feel," says Marla Donahue. "Remember how frustrated you felt when you couldn't get that...    More

Image

Beer maker Carlsberg enlists suppliers for 'upcycling' project

July 22, 2014 11:14 am ET

Carlsberg Breweries A/S in Denmark has started an ambitious project with its suppliers to optimize its packaging for the purpose of “upcycling.&...    More

Market Reports

Injection Molders Market Report & Ranking 2014

This special package contains our 132-page 2014 Market Report on the Injection Molding segment and our exclusive 2014 RANKINGS database of 500+ Injection Molders for a discounted package price.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Market Review & Outlook 2014

This special report from Plastics News examines the North American plastics recycling industry and provides insight into indicators that impact market viability, including Resin pricing trends for virgin and recycled market material and historical Resin production trends for post- consumer and industrial waste.

Learn more

Shale Gas Market - Analysis of North American Region

This report highlights the impact of shale-based natural gas on the North American plastics market and features an in-depth analysis of production trends in the United States during 2013 and a forecast for 2014 and beyond.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

September 10, 2014 - September 12, 2014Plastics Caps & Closures 2014

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events