BJK adds new five-layer film line

By Michael Lauzon
Correspondent

Published: January 21, 2014 3:44 pm ET
Updated: January 21, 2014 3:52 pm ET

Image By: Reifenhauser Inc. BJK Flexible Packaging installed a five-layer line late last year. From left, BJK President Jim Schandle, CEO Brian Krein and Reifenhauser Chairman Ulrich Reifenhauser.

Related to this story

Topics Food packaging, Film & Sheet, Machinery
Companies & Associations Reifenhauser Inc.

BJK Flexible Packaging plans to enter new film markets with the help of a recently acquired blown film line.

The Louisville, Ky., firm bought a five-layer line from Reifenhauser Inc. and began running it late last year to keep up with demand from existing customers and to develop new business. The company is a major producer of fresh poultry packaging films.

"Taking this technology to [the poultry industry] and providing them with better products is huge for us," stated BJK President and Chief Operating Officer Jim Schandle in a news release. "But we also plan to continue to diversify into other converting, laminating and print markets."

Five-layer films will gradually take over applications from three-layer constructions because they allow more flexibility to tailor constructions to specific applications, predicted BJK Chairman and CEO Brian Krein.

The Reifenhauser line is equipped with Ultra Flat technology which the Wichita, Kan., equipment supplier claims gives flatter film that runs more smoothly and faster in downstream equipment such as bag machines and printing presses.

BJK installed the new film line in 30,000-square-foot addition at its Louisville plant. It expects to expand space and add another film line this year. The new line is 110 inches wide with a 550-millimeter die and can process more than 1,500 pounds of resin per hour.

BJK was established in 1977. It makes coextruded and monolayer films and sheet and sells them as well as converting them to bags, tubing and sleeves. The firm's constructions include modified atmosphere packaging and breathable films.


Comments

BJK adds new five-layer film line

By Michael Lauzon
Correspondent

Published: January 21, 2014 3:44 pm ET
Updated: January 21, 2014 3:52 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Gear pump maker Witte expands in Germany and USA

July 25, 2014 2:15 pm ET

Witte Pumps & Technology GmbH, the German maker of gear pumps for extrusion, has moved into a new headquarters factory in the Hamburg area, and the...    More

Image

Sealed Air's move to Charlotte will put it all under 'One Roof'

July 25, 2014 2:03 pm ET

Sealed Air Corp. shook the ground last week by announcing plans to relocate its headquarters from Elmwood Park, N.J., to Charlotte, N.C., in a move...    More

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

Munson Machinery expanding assembly, testing operations

July 22, 2014 2:02 pm ET

Munson Machinery Co. Inc. is expanding its headquarters factory by about one-third in Utica, N.Y., where the company makes mixing, blending and size-r...    More

Market Reports

Plastics Recyclers Data Report & Directory

This exclusive MS Excel database contains all the companies from Plastics News' ranking of top North American Recyclers and Brokers by reprocessed volume and also includes a directory with materials processes, services offered and company contact information. Data is based on primary research by PN editorial staff.

Learn more

2014 Injection Molding Industry Report

GROWTH, OPPORTUNITY IN SIGHT FOR INJECTION MOLDERS IN 2014

In the wake of the economic turbulence earlier in this decade, molders today find themselves in much better shape. Molders are gaining a competitive advantage by investing in people, equipment and seeking inroads into new markets on a global scale.

Growth in the injection molding industry is going to be driven by low financing costs and a continued move to reshore some business.

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

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

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

More Events