CHANHASSEN, MINN. - Empak Inc. has added stock three-layer coextruded containers at its Container Products Division. The company, which operates six manufacturing plants in Minnesota and Colorado, began production on two new coextrusion blow molding lines at the Chanhassen blow molding plant in March, said Dave Youland, national sales and marketing manager for the firm.
The two new lines augmented production of one coextrusion blow molding line in operation since 1993, and seven lines blowing monolayer bottles.
Youland said three-layer bottles feature an inner and outer layer of virgin high density polyethylene and a middle layer of post-consumer HDPE. The company makes coextruded containers as large as 2 liters.
``We felt with the legislation that is pending, and the environmental sensitivity of the consumers, this was a competitive idea,'' Youland said.
Empak's lines use W. Muller conversion systems, which maintain separate material layers.
``We have a very good supply of post-consumer material, too,'' Youland said. ``So that if supplies are tight and someone wants that [post-consumer] content, we will be able to meet their needs.''
Empak's Container Products Division ranked 77th in Plastics News' list of top North American blow molders for 1994. It reported $11.8 million in total blow molding sales for fiscal 1994.