ATLANTA - Flexel Inc. has inked a deal to become sole U.S. and Canadian distributor of oriented polypropylene films produced by Polibak Plastics of Izmir, Turkey. At its Izmir plant, Polibak's two tenter lines have capacity for 40 million pounds of OPP film a year, said Paul Merriman, Flexel's marketing manager. The agreement also gives Flexel rights to sell Polibak's film in Mexico and Cen-tral and South America, he said by phone from his firm's Atlanta headquarters. Flexel specializes in packaging markets mainly for OPP films, including coextruded, coated and metalized types, but also markets some polyester film.
``We're also getting into ... cast [PP] film,'' said Merriman, who is headed to Israel to work on forging a deal.
Polibak is part of Bakioglu Group, whose other Izmir operations include PE film extrusion, converting and laminating, and injection molding. Last year Polibak added a vacuum metalizing machine, bringing those operations in-house for quality control, he said. The firm did OPP film sales last year of roughly $14.3 million and employs 101.