EPL Technologies Inc. of West Conshohocken, Pa., on July 10 announced two acquisitions de-signed to give it a stronger foothold in packaging films in the United Kingdom and bring its proprietary film perforation technology from England to the United States. For an undisclosed amount, EPL's newly formed U.K. subsidiary, EPL Flexible Packaging Ltd., purchased a snack-food film printing facility of Printpack Ltd. in St. Helens, England. EPL Flexible Packaging will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of EPL Technologies (Europe) Ltd., a holding company based in Hertfordshire. The St. Helens facility was one of five of Atlanta-based Printpack Inc.'s operations in the United Kingdom.
Printpack officials had no comment on the sale.
At the same time, EPL will bring its proprietary gas-flame film perforation technology from England to its second new purchase, Crystal Specialty Films Inc. of Oswego, Ill. Prior to the purchase, for undisclosed terms, the company was known as Crystal Plastics Inc.
The gas-flame perforation process is one of several film perforation processes, including ``hot-needle'' perforation. An EPL financial employee, who asked not to be identified, said the gas-flame process frequently is used in high-value applications in food packaging and medicine.
The former Crystal Plastics Inc. facility processes K resin, a clear styrenic material proprietary to Phillips 66 Co. in Bartlesville, Okla., in addition to other styrenic resins.
Crystal Specialty Films operates three extrusion lines.