Klockner Barrier Films on June 15 opened a new Packaging Technology Center and inaugurated its new film coating and laminating line at Gordonsville, Va.
The firm's new thermoforming technology center has a section devoted to pharmaceutical applications and one aimed at products for food, medical and static-control uses, said spokeswoman Nancy Ryan.
Adding the line for coating and laminating pharmaceutical films — the company's second — cost about $10 million, including a 22,500-square-foot addition that boosts the operation's floor space to 55,000 square feet. The company had estimated the project would cost $7 million when it announced the program last year, but Ryan said the estimate proved too low once construction began.
The line doubles Klockner's capacity for polyvinylidene dichloride-coated and chlorinated fluoropolymer-laminated barrier films for moisture-sensitive drugs to about 70 million pounds per year.
Ryan said another previously announced expansion, at Rural Retreat, Va., probably will begin operations this summer. In that project, Klockner Pentaplast of America Inc. is boosting rigid PVC film capacity. Last year Klockner Pentaplast said it would spend about $22 million on a new calendering line at Rural Retreat that will focus on rigid, thin films for credit-card stock and other uses.
Klockner Barrier's new pharmaceutical center is an expansion of its blister research and testing center opened in 1996.
It contains a Klockner Medipak Compacker-2 form-fill-seal machine.