CHICAGO (July 6, 2:40 p.m. EDT) — Iso Poly Films Inc. continues to expand in blown film with orders for two extrusion lines from Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corp.
Gray Court, S.C.-based Iso Poly is spending $7.5 million on the two Varex lines and expects to have them running by the end of the first quarter of next year. One is a three-layer line and the other is a five-layer system. Each will make film as wide as 130 inches.
Jon McClure, Iso Poly president and chief executive officer, said the new lines will boost his firm's capital spending to more than $17 million in the three years the company has been in existence. Iso Poly installed its fourth blown film line, a Varex system from W&H, earlier this year and more than doubled floor space to 55,000 square feet. The recent expansion boosted film production capacity to about 40 million pounds per year.
McClure said the company plans to diversify into barrier film markets next year. So far it has been making monolayer and multilayer custom films for companies that do converting, printing, laminating and metalizing. Most of Iso Poly's films end up in food and medical applications.
Iso will expand its range of materials when it enters barrier packaging to include nylon, ethylene/vinyl alcohol, metallocene PE and other resins.
W&H said the two systems it sold to Iso Poly include Optifil P-2 automatic die control, the Module ISP quality-control system and an oscillating haul-off with Nostic technology for tacky films.
Iso Poly started in early 1998. Its first blown film lines were Contracool monolayer systems from Battenfeld Gloucester Engineering Co. of Gloucester, Mass. It has emphasized specialty, custom films from its beginning.
W&H of Lincoln, R.I., recently announced that it sold a Varex blown film line to Charter Films of Superior, Wis. W&H displayed the film line at NPE 2000 in Chicago.