Pactiv Corp. will shut down a foam and paper packaging plant in Plymouth, England, that it formerly owned jointly with Sentinel Products Corp.
The closure is part of Lake Forest, Ill.-based Pactiv's reorganization in Europe and is in line with a move out of paper-based packaging, said Hans Van den Doel, Pactiv's business development director for protective packaging in Europe.
``We are going to close the Plymouth operation in the next couple of months. The reason is a mixture of the products there and location. We are divesting the paper-based products area and setting up four regions: Western Europe, Southern Europe, Eastern Europe and the United Kingdom and Ireland. We are focusing our European activities in locations where we can produce as efficiently as possible,'' Van den Doel said.
The Plymouth plant houses one extruder, which will be moved to another Pactiv plant, he said. A location has not been determined.
The British plant originally was part of Sentinel Polyolefins LLC of Hyannis, Mass., a joint venture formed in December 1998 by Sentinel Products Corp. of Hyannis, and Tenneco Packaging, which later became Pactiv Corp.
Sentinel Polyolefins, a producer of polyolefin foams for computer and electronics packaging, auto interiors and leisure markets, planned to manufacture products, including the low density metallocene-based polyolefin foam at the site.
However, the partners later agreed that Pactiv should concentrate on the commodity foam business, with Sentinel focusing on the venture's more specialized materials. The Plymouth plant, which did not produce the metallocene-based foam, was taken on by Pactiv. Sentinel changed its name earlier this year to Cellect LLC.
Other Pactiv operations in Britain include four plants run by Pactiv (UK) Ltd.