Ampac Packaging purchases film line
CINCINNATI - Film maker Ampac Packaging LLC has purchased a nine-layer blown film line from Battenfeld Gloucester Engineering Co. Inc.
Ampac has experience running three- and seven-layer film lines. The nine-layer line is Ampac's 10th blown film line, and its fifth from Battenfeld Gloucester, said the machinery maker in Gloucester, Mass.
Tom Geyer, Cincinnati-based Ampac's vice president of manufacturing, said the new machine will give the firm greater flexibility. Nine-layer film is growing in barrier films, especially food packaging. The additional layers allow for a broader spectrum of resins, boosting performance and adding value, Geyer said.
Some packages also are better-suited to multilayer film than lamination, said Tom Crosson, sales director for Ampac's Consumer Packaging Division. The film maker also will be able to make film with specifically designed heat layers, all in one film.
Battenfeld is installing a nine-layer blown film line with an Optiflow LP at its technical laboratory in Gloucester for product development and customer trials.
Winpak places order for barrier sheet line
SOUTH CHICAGO HEIGHTS, ILL. - Winpak Ltd. has ordered a barrier sheet line from Processing Technologies Inc. to expand capacity at Winpak Portion Packaging in South Chicago Heights.
This will be Winpak's third barrier sheet coextrusion line from PTI of Aurora, Ill. The line will be able to make a variety of complex coextruded sheet, including products for modified atmospheric packaging, controlled atmospheric packaging, extended shelf life and retort packaging. The Winpak line can produce up to seven-layer film.
Glenn VanDerWende, Winpak engineering director, said his firm plans to develop ways to foam specific layers within the sheet, including barrier layers.
Polytubes to make Boss pipe for Armtec
GUELPH, ONTARIO - Pipe firm Armtec Holdings Ltd. of Guelph now has a manufacturing and sales agreement with Polytubes Inc. of Edmonton, Alberta.
The firms had been selling under the same trademark, Armtec President Chuck Phillips said by phone. Under the new agreement, Polytubes will make small-diameter Boss 1000 and Boss 2000 high density polyethylene corrugated pipe products solely for Armtec.
``We think this is an opportunity to eliminate any confusion,'' Phillips said. Polytubes will not add any capacity, but Armtec opened a new distribution facility in Langley, British Columbia. Boss 1000 single-wall and Boss 2000 double-wall product lines are used in road and highway construction for drainage applications, officials said.
Meantime, Armtec went public in July, offering just over 9 million shares at $10 each for its initial public offering. It is trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.