Canadian blown film maker Layfield Polyfilms Ltd. has increased its production capacity by 10 million pounds after adding a new coextrusion line capable of making film as wide as 120 inches. The new Battenfeld Gloucester machinery represents a $5 million capital investment by parent Layfield Group. Layfield's Polyfilms division, based in Richmond, British Columbia, now has annual capacity between 25 million and 30 million pounds. ``For us, this is a significant expansion,'' said Layfield marketing manager Henry Zbuk. ``This is our first expansion into coextruded products.'' Zbuk said the expansion allows Layfield to introduce new products and improved versions. Layfield manufactures polyethylene film for various food-packaging applications, mattress sheeting, geomembranes and other uses. The new coextrusion line can make film ranging in thicknesses of a half mil to 40 mil. Film sales for the company's fiscal 2005, which ended in March, were about $15 million - up from $10 million in 2004.
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