Leading Ukrainian plastic film and PET preform producer Hekro PET Ltd. has installed a new high-speed five-layer cast stretch film line to meet rapidly growing demand in the former Soviet states.
Supplied by Battenfeld Gloucester Europe GmbH of Vienna, Austria, the almost 10-foot-wide line can produce six nearly 20-inch-wide rolls simultaneously. It is capable of operating at speeds of up to 1,969 feet per minute, according to Battenfeld Gloucester's product manager, David Finnemore.
Hekro PET, based in Khmelnitsky, claims to be Eastern Europe's biggest producer of PET preforms and stretch film for the region's beverage sector. Customers include local beer and soft drink manufactures such as Orlan, San Interbru Ukraine, Morshinska and Slavutich.
Prior to the new installation, Hekro PET was already manufacturing five-layer polyethylene stretch film using coextrusion equipment. Hekro molds PET preforms with an unspecified number of Husky injection molding machines.