Hosokawa Alpine American has landed a multimillion-dollar contract to supply blown film equipment and its machine-direction-orientation system to an Ohio processor.
Alpine will ship three blown film lines and the MDO system to Polymer Packaging Inc. in late summer, said Alpine President David Nunes. The project represents Polymer Packaging's entry into blown film production, first reported in April when details on equipment suppliers were not available.
Nunes said two lines shipped to Polymer Packaging will be three-layer systems capable of making film 120 inches wide. The third will be a seven-layer line with a 60-inch width.
Alpine also is expanding research and development operations at its Natick, Mass., headquarters plant, by installing a multilayer blown film line in October. Nunes said the seven-layer line has flexibility to make three-layer film and a range of barrier constructions. The 63-inch-wide line includes a reverse winder and Alpine's X-series die, which it claims eliminates port lines, minimizes polymer residence time and is self-cleaning.
Polymer Packaging converts film in North Canton, Ohio, but will move to Massillon, Ohio, when it adds extrusion this year. It makes pre-zippered film for bags and stand-up pouches.
Nunes said the MDO sale to Polymer Packaging is one of the first such systems his firm has sold in North America, but customer confidentiality prevented him from revealing other buyers or operators.
MDO proponents have shown that stretching blown film in the machine direction increases strength and barrier properties.