Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corp. sold a three-layer blown film line on the second day of NPE2009. The Varex line is a high-output version with a 134-inch layflat, officials said at W&H's booth.
The identity of the buyer was not immediately available.
W&H of Lincoln, R.I., said it has had a flurry of sales recently of its expensive blown film lines. Next Generation Films Inc. of Lexington, Ohio, recently bought its fourth three-layer Varex film co-extrusion line, W&H announced at NPE. The Varex line has an 87-inch working width and Filmatic T dual turret. It will be in full production in the fall, according to W&H Vice President Andrew Wheeler.
Dave Frecka founded Next Generation in 1994 and helped grow the business to be the largest film extruder in Ohio, with sales doubling in the past four years. W&H supplied its first Varex line in 2001 when Next Generation diversified to enter production of high-end converting films. Much of the converting film's growth is occurring as Next Generation's three-layer films capture produce bag sales traditionally held by seven-layer films, Wheeler said at the Chicago show, held June 22-26.
Next Generation's three-layer barrier films incorporate nano materials as alternatives to nylon barrier layers. Meanwhile, Next Generation continues its original bag business.
According to Frecka, W&H has helped his firm reach annual sales of $100 million. Another W&H line, scheduled to be bought later in the year, will help Next Generation reach its $200 million goal in the next five years, he said.
Next Generation now runs 22 extrusion lines. Officials said the company is a net zero scrap producer, with a 100,000-square-foot, wind-powered recycling center where scrap is repelletized and used in house.
Iso Poly Films of Gray Court, S.C., is another recent W&H blown film line purchaser. A newly installed, five-layer Varex line has a 63-inch working width, and a patented Multicool D stacked double air ring with Optifil P3 gauge control system. Another line is a three-layer, 110-inch Varex with an Optifil P2 die and Filmatic T dual-turret winder that is expected to be running in late summer.
ISO Poly's markets include laminating, printing, coating and converting. The company expects the new machinery to help it expand into such markets as food, medical and pet food.
W&H had a working display of its Topas form-fill-seal machine at NPE. Such machines are used widely to package bulk quantities of resins and industrial chemicals, but the version on the floor is geared toward smaller packages for consumer products such as pet food.
The customized version features a handle die-cutter, edge sealing and mitered corner sealing, and can be adjusted easily to any size or product, according to the company. Filling weights range from 10-110 pounds. Its compact design allows it to be mounted on rails, wheels or an air cushion system.