GLOUCESTER, MASS. (April 24, 1:55 p.m. ET) — Malaysian film producer Scientex Bhd is expanding its cast polyethylene stretch film capacity by purchasing two large extrusion lines.
Gloucester Engineering Co. is supplying the lines, each of which will be capable of making 33 million pounds per year of cast stretch film. Each line comprises four extruders and seven layers and can make finished film 12 meters wide. Gloucester claims the lines will be the firm's highest output stretch film production units it has ever sold in the Asia-Pacific region. They are due to start up in 12 to 13 months.
The new lines will be able to boost Scientex's stretch film production to more than 330 million pounds per year. Scientex will install the lines in Shah Alam, Malaysia. The firm now has seven cast stretch film lines, five of them from Gloucester, capable of making 264 million pounds per year, estimated Gloucester Engineering President Carl Johnson in a telephone interview from his Gloucester, Mass., office.
The new lines will include the latest update to the 1002DS winder for thin film production. The technology allows production of 8 micron thick film without the need for special materials, Gloucester claims.
Scientex managing director P.J. Lim said in an April 18 news release that his company wants to be “the world leader in stretch film production.”
Scientex is publicly traded on the Malaysian Stock Exchange. It has been making cast stretch film since 1996.