South America will get a big chunk of new biaxially oriented PET film when a new line comes on stream in Lurin, Peru, a suburb of Lima.
Opp Film SA of Lurin has bought a new BOPET line from Brückner Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG for an undiscloased cost. The high-speed, 8.7-meter-wide unit is slated to begin operating in early 2013.
Most output will be sold in South America but exports to North America also are likely, according to Steve Brandt, managing director and president of Packfilm N.A. Inc., a subsidiary of Opp Film, from his office in Seabrook, Texas.
Opp's Lurin complex now makes biaxially oriented polypropylene film and cast PP film, and is a few months away from starting another cast PP film line. The new BOPET line has nameplate capacity of 77 million pounds per year.
Opp is owned by Oben Group of Lurin. Oben also operates BOPP film plants in Quito, Ecuador, and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Brandt said BOPET sales will focus on small to medium processors, primarily in food packaging, where about 70 percent of its current sales are concentrated.
Brandt said it is “extremely important” for small to medium-sized converters to be able to buy BOPP, cast PP and BOPET films from the same supplier, since that generates efficiencies and savings.
Opp Film was founded in 2003. It exports to 23 countries. Packfilm started in September 2011 when it began to sell Opp films into North America.
Brandt said Opp Film also does thermoforming. The firm's BOPP films are available in one to three layers with thickness from 15-50 microns. Cast PP films go from 18-150 microns. Secondary operations include slitting and metalizing capacity of 66 million pounds per year.