Sigma Stretch Film will boost its West Coast stretch film capacity with the installation of a sixth cast film line.
Sigma Stretch needs the extra capacity at Riverside, Calif., because of growing demand in the region and the economic penalty of shipping film from the firm's film plants east of the operation, explained Sigma Stretch director of marketing Brian Fraser in a phone interview.
“We are totally out of capacity in California,” Fraser said. Growth has been broad-based in the pallet stretch film market.
Sigma Stretch will install a nine-layer line sourced from SML of Lenzing, Austria. It will feed nine 20-inch wide rolls of film at a time at its nameplate capacity of 55 million pounds of linear low density polyethylene year, estimated Joe Graves, Sigma Stretch's vice president of manufacturing and technology.
The new line in California is scheduled to be delivered in the first half of 2016. Sigma Stretch also began leasing a 112,000-square-foot warehouse to accommodate growth. The Riverside expansion follows the installation of a new cast line at Sigma Stretch's Shelbyville, Ky., operation about a year ago.
Sigma Stretch Film, which claims to be the biggest stretch film manufacturer in North America, is a division of Sigma Plastics Group of Lyndhurst, N.J.