Polyethylene film and sheet extruder Commex Corp. of Hayward, Calif., is installing more equipment from Windmöller & Hölscher KG of Lengerich, Germany, and adding space.
Commex is installing a W&H three-layer Varex II blown film extrusion line with a width of 86.6 inches, output in the range of 1,700-2,000 pounds per hour and an operational startup planned in October, Edward Yau said. He founded the business in 1987 and continues as owner and president.
Commex began working with Hayward authorities in September 2015.
Machine “installation is one thing,” Yau said in a telephone interview. “Working with the city involved issues.” Those included meeting seismic and other code requirements, particularly for the tower base.
“We had to go four-to-six feet underground, create a spider-like web and pour 66 loads of concrete” to detach the tower from the building, Yau said. “In any seismic incident, the tower will not move.”
The new machine “will give Commex a position on the West Coast of being the premium quality film producer,” said Roger Hewson, western U.S. territory sales manager for W&H's North American sales and equipment and parts distribution unit, Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corp. in Lincoln, R.I.
Yau bought a Gloucester line with a 3½-inch monolayer die for inline printing and bag making capabilities, initially for production of PE film for the competitive grocery sack market.