The India-based UFLEX Group – the world’s largest manufacturer of polyester films for packaging applications and one of the world’s leading players in the flexible packaging business - has started up its new Biaxially Oriented Polyester (BOPET) Film plant in Poland. The state-of-the-art 8.7 meter wide film line that runs at 500 meters/minute is one of the largest film lines in the world and can turn out 36,000 MT /year of film. It is supplemented by a plasma enhanced high-barrier metalliser that can convert 6,000 MT of film per year.

The project, which operates under the aegis of Flex Films Europa Sp Z.o.o., is located at Wrzesnia near Poznan in Poland and is the UFLEX Group’s fourth overseas manufacturing facility. It forms an integral part of Flex Films’ master-plan to set up strategically located manufacturing lines as close as possible to major film markets to despatch just-in-time supplies of freshly manufactured films to customers anywhere in the world within 7 days of receipt of their orders. The Group now has large state-of-the-art film plants operating in India, Dubai, Mexico, Egypt and Poland. Another facility is under construction in Kentucky in the USA and this will be operational by the end of 2012. Flex Films is the only global Packaging Film manufacturer to have film lines operating in all the four major continents of Asia, North America, Europe and Africa that together account for over 90% of the world’s Packaging requirements.

According to Pradeep Tyle, CEO of Global Films Business of UFLEX,”We want to get ever closer to our valued film customers by locating plants next door to them. Just-in-time deliveries not only enable our customers to totally do away with film inventories and warehousing, the freshly manufactured films also bring with them better functional properties that are better suited for conversion. We tell our customers to keep their money in the bank and not in warehouses. We intend to operate out of at least 12 countries by 2020.”