The India-based Uflex Group, one of the world’s leading producers of Flexible Packaging materials, has made considerable progress on its new greenfield Packaging Films project in the USA since the signing of the MOU in April 2011 with the State of Kentucky, where the facility will be located.

The total project outlay will be approximately US$ 180 million, half of which will be spent on the first phase: Setting up a state-of-the-art Biaxially Oriented Polyester (BOPET) Film line and a plasma enhanced high-barrier metalliser. At 8.7 meters width and running at 500 meters/minute, the line will be one of the world’s largest film plants and will be bigger than any other film line presently operating in the USA. It is due for start-up before the end of 2012.

The project is being set up under the aegis of Flex Films (USA) Inc., a new company set up by Uflex. Land for the project has already been allotted and the company has finalized its choice of engineering consultants.

The ground breaking and commencement of civil construction at the site is slated for October 2011.