Gloucester Engineering Co. Inc. announces that Sigma Plastics Group of Lyndhurst, NJ has purchased a new GEC 9-up cast film line to be installed at its Shelbyville, KY location. The new line will allow Sigma to produce up to 9 rolls of stretch film at a time – with each roll being as much as 20” wide.
The new cast film line is a turnkey production cell and
includes an Extrol control system with automatic profile control software,
Contracool extruders with complete auxiliaries (central vacuum material loading
systems, blenders, screws, screen changers, etc.), dies, casting unit, an IR
thickness gauge, edge trim station, and winder. As is typical with all major
purchases of GEC equipment, the company will provide Sigma with system
engineering, installation supervision, start up and training. The new line is
scheduled for delivery to Sigma in June 2013.
“Gloucester Engineering has been working with Sigma
Stretch Film since 1993 when they were a new player entering the stretch film
market,” says Carl Johnson, president of GEC.
Sigma, ranked number two in the latest ranking of North
American Film and Sheet Manufacturers by Plastics
News, has annual sales of $2.4 billion. The company produces a wide variety
of extruded polyethylene film and bag products from 38 plants throughout North
America. It has over 450 extruders, most of them GEC machines, running over 1.7
billion lbs. of material a year, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“We have grown our business and entered new markets using
GEC technology over the years,” says Alfred Teo, CEO of Sigma Plastics. “We
trust them to provide us with market insight as well as the greatest overall
value both now and in the future.”
This latest Sigma purchase is due to the company’s need to
increase capacity, says Per Nylen, executive VP, Sigma Stretch Film. “We are
busy expanding, and the new cast film line is required to support our growth. We
know the GEC machine is a durable workhorse and that it will push as many
pounds an hour 20 years from now as it did the day it was commissioned,” he
Gloucester Engineering Company
Sigma Plastics Group