Next Generation Films, based in Lexington, Ohio, has ordered three blown film extrusion lines from Windmoeller & Hoelscher to strengthen capacity for its core business and build up its presence in the barrier film market.
Next entered the barrier film market in mid-2012 and has ordered two Varex II lines, one 87-inch, 7-layer line and one 103-inch, 9-layer line, to cultivate this segment of their business. Dave Frecka, founder and CEO at Next, says,”We want to solidify our position as a key player on the growing barrier market and are investing in the technology we need to do so.”
Varex II was introduced at the K 2013 in Düsseldorf as the successor to the well-known Varex line. W&H engineers spent roughly three years reviewing each component of the existing range, making both small and large changes to improve output, safety and efficiency.
The third line ordered, a 126-inch, 5-layer Varex, will be installed this spring and used to support the company's core business.
As reported earlier, renovation of the new 175,000-square-foot building at Next is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014. Frecka states the company remains on track to reach $350 million in sales by mid-2015.
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