Nordic film supplier Rani Plast is adding large-scale 7-layer blown film capabilities in an effort to better produce both high-barrier agricutlure films and non-barrier conventional PE-based films. The custom built Davis-Standard line - which features a die and tower capable of producing a bubble up to 22 meters unfolded at high output rates with a dual lip, automatic profile control air ring - will be the largest ever that the extrusion equipment manufacturer has produced. It’s slated to be installed in spring 2016.
“This line will be installed at our facility in Terjarv, Finland,” says Mikael Ahlback, managing director of Rani Plast. “It will support the production of high-barrier and non-barrier film structures ranging in thickness from 30 to 200 microns. The die design uses concepts that will allow us to optimize the amount of high cost EVOH resin used in our barrier film formulation.”
In addition to agricultural films, Rani Plast’s operation supports packaging and converter grade films, laminated and printed products for the food industry, hygiene films and industrial goods packaging. The company is a second-generation family business with nine factories in five countries including Finland, Sweden, Russia, Ukraine and Slovakia. Rani Plast exports products to more than 40 countries.