Constantia Flexibles has invested about €6 million in new technology to manufacture film-based flexible packaging at its site in Weiden, Germany. These investments will meet growing demand for specialty laminates, such as standup pouches with high property barriers in the confectionery, processed food and processed meat industries.
As part of the investments, Constantia Flexibles has installed two blown film extrusion lines. One line at its Competence Center Film develops in-house proprietary film formulations that enable efficient production and speed up the time to market. Additionally, a second line produces pre-material for the Weiden plant and other film production sites in Europe. Constantia Flexibles already has several blown film lines in operation within its global manufacturing network.
In the coming months, Constantia Flexibles will also integrate an AlOx dual metallizer that will manufacture transparent, high-barrier film products. The non-metal material is combined with additional barrier lacquers and films to create a barrier against aroma, moisture and oxygen, while the consumer is able to see the product inside the packaging due to its transparency.
“These investments mean we are now fully integrated into the film value chain at the Hueck Folien plant in Weiden and will strengthen Constantia Flexibles’ credentials as a leading supplier of high-performance films for different food industries,” says Stefan Grote, EVP Food Europe. “At the same time, our Ebert plant in Wiesbaden, Germany, will focus on being a leading manufacturer of film-based Twist applications for the confectionery industry.”