Following almost a year of development and over £6M of machine and infrastructure investments, Coveris is finally set to complete its stretch films transformation project at its Winsford site, positioning the UK facility as a centre of excellence for industrial, agri and recycled stretch products.
As the UK’s largest extruder of blown polyethylene films, the total investment boosts existing site capacity by over 25% to meet growing market requirements for recyclable, recycled performance films. Supported by the construction of a fourth new 825SQM film hall, the installation of four new co-extrusion lines, acquired from the former Total Polyfilms business, will position Coveris as a world leader in stretch films, alongside its Kufstein facility in Austria.
With the Winsford facility having developed many leading brands and best in class solutions to date, including the latest 11-micron stretch film, thinnest 5-micron pre-stretch and hybrid cast replacement BLAST™ film, the business’ technical development capability is to be even further enhanced with the installation of next generation assets and capabilities.
Whilst this final phase completes the current transformation project, it also anticipates and supports further growth with built-in capacity for future investment and the business is already preparing for its next innovative venture with the construction of its state-of-the-art Film Science Lab. Opening in Q3 2021, the new R&D facility, supported the site’s own net zero waste programme, promises to accelerate the development and scalable production of pioneering downgauged, recyclable, recycled performance films to meet new legislative requirements for global end markets.
Darren Dean, Managing Director of the Winsford site commented “Coveris have been at the forefront of innovative material development for over 25 years and to grow that position in an ever-more demanding sustainable environment, we’ve invested heavily in the next generation assets to deliver improved products, efficiencies and innovation to our customers for years to come. What’s more, this futureproof state will ensure that by the end of this year, our Winsford facility will become fully waste neutral, meaning all film produced at our site leaves the site as a sustainable, finished product, supporting our vision of NO WASTE across our operations, our packaging and the products we protect.”
Take a virtual tour of the new facility here.