Poligal Adds BOBST Metallizer, Joins AlOx Conversion Project

LANCASHIRE, UK | Poligal, a European BOPP producer, has chosen BOBST as the partner for its new metallizer, which will be installed at its site in Portugal. The new machine will help the company to achieve improved efficiency in the recent extension to its Portuguese operations where BOPP and CPP films are produced.

HIGH DEMAND FOR AlOx COATED FILM

The BOBST K5000 2850 with AlOx capability will be the first to be supplied in Europe for the BOPP market due to the increasing demand for high barrier transparent film to satisfy consumers’ requirements for product visibility along with a longer shelf life. Poligal reportedly has chosen the K5000 because of its innovative process approach, which enables switching rapidly from standard aluminium to AlOx metallizing at the touch of a button.

POLIGAL EXPANSION

POLIGAL has a capacity of 50,000 tonnes/yr of BOPP and 12.000 tonnes/yr of CPP. With more than 20 years’ experience and production plants In Spain and Portugal, the company provides flexible film solutions for consumer products and industrial applications. Capacity will increase this year to 100.000 tonnes/yr with a new production plant in Skarbimierz (Poland).

The BOBST machine will help POLIGAL to achieve its ambitious expansion plans for the group, which also involves a new green field investment and a new BOPP film line in Poland. With this new equipment, POLIGAL increases film metallization capacity above 10.000 tonnes/yr.

Commenting on the investment José Luis Doldan, COO, said, “When we decided to purchase our first metallizer for the Portugal plant, we wanted a machine with AlOx production capabilities, which was already a proven solution in the market. The BOBST machine has a great reputation as a leader in the AlOx market and with the ability to perform a quick changeover from aluminium to AlOx (and vice versa), this machine is ideal for our requirements.”

POLIGAL JOINS BOBST AlOx CONVERSION PROJECT

In addition to purchasing a new K5000 Metallizer, POLIGAL has also joined the BOBST integrated AlOx Conversion Project as part of a broad team of players in the industry. The objective of the project for BOBST is to develop a full turnkey solution for the conversion of AlOx transparent barrier films. The project has brought together world names in both raw material solutions (coatings, inks, and adhesives), film producers, converters, and machinery platform providers (slitters, metallizers, coating machines, printing machines, and laminators).

The arrival of POLIGAL to the Conversion Project with its innovative approach and unique formulations in the market reportedly will allow BOBST to make steady progress in the pursuit of a robust AlOx-based solution utilizing a polyolefin-based transparent substrate.

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