Pregis Invests in Blown Film Testing Lab

DEERFIED, IL | Pregis, a provider of innovative protective packaging materials, equipment systems and surface protection, has invested $1 million in a new 1,000-sq-ft testing lab for its Grand Rapids, MI, blown film manufacturing facility. Lab personnel will be focused on customer needs driven research and development, as well as quality testing. 

The Pregis Grand Rapids, MI, testing lab

Operating under the company’s Pregis Films business unit, the Grand Rapids facility reportedly provides high-quality custom film rollstock to converters for packaging applications that protect a wide variety of products.

“We made the investment in the new lab to create systems and processes which will enable us to exceed our customer’s expectations,” says Tom Wetsch, chief innovation officer, Pregis. “Having an on-site facility will better equip us to provide faster solutions and also allow us to accelerate our R&D work. With customers increasingly looking at customized structures and accelerating the pace of their development, we wanted to make sure we had the right resources in place to support them.”

The facility produces polyethylene film that is converted into a variety of flexible packaging structures for applications such as food (stand-up pouches, form/fill/seal), medical (breathable bags and pouches), industrial (automotive, hardware, etc.), as well as surface protection. The lab will include analytical testing equipment and physical testing (peel, tensile, impact resistance, tear, hot tack, and coefficient of friction) to support all of those applications.

“Customers are continuing to place more stringent quality demands on suppliers,” Wetsch says. “That includes roll flatness, wind quality, and physical performance properties that enable them to optimize speeds in pouch converting or vertical and horizontal filling lines. Our new lab capability will help them meet many of those objectives.”

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