Pregis LLC invests US$1 million in blown film testing lab
By Canadian Packaging staffGeneral Film Plastic blown film manufacturing facility polyethylene film Pregis Films Pregis LLC
Investment will allow Pregis to better assist converters in delivering performance-oriented materials.
DEERFIELD, Illinois—Pregis LLC has invested US$1 million in a new 1,000-square-foot testing lab for its Grand Rapids, Michigan blown film manufacturing facility. Lab personnel will be focused on customer needs driven research and development, as well as quality testing.
Operating under the company’s Pregis Films business unit, the Grand Rapids facility 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. Having an onsite facility will better equip us to provide faster solutions and also allow us to accelerate our R&D (research and development) work,” says Pregis chief innovation officer Tom Wetsch. “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 (standup 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. That includes roll flatness, wind quality and physical performance properties which enables them to optimize speeds in pouch converting or vertical and horizontal filling lines,” Wetsch says. “Our new lab capability will help them meet many of those objectives.”
Pregis LLC is a leading provider of innovative protective packaging materials, equipment systems and surface protection. The company provides solutions for a wide variety of consumer and industrial market segments including food, beverage, healthcare, medical devices, agricultural, e-commerce, retail, automotive, furniture, electronics, construction, and military/aerospace. For more information, go to www.pregis.com.