The Winsford, Cheshire-based flexible packaging business will install the Hosakawa-Alpine line next February. The line will be the fourth new Alpine line to be installed at the site since 2006.
It will offer film widths of up to 2,000mm from nine individual extruders and will produce film that is suitable for applications such as lidding films, retortable barrier films and cheese packaging.
In comparison to the typical seven-layer structure for EVOH or nylon barrier films, the nine-layer structure will allow Britton to add outer layers of PET, nylon or PP directly to the film rather than having to buy them separately and laminate them to the barrier films.
The company believes that cutting out the laminating stage will give a cost advantage as well as removing potential problems with solvents.
Britton Group commercial director Paul Toby said the project “demonstrates the Britton Group’s on-going commitment to significant investment in high-end film technology”.
News of the investment comes at the end of a year of change for Britton; the group was bought by private equity house Sun European Partners in April, and since then has been put at the heart of a pan-European flexible business that will, as PN revealed exclusively last week, be led by former Smurfit Kappa Deutschland chief executive Edwin Goffard.
“With the recent installation of a new 6,000 tonne, state-of-the-art three-layer co-extrusion line at Britton Merlin this year, our growth strategy remains robust and the future of the Britton Group under the new ownership of Sun Capital Partners offers exciting potential.”
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