Constantia Flexibles Invests in German Plant

VIENNA, AUSTRIA | Constantia Flexibles has invested approximately €6 million in new technology to manufacture film-based flexible packaging at its site in Weiden, Germany. Company says these investments will meet growing demand for specialty laminates such as stand-up pouches, with high property barriers, in the confectionery, processed food (coffee, dry food, and snacks) and processed meat industries.

As part of the investments, Constantia has installed two blown film (polyethylene) extrusion lines. One line at the Competence Center Film develops in-house proprietary film formulations that enable efficient production and speed up the time-to-market. In addition, a second line produces pre-material for the Weiden plant and other film production sites in Europe.

In the coming months, the company also will integrate an AlOx dual metallizer that will manufacture transparent, high-barrier film products that are said to be catering to the latest consumer trends. The non-metal material is combined with additional barrier lacquers and films to create a barrier against aroma, moisture, and oxygen, while the consumer is able to see the product inside the packaging due to its transparency.

“These investments mean we are now fully integrated into the film value chain at the Hueck Folien plant in Weiden and will strengthen Constantia Flexibles’ credentials as a leading supplier of high-performance films for different food industries,” says Stefan Grote, EVP Food Europe. “At the same time, our Ebert plant in Wiesbaden, Germany, will focus on being a leading manufacturer of film-based Twist applications for the confectionery industry.”

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