Next Generation Films adds Varex blown film lines to accommodate growth

February 20, 2013

Next Generation Films is adding two high-output Varex blown film lines from Windmoeller & Hoelscher to accommodate an increasing demand for 3-layer roll stock. One line is currently being installed, while the other line is scheduled for a May 2013 installation.

The 3-layer Varex now being installed has a 110-inch working width, grooved feed extruders (90.30/120.30/90.30D), Optifil P2 gauge control system, Multicool air ring and a 27.5-inch Maxicone C die.

The line to be installed in May will have an 87-inch working width and be equipped with grooved feed extruders (70.30/105.30/70.30D), an Opticool high-output air ring, a 15.74-inch Maxicone die and the Optifil P3 gauge control system.

Next Generation Films CEO Dave Frecka announced in 2009 his goal of doubling the company's $100 million annual sales by 2014. That goal was met and surpassed by mid-2012, with the company boasting annual sales of $245 million, representing a $90 million increase in the past year alone. In response to the growth, the company is renovating a 175,000 sq-ft building on the Next campus to house additional equipment.

Based in Lexington, OH, Next Generation Films was founded in 1994 and is a supplier of specialty films to a variety of markets, including the food packaging, automobile, courier, manufactured housing and protective packaging segments.

Windmoeller & Hoelscher designs, manufactures and distributes flexographic and gravure printing presses, blown and cast film extrusion systems, multiwall equipment, plastic sack and bag making machines, as well as form-fill-seal machinery for the converting and packaging industry.

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