Nova Chemicals Corporation (Calgary, AB, Canada) announced its new state-of-the-art Brampton Engineering nine-layer blown film co-extrusion line is now up and running at the Center for Performance Applications in Calgary. This investment is the foundation of a broader set of purchases and upgrades at the company’s Calgary research and development facilities. Combined, these investments greatly improve Nova Chemicals’ ability to work collaboratively with customers to bring well-designed, better-performing products to market more quickly.
The semi-commercial scale line allows for in-house production of complex multi-layer films to optimize coextruded film structures and determine which polyethylene (PE) and other materials perform best. Along with the Center’s team of experts, these capabilities enable customers’ success through collaborative idea generation and faster speed to market for new products and applications. In addition, they diminish customers’ production line interruptions through off-line application development.
“Nova Chemicals is the first PE resin producer in North America to have a nine-layer line,” said Technical Services Manager Sarah Marshall, Nova Chemicals Technology. “This investment provides a tremendous opportunity to collaborate with our customers and quickly generate new ideas and applications utilizing our resins to help them succeed. It helps deliver on our commitment to expand our innovation capabilities and provide greater value to our customers.”
The line is capable of running many different complex film structures per day with precise layer distribution and converter-quality film rolls. Films produced on the line will support Nova Chemicals’ expanded applications development work for the food packaging, heavy duty sack and other flexible packaging markets.