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Gloucester and Dolci announce winding technology distribution agreement

Gloucester Engineering Co. Inc. (GEC; Gloucester, MA) and Italy's Dolci Extrusion S.r.l. (Biassono) have completed a deal to share winding technology and offer customers the choice of either GEC or Dolci winders for their specific cast stretch-film applications.

PlasticsToday Staff

September 5, 2012

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Gloucester and Dolci announce winding technology distribution agreement

Gloucester Engineering Co. Inc. (GEC; Gloucester, MA) and Italy's Dolci Extrusion S.r.l. (Biassono) have completed a deal to share winding technology and offer customers the choice of either GEC or Dolci winders for their specific cast stretch-film applications.

GEC CEO Mark Steele said in a release that the respective product lines are complementary in application, costs, and functionality. "Both companies see applications and opportunities where they will be able to better serve their customers by giving them an alternative winder choice," Riccardo Castello, Dolci's president stated in the same release. The agreement is effective immediately, and the release stated that more details on the deal will be forthcoming.

In response to questions from PlasticsToday, GEC President Carl Johnson said the cooperation is focused around stretch-film applications, reiterating that more details will be released at a later date..

Dolci, which has been in business for 50 years, claims on its website to have more than 2500 lines installed worldwide, with cast polypropylene (CPP) film lines and stretch-film lines capable of producing web up to 3000 mm wide. In the latest technology report on its site, Dolci noted that it was launching CPP line for 7-layer barrier films, with a capacity of 1 ton/hr. The company said the "heart" of the line is a new glueless automatic turret winder with independent arms and multidirectional winding. According to its website, Dolci is represented in the U.S. and Canada by Nick Dimopoulous, based in Atlanta. For its CPP lines, Dolci offers automatic contact and gap winders, with options for automatic shaft handling and re-coring, as well as inline slitting.

Gloucester Engineering has been in business since 1961, with CPP and stretch-film lines from 1000 to 6000 mm, and in 3-, 5-, 7-, and 9-layer setups. Its Series 1000 winders have:

  • Single- or dual-turret designs

  • Shafted or shaftless winding

  • Forward and reverse winding and cutover

  • Load cell tension monitoring and control

  • Closed loop layon roll control and optional gap winding mode

  • AC Flux Vector drives with closed loop control dependent upon the application

  • Speed matched automatic adhesiveless transfer

  • Center, surface or center/surface winding

  • Wound roll diameters to 60 inches (1520 mm)

In June, GEC marked its 50th anniversary by announcing additional financing. The company exited Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Jan. 5, when private equity fund Blue Wolf Capital Partners LLC became its majority equity shareholder.

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