Bulgarian Plastchim-T keeps on pioneering Europe’s BO film industry
06 Feb 2020
Worldwide first BOPP/BOPE hybrid stretching line ordered
Plastchim-T, one of Europe’s top manufacturers of high quality films and flexible packaging, and Brückner Maschinenbau have been cooperating for one and a half year on a means to make films with the highest possible recycling capabilities. The focus was on BOPE film, which will be able to substitute multi-layer films made from different materials. The common goal: New, single-origin packaging solutions with a good sortibility in waste separation and an optimal recyclability.
The results of their numerous joint trials at Brückner’s technology center in Germany and Plastchim’s site in Bulgaria were promising and Plastchim-T now consequently took the next step: They ordered a 6.6m wide, ultra-flexible BOPP/BOPE hybrid line for an extended range of films. As the demand for innovative BOPE films is only now starting to develop, Plastchim-T will be able to react swiftly and flexibly to market trends by also producing BOPP specialties such as UHB films and coated films alongside conventional packaging film. Full output for both film types is guaranteed, a material change can be handled within a few hours.
The 5-layer machine is additionally equipped with the new Brücknrer inline coater, making the production of extremely thin functional layers within the nano-range possible. Thus, the layers don’t disrupt the sorting and recycling, but cater, for example, for an improved adherence during metallising and excellent barriers in combination with the equally thin but effective aluminium oxide coating.
Plastchim-T’s Owner Aydan Faik says: „For us this is a major step into the future. We are convinced that the BOPE films produced on our new line will perfectly match the requirements of the circular economy. And we are also a little proud that we are among the first film producers to make this move.“
Plastchim-T’s development is an unparalleled success story within the BO film industry. Their portfolio of Brückner lines includes various machine sizes. At the end of 2018, the company broke several records with their latest 10.4m wide Brückner film stretching line for the manufacture of high-quality BOPP packaging films. Regarding energy consumption and productivity Plastchim-T set new benchmarks in the world of oriented film production.