North American Installations on Schedule Despite COVID
Despite travel restrictions, seven months into the COVID-19 pandemic, North American installations are running on schedule and to plan. Below are the latest reports from U.S. based Indevco Plastics and ISOFlex Packaging as well as Canada's Nelmar Security Packaging Systems.
Indevco Plastics, Longview, TX
This spring, installation of a 3-layer OPTIMEX II blown film line with Filmatic O winder started at Indevco Plastics in Longview, TX. The machinery is being used to produce FFS films.
“W&H and the installation contractor all did a great job to deliver and install the machinery and eliminate as many delays as possible due to the COVID-19 issues. Communication was excellent throughout the entire installation with both contractors and the W&H team. The line had one of the best start-ups with the least amount of technical issues of any line installed in Longview. W&H’s commitment to us as a customer is one of the best and our relationship and response is exceptional.”
— Wayne Mashe, General Manager and Rick Gibson, Plant Engineer
Nelmar Security packaging Systems, Terrebonne, Quebec
Nelmar opened their roof in July to make way for the haul off of their new 71” 3-layer VAREX II blown film extrusion line with FILMATIC II S winder and Arctis XP air ring.
The company expects production to begin this September.
This VAREX II is Nelmar’s 11th machine from the W&H Group, including extrusion lines, printing presses and converting machines.
ISOFlex Packaging, Nashville, TN
Ever wonder what happened to the VAREX II line that was running amazing, commanding demos at the K-Show last October in Düsseldorf?
After the show and a few tweaks, it made its way to its new home at ISOFlex Packaging, a member of the Sigma Plastics Group of Companies, in Nashville, TN.
The 87” 5-layer VAREX II will be used to produce consumer flexible packaging. Installation began in spring and the line has been running since June. “The installation was problem free and the line started up on its first day in production,” said David McKinney, COO.
This VAREX II is the 6th extrusion line from W&H at the company’s Nashville location. Two additional blown films lines will be delivered to ISOFlex in 2021.