Indevco Flexible Packaging Adds Third VAREX
With just a little more than a year under their belts producing FFS (form-fill-seal) and stretch hood films in the U.S., Indevco Flexible Packaging, a member of the Lebanese Indevco Group, is in full-on growth mode. The company will add a third 3-layer VAREX to their line up of W&H extrusion and converting machinery in order to support growth in the polyethylene resin industry.
Booming petrochemical market as a basis for growth
Establishing a U.S. based operation in 2015 came at a good time. The petrochemical market was booming and the company found the perfect brownfield site in Longview, Texas with plenty of space for growth, and the Gulf of Mexico nearby. Fortuitously, the existing 125,000ft2 building had formerly been home to an extrusion and converting facility, making renovations straight forward. “The site was the perfect fit for ourexpanding to the U.S.,” said Robert Laird, Executive Vice President of Operations. Upon completion, Indevco started providing their existing stretch hood film customers in the U.S. with films produced on a VAREX line in Longview rather than importing them from Lebanon. At the same time, the team built their customer base for FFS roll stock. The two OPTIMEX FFS extrusion lines were installed shortly thereafter.
Two processes for FFS sacks
Today, Indevco produces FFS sacks using two processes. The first is with the OPTIMEX FFS line, which extrudes, prints, post-gussets and embosses FFS roll stock inline. The second uses sheeting from the VAREX line, which is then run through a 6-color printing press followed by the high-speed POLYTEX tuber, post-gusseter and rewind. In addition to the incoming VAREX, Indevco is building a technical lab and will collaborate closely on film development with experts at the company. The total investment in the U.S. operations is estimated to reach $20m by the end of 2017, with plans for future growth beginning in early 2018.