Sigma Plastics Group Places Large Blown Film Line Order with Windmöller & Hölscher; Enters FFS Films Market
“We value the first-class film quality and reliable machinery, as well as excellent and dependable after-sales service and spare parts,” said Sigma CEO Alfred Teo, based on experience. More than 40 W&H machines are in production at the SIGMA Group. The American company ordered additional blown film lines for Republic Bags of Houston and McNeeley Plastics of Clinton and completed the installation of another line at ISOFlex Packaging.
“Sigma Plastics Group and W&H have been business partners for roughly 15 years,” said Alfred Teo, CEO of Sigma Plastics Group.
Six OPTIMEX FFS lines will be up and running at Republic Bags by the end of summer 2018. This significant investment marks Sigma Plastic Group’s first foray into the FFS sack film market. The lines will help keep up with the growing resin export demands brought on by new crackers being built in the area. The OPTIMEX FFS lines produce multicolor printed, gusseted PE film ready for FFS (Form-Fill-Seal) packing. Sigma estimates approximately 45 million pounds of annual capacity from these lines.
Meanwhile, McNeeley Plastics has ordered two additional VAREX II blown film extrusion lines, for a total of six in that plant. The 63” 3-layer line has a dual FILMATIC S winder with reverse wind capability. The second line has five layers and is equipped with the TURBOCLEAN resin purging and quick-changeover system along with a FILMATIC S winder with reverse-wind capability. This investment will support McNeely’s expanding business in converter-grade films.
Last week, a 5-layer VAREX II line started at Sigma’s ISOFlex plant in Washington, IN. President David McKinney, CO-COO of ISOFlex, said the installation went extremely well and the line was producing high-quality product within only a few hours of powering the line. This is ISOFlex’s third VAREX in that facility.
The Sigma Plastics Group
The Sigma Plastics Group was founded in 1978 by Alfred Teo and is the largest privately owned film extrusion group in North America. Based in Pompano Beach, Florida, the company has 42 manufacturing facilities producing an annual throughput of over 2 billion pounds of resin and employs over 4,700 people. Sigma manufactures a variety of flexible packaging products servicing the industrial, agricultural, food, medical, retail, and converter film markets.