Nova Chemicals commissions new Brampton Engineering nine-layer blown film co-extrusion line
Equipment enhances customer collaboration, product and applications development capabilities, company says.
A new state-of-the-art Brampton Engineering nine-layer blown film co-extrusion line is now fully commissioned and in operation at Nova Chemicals Corporation’s Centre for Performance Applications in Calgary.
In a statement, Calgary-based Nova called the investment “a cornerstone of a broader set of purchases and upgrades” at the company’s Calgary research and development facilities. “Together, these investments greatly enhance [Nova’s] ability to work collaboratively with customers to bring well-designed, better-performing products to market more quickly.”
According to Nova, the semi-commercial scale line permits in-house production of complex multi-layer films to optimize coextruded film structures and determine which polyethylene (PE) and other materials perform best. “Along with the Centre’s experts, these capabilities enable customers’ success through collaborative idea generation and faster speed to market for new products and applications,” the company said. “In addition, they reduce customers’ production line interruptions through off-line application development. This investment provides a tremendous opportunity to collaborate with our customers and quickly generate new ideas and applications utilizing our resins to help them succeed. It helps deliver on our commitment to expand our innovation capabilities and provide greater value to our customers.”
The line is capable of running several different complex film structures per day with precise layer distribution and converter-quality film rolls. Films produced on the line will support Nova’s expanded applications development work for the food packaging, heavy duty sack and other flexible packaging markets, the company said.
Brampton Engineering is a blown film technology supplier headquartered in Brampton, Ont.