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Westbridge PET Containers doubles production space

After 20 years in the same location Calgary-based Westbridge PET Containers Ltd., is doubling its production space ...

June 2, 2006   Canadian Plastics

After 20 years in the same location Calgary-based Westbridge PET Containers Ltd., is doubling its production space by moving into a larger 135,000 sq. ft. facility, which was vacated by Amcor PET Packaging in late 2005.
In accordance with its agreement with Amcor, which is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich., Westbridge will acquire the necessary equipment and allot space to expand production of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) preforms and increase capacity for the beverage, food, liquor and household chemical markets in North America.
Amcor’s PET Packaging division accounts for 33 per cent of the firm’s total revenue. It currently operates two manufacturing facilities in Canada: Brampton, Ont. and Mississauga, Ont., and recently announced the construction of a new PET blowmolding plant in Wytheville, Va., to support an adjacent PepsiCo. Facility.
As well as bolstering its PET preform business, Westbridge also plans to boost the capacity of its high-density polyethylene (PET) blow molding business.
In total, Westbridge is adding capacity for about 100 million preforms and about 125 million stretch blow molded bottles, David Birkby, president of Westbridge PET Containers, said.
“All members of the Westbridge family are very excited about the move and our expanded capabilities to serve the PET bottle market. We are fortunate to have quality customers and vendors to support our business and look forward to mutual prosperity,” he noted in a statement.
The firm expects the move to be completed by August 31 and will retain its existing telephone and fax numbers.


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