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Pregis invests $1 million in blown film testing lab

Located at Pregis’ blown film manufacturing facility in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the lab will allow Pregis to better assist converters in delivering performance-oriented materials.


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January 26, 2018 by Canadian Plastics

Packaging material supplier Pregis LLC has invested US$1 million in a new 1,000-square-foot testing lab for its Grand Rapids, Michigan blown film manufacturing facility.

Operating under the company’s Pregis Films business unit, the Grand Rapids facility provides high-quality custom film rollstock to converters for packaging applications that protect a wide variety of products. Personnel in the testing lab will be focused on customer needs driven research and development, Pregis said in a statement, as well as quality testing.

“We made the investment in the new lab to create systems and processes which will enable us to exceed our customer’s expectations. Having an onsite facility will better equip us to provide faster solutions and also allow us to accelerate our R&D (research and development) work,” Pregis chief innovation officer Tom Wetsch said in the statement. “With customers increasingly looking at customized structures and accelerating the pace of their development, we wanted to make sure we had the right resources in place to support them.”

The facility produces polyethylene film for conversion into a variety of flexible packaging structures for applications such as food (standup pouches, form-fill-seal), medical (breathable bags and pouches), industrial (automotive, hardware), as well as surface protection. The lab will include analytical testing equipment and physical testing (peel, tensile, impact resistance, tear, hot tack and coefficient of friction) to support all of those applications.

“Customers are continuing to place more stringent quality demands on suppliers. That includes roll flatness, wind quality and physical performance properties which enables them to optimize speeds in pouch converting or vertical and horizontal filling lines,” Wetsch said. “Our new lab capability will help them meet many of those objectives.”

Pregis is headquartered in Deerfield, Illinois.