Leading food packaging manufacturer Coveris confirms that it has invested in two Hosokawa Alpine coextrusion lines.

This will support Coveris’ expanding offer to the UK food and consumer sector. Coveris has reached an agreement with KPMG, the appointed administrators of Gelpack Excelsior Limited, to purchase the equipment located at Gelpack’s site in Madley, Herefordshire, including its two five-layer Hosokawa Alpine coextrusion lines with additional manufacturing assets.  

Coveris has commenced detailed planning to integrate the new coextrusion lines into its existing operations. The company has built up extensive research and development technology in extrusion and coextrusion manufacturing, with a centre of excellence in Winsford, Cheshire and further capabilities in Louth, Lincolnshire.

The Winsford site is already the largest extrusion facility in the UK and this investment will further strengthen Coveris’ position as the leading provider of high quality functional and barrier films. Coveris UK Food & Consumer President, Gary Rehwinkel, explained: “Coveris has seen significant growth in the demand for multi-layer coextruded PE films and it has been part of our strategic plan to meet growing demand and support future growth through investment. The introduction of this machinery provides Coveris with additional 5K tonnes of five-layer coextrusion capacity, enabling us to better serve our customers”. 

Earlier this year Coveris announced a £3m investment plan for its cartonboard division. The division, with three sites located in Cambridgeshire, manufactures cartonboard and hybrid packaging formats for the food industry. The investment plan included the purchase of a Komori GLX 640C lithographic press and site refurbishment. 

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