Atlas Converting Equipment Ltd. have been chosen again as the preferred supplier of a 6.3m wide Atlas CW964 primary film slitter, which will be dedicated to the production of a new 6.2m wide CPP (cast polypropylene) film line at OPP Film S.A. in Lima, Peru. The new CPP film line will be commissioned early in 2012 and will be one of the two widest CPP lines in operation worldwide and the first in the Americas, at this width.
OPP Film S.A. of Peru is part of Oben Holding Group and is a rapidly expanding company which first commenced operations in BOPP film production in 1991 with the foundation of BOPP Ecuador S.A. This company exported film to neighbouring countries of Colombia & Peru and then commenced production of BOPP film in Peru in 2003 with the establishment of OPP Film S.A. in Lima. Since then, continuing rapid expansion of business has led the Group to invest in additional BOPP & CPP film lines, an extrusion coating line and vacuum metallizing plant.
This latest order will eventually bring the total number of Atlas & Titan slitter rewinders installed for the Oben Group to 12 machines. Two 8.9m wide primary slitters for 2 new BOPP film lines were ordered last year and are currently being installed. One 6.8m wide primary film slitter was also commissioned in 2002.
Atlas has also supplied two CW800 and one CW810 film slitters up to 5m wide, with five 1650mm wide compact Titan ER610 slitters for converting narrower width films for flexible packaging applications. One of the Titan ER610 slitters is installed at the company's BOPP film production facility near Buenos Aires in Argentina, which commenced operations during 2008.
"We have been very pleased with the performance of all the Atlas & Titan film slitters we have installed over the last 9 years which gave us every confidence in placing the order with Atlas for the new slitter for the 6.2m wide CPP line," explained Mr. Jamil Zaidan Saba, President of OPP Film S.A. / Oben Holding Group.
"Without doubt, Atlas provides the most advanced slitting technologies for polypropylene film and we look forward to the new CPP film line starting up next year. We are also very pleased with the service & customer support we have received from Atlas in South America in recent years, for all their equipment we have installed," he confirmed.
Addition of the operations in Argentina increased the Group's production capacity to approximately 100,000 metric tonnes of BOPP film per annum. However, with the 2 new BOPP film lines currently being commissioned in Lima, Peru and the new CPP line due for start-up early next year, the Oben Group will become the largest producer of polypropylene film in South America which reflects the dramatic growth in demand for flexible packaging film in this region.
The Group now has production facilities in Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Argentina and distribution centres in Chile, Venezuela, Brazil, Central America and the United States which supply film to all countries in the Americas as well as exporting to many customers in Europe and Africa.
About Atlas Converting Equipment Ltd.
Atlas Converting Equipment Ltd. was established in 1976 and specializes in the design and manufacture of primary and secondary slitter rewinders for a wide range of flexible materials including plain and metallized plastic film, labelstock, paper & board.
Atlas employs approx. 200 personnel at the purpose-built production site in Kempston, near Bedford (UK) and continues to enjoy worldwide recognition as one of the leading suppliers of primary & secondary slitter rewinder technology for a wide range of flexible materials, mainly destined for use in the global packaging industry.
Source: Atlas Converting Equipment Ltd.