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SuperFilm was able to produce up to 94,000 tons of packaging films in a site comprising 85,000m2 of manufacturing space.

“The almost 80 million invested in the past year will enable us to move beyond the traditional OPP applica- tions and into more technical areas,” David Haskins says. “August 2005 witnessed a bustle of activity in our company with the start-up of our BOPET film line with a capacity of up to 18,000 tons. With our third BOPP line we have added 40,000 tons to the original 30,000 and introduced a set of new specifications for not only the packaging but crucially the label market. Our state-of- the-art multilayer barrier and CPP film line adds 6000 tons to the mix and enables us to cater for sophisti- cated needs.”

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“We may be the new kid on the block in European packaging,” he continues, “but we are certainly ready to leave our imprint in the world of European packag- ing films. We are already employing 514 people and have a respectable turnover of 90 million. Once our enhanced capabilities allow us to increase production these figures will grow substantially.”

On the technological front, SuperFilm uses the up-to- date gauge system to determine the thickness control of films. Quality control is carried out in accordance with ISO 9001 standards in their own quality control lab. A process control policy guarantees that samples are taken from each lot produced and tested to insure compliance with standards. Automation is supported

with a barcoding control system to facil- itate accurate shipment and delivery.

Exploiting gaps The applications of the SuperFilm range of films are manifold and include packaging for food items such as biscuits, snack, chocolate bars, chewing gum and cakes, or the wrapping of non-food items such as cigarettes, tissue papers, CDs, and adhesive tapes that are used at home and at work.

David Haskins is excited about the chances offered by in-mould labelling technology and believes that exploiting this niche may give SuperFilm the edge over its competitors.

“With our advanced technology lines,” he explains, “we are able to produce an injection- mould designed range of films – like the white glossy high yield, transparent solid, matt and high-gloss BOPP films in the 50–80 micron range and CPP films in the range of 82–100 micron. All kinds of self-adhesive tape, wrap- around, cut-in-stack and general label applica- tions are also available. I believe we are offering one of the most complete ranges of labels with multiple applications.

“We are waiting to be awarded a patent in these and related films – like the Supguard range of multibarrier film in various structures for thermoforming, medical uses or industrial applications that help to increase shelf life and are incredibly cost-effective. We are well placed to cater for most needs in an area with tremendous potential.”

Mr Kileci, on the other hand, is enthused by their new Supereco range of biodegradable films.

“The SuperEco films we have developed under the ‘Nature Pack’ umbrella name exemplify our desire to be at the forefront of the growth in biopackaging that is taking place in Europe,” he points out. “These polypropylene films are rendered degrad- able/biodegradable by a combination of heat and UV as a first step and subsequently the absorption of micro-organisms naturally present in soil. They end up as biomass in nature by a degradation process that is entirely non-hazardous.”

A Pan-European approach This extended product range fits into the comprehensive strategic plan devised by Sanko to turn SuperFilm into the one-stop-shop for packaging films in the Old Continent.

“Pan-European growth is a key feature of our strategic plan for the next 15 years,” David Haskins explains. ”In order to realise our desire to become a major European player we want

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