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Accredo Packaging placed an order for a second VISTAFLEX CL 10 from Windmoeller & Hoelscher.

Accredo Packaging, located in Sugar Land, TX has placed a large order for flexographic printing and film extrusion equipment from Windmoeller & Hoelscher.

Commercialized in 2009, Accredo specializes in the manufacture of coextruded barrier films, towel & tissue overwrap film, shrink-bundling film, laminated, printed and unprinted roll stock, pouches and wicketed bags. “We’re expanding in all the segments we identified as our target markets and need to add significant capacity to keep up with growth,” states Rex Varn, executive vice president of Accredo.

Installation of a new MIRAFLEX CM 10 press with a print width of 41˝ and speeds of up to 1,650 ft/min was recently completed and the press is now up and running. The company has just placed an order for a second VISTAFLEX CL 10, with a print width of 67˝ and speeds of up to 2,600 ft/min with the fastest changeovers. W&H designed the VISTAFLEX to run at extremely high speeds while at the same time being very easy to use. Four complete print jobs can be set up and stored while the press is running and changeovers are made automatically at the push of a button. The Sugar Land plant houses W&H 10-color NOVOFLEX CL presses as well.

In addition, Accredo has also ordered two five-layer VAREX blown film lines. Both lines are equipped with the high-output OPTICOOL air ring and are scheduled for 2013 installation. Accredo currently runs film on VAREX three-layer and nine-layer lines for both barrier films and internal consumption.

About Accredo
Accredo is a registered member of the EPA’s Green Power Partnership and the Organic Trade Association, and is a Certified Minority Business Enterprise.

About Windmoeller & Hoelscher
Windmoeller & Hoelscher is a leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of flexographic and gravure printing presses, blown and cast film extrusion systems, multiwall equipment, plastic sack and bag making machines, as well as form-fill-seal machinery for the converting and packaging industry.

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Sugar Land, TX-based converter Accredo Packaging has placed a large order for flexographic-printing and film-extrusion equipment from Windmoeller & Hoelscher Corp. (Lincoln, RI).

Nine-layer coextrusion enables for high-barrier performance to meet any needCommercialized in 2009, Accredo specializes in coextruded barrier films, towel & tissue overwrap film, shrink-bundling film, laminated, printed and unprinted roll stock, pouches and wicketed bags. “We’re expanding in all the segments we identified as our target markets and need to add significant capacity to keep up with growth,” says Rex Varn, exec vp of Accredo.

Installation of a new MIRAFLEX CM 10 press with a 41-in. print width and speeds of up to 1,650 fpm was recently completed, and the press is now up and running. The company has just placed an order for a second VISTAFLEX CL 10, with a print width of 67 in. and speeds of up to 2,600 fpm with the fastest changeovers. W&H designed the VISTAFLEX to run at extremely high speeds while at the same time being very easy to use. Four complete print jobs can be set up and stored while the press is running and changeovers are made automatically at the push of a button. The Sugar Land plant houses a W&H 10-color NOVOFLEX CL presses as well.

In addition, Accredo has also ordered two 5-layer VAREX blown-film lines. Both lines are equipped with the high-output OPTICOOL air ring and are scheduled for 2013 installation. Accredo currently runs film on VAREX 3-layer and 9-layer lines for both barrier films and internal consumption.

Accredo is a registered member of the EPA’s Green Power Partnership and the Organic Trade Association, and is a Certified Minority Business Enterprise.

PLASTICS NEWS

Nine-layer coextrusion enables for high-barrier performance to meet any need

SUGAR LAND, TEXAS (July 31, 12:30 p.m. ET) — Accredo Packaging Inc. is increasing capacity at its Sugar Land plant with the addition of several new machines.

“We’re expanding in all the segments we identified as our target markets and need to add significant capacity to keep up with growth,” said Rex Varn, executive vice president, in a news release.

The flexible packaging converter recently installed a 41-inch-wide Windmoeller & Hoelscher flexographic printing press —a Miraflex CM 10 — and placed an order for another W&H press, a second 67-inch Vistaflex CL 10, according to a news release from W&H.

The plant also houses 10-color W&H Novoflex CL presses.

Accredo is also adding two W&H five-layer Varex blown film lines. The new lines, scheduled for installation in 2013, join the plant’s existing three- and nine-layer film lines, according to the release.

Accredo, part of the Advance Polybag Inc. family of companies, started operations in 2009 and will begin construction on a 175,000-square-foot expansion this month. That expansion is slated for completion in early 2013.

“We aim to be a major player in the U.S. flexible packaging market,” said Malcolm Cohn, sustainability director. The company makes coextruded barrier films; overwrap film; shrink bundling film; laminated, printed and unprinted rollstock; pouches; and wicketed bags.

It also emphasizes sustainability, operating out of a 200,000-square-foot, wind-powered facility that has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver certification.

Using state-of-the-art equipment, like the new presses, makes the plant more efficient and helps limit greenhouse gas emissions, Cohn said.

Advance Polybag, also based in Sugar Land, had sales of $260 million in 2011, according to Plastics News’ most recent ranking of North American film and sheet makers.