Accredo Packaging Adds Extrusion and Printing Equipment

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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.

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