Polivouga to launch first BOPP plant

Flexible packaging producer Polivouga Indústria de Plásticos is preparing to enter the quality BOPP film business with plans to launch a dedicated plant for the product in Portugal next year. The family owned processor based in Vouzela, Portugal intends to expand its food packaging product range with the addition of a new Brückner 6.6m wide BOPP line. The 24,000 tpa film line is scheduled to come on stream in late 2015 or early the following year.

Polivouga’s new film unit, which will target a growing BOPP packaging market across the Iberian Peninsula, is the group’s fifth plant. Regional demand is reported to have picked up gradually in recent months helped by a slow economic recovery.

“Entering the BOPP business as a newcomer means that we have to meet the highest market demands from the very first moment we start production. So we have chosen Brückner as our partner,” commented Polivouga president Daniel Barros. Today, the company offers a broad flexible packaging portfolio at its existing plants. This includes shrink and stretch films, various multi-layer barrier food packaging films, film for plastic bags and agricultural and construction applications. The firm, formed in 1982 to manufacture mainly film for the agriculture sector, is currently the largest producer of lightweight retail plastic bags in Portugal. It moved into flexible packaging and took over another producer Alberplas and its second plant in 1987. In 1999, the group acquired the country’s then biggest shopping bag maker Topack. 

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