Kabra Gloucester Engineering of Dunetha-Daman, India, a joint venture company with Gloucester Engineering Company, Inc. of Gloucester, Mass. USA, unveiled its first ‘KAGE’ 5-Layer Blown Film System at an open house held at the company’s headquarters on October 11-12, 2011. Over 100 attendees saw the company’s first fully loaded 5-layer line in operation at Kabra Gloucester’s new facility. KAGE is the brand name for film systems manufactured by Kabra ExtrusionTechnik (KET) Ltd., utilizing Gloucester Engineering’s engineering designs and technology.
Representatives from some of the leading packaging and converting companies in India were in attendance, including Supreme, Essel Propack, Positive Packaging, Vishakha, and Ecoplast, to name a few. The event drew attendees from around the globe, including companies from Africa and Asia.
Adam Blumenthal, Managing Partner of Blue Wolf Capital, the majority owner of Gloucester Engineering, attended the event and said, “I am extremely proud to see the equipment run so well and am gratified to observe our customers openly embrace the KAGE brand. We look forward to continuing to serve both the domestic and export market with our KET partners and expanding KAGE’s global market share.”
At the open house, the 5-Layer blown film line produced 2200mm layflat barrier film at 525kg/hour, producing film for oil packaging applications. The line, which can also be used for producing lamination films, is designed for outputs of up to 600kg/hour and has an installed capacity of 4000T/year.
Additional features of the Kabra Gloucester 5-Layer Blown Film System shown at the open house include:
-Extruders with light groove feed technology
-610mm self-centering die utilizing encapsulated feedport technology
-Ultra cool II dual lip air ring with film thickness control utilizing beta gauge measurement
-Carbon composite rollers for collapsers
-Turret style center winders
The line has been specifically designed for Prropyl Packs Ltd. of Kerala, India. Prropyl Packs will use the machine at its plant to manufacture film for primarily edible oil packaging applications. The barrier film will not only meet government shipping standards but will improve the shelf life of the oil, protecting it against oxygen and moisture, and ensuring its cleanliness.