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Pregis invests in new blown film testing lab to support converters

Protective packaging materials provider Pregis has invested $1m in a new 1,000ft² blown film testing lab, as part of its efforts to provide better services for the customers.

The testing lab will support Grand Rapids blown film manufacturing facility located in Texas, US.

It will help researchers to carry out research and development focusing on customer needs, in addition to quality testing.

The Grand Rapids facility, which operates under the firm’s Pregis Films business unit, offers custom film rollstock to converters for packaging applications that protect a range of products.

The facility manufactures polyethylene film, which can be converted into various flexible packaging structures for different applications.

It can be used for standup pouches and form-fill-seal application in food sector, while for breathable bags and pouches in medical sector, and automotive and hardware applications in industrial sector.

The lab features analytical testing equipment and physical testing solutions, including peel, tensile, impact resistance, tear, hot tack and coefficient of friction, for different applications.

Pregis chief innovation officer Tom Wetsch said: “We made the investment in the new lab to create systems and processes which will enable us to exceed our customer’s expectations. Having an onsite facility will better equip us to provide faster solutions and also allow us to accelerate our R&D work.

“With customers increasingly looking at customized structures and accelerating the pace of their development, we wanted to make sure we had the right resources in place to support them.”

Pregis offers protective packaging materials, equipment systems and surface protection solutions for various consumer and industrial market segments such as food, beverage, healthcare, medical devices, agricultural, e-commerce, retail, automotive, furniture, electronics, construction and military/aerospace.