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Russian packaging firm DPP adds PA barrier film line to boost capacity

Russian packaging producer Desnogorsk Polymer Plant (DPP) recently launched a new multilayer barrier films line in an extension to its plant in the country’s western region of Smolensk.

DPP’s line, co extruding polyamide (PA) based films for food packaging, was installed as part of a €4.85m plant expansion project involving the construction of a new production hall. Its completion sees the firm boost its overall film capacity by a third.

The project was supported by a preferential loan of nearly €2m provided by Russia’s Industry Development Fund (FER) set up by the federal Industry and Trade Ministry to modernize national industry, boost new production and encourage import substitution.

A specialist in the production of films, particularly for packaging in the dairy industry, the company, located in the town of Desnogorsk, south-west of Moscow, acquired the new equipment to raise the quality of its barrier film products.

DPP, equipped with Macchi supplied machinery, extrudes a wide range of polyethylene, polypropylene and PA-based products from monolayer to seven-layer barrier films. The newest line increases its overall annual output from 3,600tpa to 4,800tpa.

The company runs two high-speed 3-layer lines making film for lamination, metallization and printing and shrinkable films; a fully automated line producing 5-layer barrier film; two lines for 7-layer barrier material and three lines producing stretch film. 

In addition DPP operates two other lines turning out single layer shrinkable and greenhouse film products.

DPP’s multilayer PA barrier film, produced under the ‘Depol’ brand, is intended for vacuum and gas modified food packaging, mainly for fresh meat and fish.

This latest expansion is expected to enable DPP to snatch an 11% stake in the Russian market by the year 2022, according to the firm. 

“To understand the scale of (our) expanded production – the eight-hour work of the new line will ensure the monthly need of producers of meat and fish food of the Smolensk region in flexible packaging.

“However, we have not limited ourselves to our native region for some time, but we also work for enterprises in other regions of the country,” commented DPP’s chief executive Alexander Preferansov.

Formed in 1990, the company is merged with the St Petersburg-based flexible packaging processor Technopack-Flex LLC. and today is a national leader in high barrier polymer packaging

» Publication Date: 30/01/2019

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