EVANSVILLE, Ind. — December 10, 2020 — Berry Global Group Inc. announced today that phase one of the three phase, $20 million Sof-Flex™ film expansion plan is on track to be operational in December 2020. This announcement comes as an update to its January 2020 announcement to expand its hygiene, healthcare, and specialty films platform in North America. The expansion will span Berry’s United States network of breathable film producing plants and is scheduled to be completed by 2022.
As reported earlier this year, the company’s investment addresses both extrusion and printing capabilities, in support of growing breathable film and sustainable product market demands in the North American region. The investment will include added capacity for Berry’s proprietary Sof-Flex technology and the addition of the newest flexographic printing equipment. The Sof-Flex technology allows for the sustainable, down-weighting of breathable films while maintaining best-in-class performance.
“We are excited to expand our Sof-Flex breathable film capacity. Our patent protected technology enhances hygiene and healthcare products across the globe. From sustainable and cost effective solutions through light-weight product designs, to new breathable functionality in incontinence products, Sof-Flex enables our customers to achieve their most critical product performance objectives.” said Robert Weilminster, executive vice presient and general manager, for Berry’s hygiene markets in the United States and Canada.
In support of new business awards beyond the scope of the three phase expansion plan, Berry is pleased to also announce the investment and start-up of a second flexographic printing line with unique embossing capabilities in 2020.
Berry announced its sustainability strategy, Impact 2025, last year. In alignment with this strategy, the company will focus on three key sustainable product improvement areas in hygiene — light-weighting, sustainable materials, and designing products that are easily recyclable, reusable, or compostable. The expansion of Berry’s down-weighted, breathable films supports this strategy by reducing unnecessary materials as well as facilitating the use of sustainable raw materials without compromising product performance.
Posted December 10, 2020
Source: Berry Global Group, Inc.