British Polythene Industries (BPI) is investing £8m in its agricultural films division with the installation of two new five-layer extrusion lines which will allow it to introduce new products.
The new lines form part of a larger agricultural films investment programme which has seen the Greenock-based group install four other manufacturing lines across its silage film sites since the year 2000.
The company said the new extrusion units would increase throughput, reduce turnaround times and enhance quality and customer service.
John Langlands, BPI’s chief executive, said: ‘This new investment is testament to our continuing commitment to agriculture. As well as enabling us to take forward new products like SilotitePro and Baletite it brings even more flexibility to our manufacturing processes.’
These two new products were announced at the Agritechnica agricultural machinery and innovations show. SilotitePRO, a silage stretch film, is longer and thinner while maintaining the essential bale wrap characteristics of oxygen permeability, high strength and tear resistance. Baletite is a polythene wrapping film which replaces netwrap on round bales to secure them effectively while helping the grass ensiling process thanks to the increased oxygen barrier the product provides.