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Manufacturer Increases Annual Capacity by 50 Million Bags

May 28, 2014
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Mondi Americas has increased its industrial bag manufacturing capacity in the U.S. by approximately 50 million bags per year with the addition of a Windmoeller and Hoelscher in-line production line at its at Romeoville, IL manufacturing plant.

Equipped with an automatic palletizer, the production line enables Mondi Americas to accommodate increased demand resulting, in part, from the recovery of the U.S. building industry.
“We are seeing rising demand for industrial bags from producers and packagers of cement, mortar, and related building industry products,” said Peter Windeit, managing director, Mondi Americas Industrial Bags. “Our new high-speed production line will permit us to keep pace with new and larger orders, especially from the U.S. home building sector, which is rebounding from the recession.”
One bag product that will be manufactured on the new line is Mondi Americas’ Airstream bag. “Airstream meets a host of building industry bag needs,” Windeit says. “It has fast filling speed thanks to efficient de-aeration, it offers highly effective product protection against humidity, and it comes in bag dimensions that contribute to cost-efficient palletizing.”
Windeit notes that the new line will produce bags for the food industry, as well. “The line will be instrumental in helping Mondi Americas meet industrial bag demand from packagers of granular food ingredients, such as flour and corn meal. Customers can expect faster turnaround and reliable on time shipment of their orders.”
The production line consists of a new generation 8115 tuber and an 8320 bottomer. With its addition, Mondi Americas’ Romeoville plant now houses four industrial bag manufacturing lines.
Mondi Americas supports its manufactured industrial bag products with technical sales assistance. “We are in touch with our customer base every day,” Windeit said. “And we have expert understanding of our customers' engineered bag needs. We bring bag design assistance to our customers and bag technology that enables them to meet virtually any industrial bag packaging challenge.”
Mondi Americas designs, develops, and manufactures solutions in three core competencies: industrial bags, consumer packaging, and release liners. Industrial bags include ultra-strong paper bags for high-speed filling, air-permeable bags featuring hermetic and vacuum sealing, and additional bag designs that fill the toughest requirements. For food and animal feed applications the company offers the hygiene certification scheme AIB. Consumer packaging solutions include stand-up pouches, reclosable bags, microwaveable packaging, and other products with optimal barrier properties, along with extruded films for labels. Release liners encompass silicone-coated and specialty paper and film release liners for a host of pressure-sensitive adhesive applications.

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