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Leading packaging manufacturer Coveris targets growth in the BOPP (Biaxially-Oriented Polypropylene) label beverage market supported by continued investment at its manufacturing facility in Louth, Lincolnshire (UK).

Following significant investment over the last 18 months, Coveris has established a state-of-the-art BOPP label manufacturing facility at its Louth site with a dedicated finishing hall and installation of specialist high-speed slitting equipment. To support growth plans in the beverage market, Coveris has made further investment and upgraded its BOPP label manufacturing capabilities with the installation of the UK’s first fully automated Universal X6 slitter.

Using the latest technology, the Universal X6 slitter provides high-speed efficiency, accuracy and automation in Coveris’ production of BOPP labels, increasing the site’s capacity to over 3 billion labels per year. With moisture imperious qualities and performance during high speed application, reel-fed BOPP labels are typically used in the PET bottling industry for water, dairy-based and carbonated drinks.

Already a supplier to world-leading brand owners and bottlers, including Coca-Cola European Partners and Refresco, Coveris targets further growth in the BOPP label sector, complementing its existing beverage packaging footprint in plain and printed collation shrink film, pressure sensitive (self-adhesive) labels, stretch sleeve and shrink sleeve formats.

“Coveris is uniquely positioned as the leading supplier of plain and printed films to the beverage sector in Europe. Supported by investment in state-of-the-art technology, dedicated BOPP manufacturing capabilities and award-winning print, we are able to provide our customers with leading quality, service and products, while targeting ambitious growth in the BOPP beverage industry”, commented Mark Summers, Coveris Films Sales Director.

Coveris’ print quality at its Louth site was recognised at the European Flexographic Industry Association (EFIA) this year. Coveris was awarded Gold in the ‘Flexo Print on Film – Reverse Print Narrow’ category for a collation shrink film multipack for French Coca-Cola brand Tropico.