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Were there to be a special Guinness book of plastics records, KIEFEL Extrusion GmbH would have secured a place in it based on the last K: the leading supplier of blown film lines worldwide already had the first contract sewn up less than one hour after the opening of the world’s largest plastics fair on the 20th of October. This extremely satisfying start for this machinery manufacturer from the town of Worms was just the starting shot for a series of sales achieved during the fair. KIEFEL sold no fewer than eight lines at the K and several retrofit packages for existing systems.

KIEFEL CEO Edgar Gandelheidt was able to record the most important chapter in its success story in Düsseldorf with the signing of a contract for the sale of a nine-layer line to a customer in the USA. “We have achieved a significant breakthrough in the North American market with the sale of this line from our KIRION® program”, Gandelheidt says. The line is suitable for the production of demanding barrier packaging, laminating films and thermoforming films. The equipment includes nine smooth bore extruders that enable outstanding processing of thermally sensitive materials and guarantee optimum homogenisation of the melt. With a patented die design including a die diameter of 600 mm (23.6”), it is set up for lay-flat widths of up to 2,200 mm (86.6”). A surface/center/gap winder completes the modular line that, in the words of Director of Sales Worldwide Kurt Freye, demonstrates the latest state-of-the-art technology at KIEFEL.

The sales made at the K are, according to Gandelheit, the best proof that the KIRION® generation has become the international leader in blown film technology: the 3-layer line shown at the fair was ordered by the US plastics processor Raven Industries from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Apart from that, both mono- and multi-layer lines will soon be going to the USA to two other companies. The first deal – suspected as being the Guinness book record (in terms of speed) – was concluded with another American customer for a large retrofit package for several existing systems. A Chilean business partner went for an extension of a mono- to a 3-layer line and he also ordered a new 3-layer line to further expand his production facility. Finally, the French company Palamy, in Le-May-sur-Èvre, placed orders for a mono- and a 3-layer line. The machines for this producer of technical films in PE should start up production of specialty film, printed carrier bags, and so-called “wicket bags” by March and April 2005 respectively.

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