Consumers in the United States increased their diary consumption by three pounds per person in 2020 versus the prior year. This trend is expected to continue and while meat consumption is predicted to decline slightly, consumers are shifting their preferences to smaller serving sizes. Joining these behaviors that are driving the increasing demand for barrier food and beverage packaging are consumers’ concerns over food waste and their desire for cleaner food with less additives and preservatives.
Investing to Grow
In order to meet customers’ growing demand for barrier packaging, Transcendia is investing in additional barrier film technologies starting with the expansion of its Hebron, OH facility. The new 52,000 square foot building will be equipped with additional multilayer blown and cast film lines, specialty converting equipment and a new testing lab dedicated to supporting new barrier applications in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical and industrial film markets.
“Invest to grow is really at the core of what we’re going to do. Our ability to invest in equipment and technology is one piece, but more important is investing to grow in the people we have within Transcendia.”
-John Bagnuolo, Chief Executive Officer
In addition to expanding its barrier film manufacturing capabilities, Transcendia is investing in employee training and development programs, its internal systems infrastructure and as well as new safety and quality systems to support its growth in the food and beverage, specialty industrial and healthcare markets.
New Barrier Film Manufacturing Capabilities
The Hebron, OH expansion is scheduled to be complete by the end of this summer and will be home to a new 9-layer cast film line as well as a new 9-layer blown film line. These two new assets will complement Transcendia’s most recent 7-layer blown film line capable of producing films up to 78” wide with thicknesses between 1.0 – 10.0 mil. The new building will have a total footprint of 84,000 square feet, ISO 9001:2015 certified quality systems, SQF certification and class 7 cleanroom capabilities.
“Transcendia has been producing barrier films for decades and recognizes packaging needs are more complex and require films that deliver advanced performance properties to protect products and keep people safe and healthy. The Hebron, OH expansion is the first of many significant investments Transcendia will be making in film manufacturing technology, equipment and application engineering resources over the next few years,” stated Tim Thompson, COO of Transcendia.
Transcendia’s new barrier film lines will be operational by the end of 2022 and available for customers who need VFFS or HFFS film, barrier Pattyn tubing, barrier Gaylord liners, MAP packaging, SUT films or barrier packaging for bags used in meat, cheese or dry bulk goods packaging. For more information on Transcendia’s barrier film capabilities, visit our website at Transcendia.com.
Transcendia has a long history of specializing in custom converting plastic film structure properties and configurations for customers looking for improved aesthetics, protection and performance. As the domestic thermal lamination film leader, Transcendia has market-dedicated resources to assist with developing customized application solutions and also provides toll converting and coating services. Some of the options we offer are listed here.
Transcendia operates in four key markets including food and beverage packaging, healthcare, specialty industrial and print and publishing. It offers a breadth of manufacturing and converting capabilities among its 15 global facilities and serves customers through its combination of technological expertise, best in class quality systems and decades of experience developing film structures to meet specialized and demanding film needs.
Transcendia and PDA
Transcendia is excited to announce it will be integrating the Precision Poly business into the Transcendia brand. Precision Poly is an 11-year member of Packaging Distributors of America and looks forward to continuing its participation in this essential packaging organization as it formally becomes part of Transcendia, Inc.
For more information on Transcendia, visit Transcendia.com or call us at 1.800.745.5802.