Futamura invests in new cellulose film production line

FUTAMURA, a manufacturer of cellulose films, casings, and non-wovens, has unveiled its new cellulose film production line in Wigton, Cumbria.

The firm said the investment underscores its commitment to meeting demand for its range of renewable and compostable NatureFlex films.

The unveiling of the bespoke production line, officiated by Futamura president Yasuo Nagae, follows a year of planning, design, and construction. The machine marks a major milestone for Futamura and is tipped to enable the company to better serve its customers and cater to the need for environmentally responsible packaging materials.

The new line is projected to enhance the facility’s production capacity by approximately 25%.

Adrian Cave, MD at Futamura Cellulose Films Europe, said, “The successful commissioning of this tailor-made machine is a testament to the unwavering commitment and hard work of our team, especially our engineering department, who has carefully built the machine from the ground up. However, it is thanks to the exceptional contributions of everyone involved that this vision has been brought to life.

“The new production line will enable us to increase capacity for our renewable and certified compostable films and allow us to further develop our latest innovation project, allowing us to better serve our customers to achieve their sustainable packaging goals.”

NatureFlex films are derived from renewable wood pulp and are compliant with global industrial composting standards, including BS EN13432. The films are used as a packaging solution for a range of products including fresh produce, beverages, snacks, and personal care items.