First BOPP packaging film line for Bangladesh

Akij Group invests in 40,000 tonne BOPP line from Brückner

A milestone for Bangladesh - Sk Bashir Uddin, managing director, Akij Group (left) and Johann Kreilinger, senior sales manager, Brückner Maschinenbau. Photo Brückner

The demand for high quality packaging film in Bangladesh is rising as it is in all of the South Asian countries as are the investments in building capacity. While in Bangladesh there have not been adequate local production capaci-ties, the Akij Group, one of the country’s largest business groups with companies in more than 22 branches of the industry and approximately 55,000 employees has entered the packaging film business with an investment in a Brückner BOPP line. The explicit decision for a high performance line clearly is futuristic and points to the Akij Group’s expansion strategy – for domestic consumption as well as for export markets

Bangladesh’s very first BOPP film production line’s specifications are impressive – 8.7 metres working width, 450 metres a minute production speed for an annual output capacity of up to 40,000 tonnes. The line will produce a variety of the finest polypropylene packaging films and is especially equipped for the manufacture of sophisticated cigarette film. This neatly compliments and completes the Akij Group’s cigarette business – they now have everything in their own hands, from production to packaging.

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