Extrusion International USA 3-2021

44 Extrusion International 3/2021 FILM EXTRUSION One reason for the very pleasing business development is certainly that topics such as hygiene and food safety have become much more important in the packaging sector worldwide – and particularly in Asia. In addition, food re- tailing and mail-order trade have recorded international growth. This also increased the demand for Brückner fi lm stretching lines, on which the highest quality packaging fi lms are produced, and also for the corresponding ser- vices. The outlook for the next few years also gives cause for optimism. Stefan Neumann, Chief Financial Of fi cer: “Our order backlog extends well into 2023. In addition, we are currently pleased about two major orders from China.” With the long-standing customer Jiangsu Hengli New Materials, the quality leader in the polyester fi lm industry in China, multiple contracts with a term of fi ve years were signed, with an order volume that signi fi cantly exceeds the average annual volume of Brückner Maschinenbau. The complete package comprises dozens of BOPET lines for packaging fi lms, optical and industrial fi lms as well as ultra-thin specialty fi lms and special BOPET thick fi lm lines. The framework agreement covers a total of 15 dif- ferent line types, including a very special laboratory line. In addition, one of the leading manufacturers of battery separator fi lms, Shenzhen Senior Technology Material Co., Ltd., has now ordered eight further special lines from Brückner. Here, Brückner was able to convince with the latest technology, which will also be used in battery pro- duction in Europe in the future. In any case, Brückner Maschinenbau is certain that, in ad- dition to the booming packaging sector, technical fi lms and their production lines are also on the rise. Future top- Desire for Hygiene and Food Safety Increases Worldwide Demand for Flexible Packaging Films Brückner Maschinenbau, based in Siegsdorf, Germany, is the worldmarket leader for large production lines for the manufacture of a wide variety of fl exible plastic fi lms, used as high-quality packagingmaterials and in technical applications. In terms of incoming orders, the past fi scal year was the secondmost successful in the company’s history. More than 45 lines sold by the end of 2020 mean an order intake of almost 800 million euros, a signi fi cant increase compared to the previous year Highly ef fi cient fi lm stretching line