The investment will include added capacity for Berry’s proprietary Sof-Flex™ technology and the addition of the newest flexographic-printing equipment. The Sof-Flex technology allows for the sustainable, downgaugiqg of breathable films while maintaining best-in-class performance.
The expansion, totaling approximately $20 million, will be operational in 2020 across Berry's US network of breathable-film-producing plants and represents the first of a three-phase Sof-Flex film expansion plan to be completed by 2022.
“As a global leader in films and nonwovens, we are continuing to invest around the world. Our focus on serving the North American market with advanced technology remains a high priority for our business,” says Curt Begle, president-Health, Hygiene, and Specialties Div.
Berry announced its sustainability strategy, Impact 2025, last year. In alignment with this strategy, the Company will focus on three key sustainable product improvement areas in hygiene—light-weighting, sustainable materials, and designing products that are easily recyclable, reusable, or compostable. The expansion of Berry’s down-weighted, breathable films supports this strategy by reducing unnecessary materials as well as facilitating the use of sustainable raw materials without compromising product performance.