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Steel extension for film manufacturer

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nInnoviaNov14One of Cumbria’s leading employers is expanding its manufacturing facility with a new steel extension that has been constructed without disrupting onsite production.

Headquartered in Wigton, near Carlisle, Innovia Films is a global manufacturer of two speciality products, Biaxially Orientated Polypropylene (BOPP) and cellulose based films and these are supplied into the packaging, labels, tobacco overwrap and securities markets.

The company is currently undertaking a £20M investment package that includes the construction of an additional BOPP production area that will help increase output by up to 10%.

The new facility is a steel-framed extension added to the existing BOPP production building.

“Our BOPP production process is a 24/7 operation and the steel extension is being built in such a manner that it doesn’t interrupt the work in any way,” said Simon Butcher, Innovia Films Senior Design and Development Engineer.

The new steel frame has been bolted on to one end of the existing building. In order to not cause any disruption during the erection process, steelwork contractor Border Steelwork Structures initially cut openings in the existing building’s cladding to allow for each steel beam connection between the new and old frames to maintain a barrier between construction and production work.

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