Suppliers of biaxially oriented film lines have had three to four good years of solid sales, particularly in China, and resulting overcapacity in the market will likely see a lull in investment in BOPP lines for commodity applications through until the end of 2016 or even early 2017. For BOPET, meanwhile, the next investment cycle is not likely until mid-2017 according to Markus Gschwandtner, Sales Director at machinery supplier Brückner Maschinenbau.
"We are using this lull to develop new things," adds Gschwandtner. "For example, we've developed a software package that incorporates a preventative maintenance function. This will allow processors to plan ahead and carry out maintenance coinciding with scheduled shutdowns for filter changes." he explains. The package monitors parameters such as bearing vibration and bearing temperature.