A mix of cutting-edge ultra-clean film extrusion for sealant film and heavy duty bags coupled with production of commodity packaging on flexible home-grown manufacturing equipment is the perfect combination for this Thai processor.
Picture this. One wing of Unique Plastics' (Samutprakarn, Thailand) production facility houses six multi-layer blown film lines for manufacturing LLDPE heavy duty bags and sealant film under a strictly controlled "white room" environment where personnel are required to don cleanroom attire and negotiate two air locks to gain access to machinery. A second zone at the plant on the outskirts of Bangkok houses 55 tubular water quenched PP lines plus 36 six- and 12-inch mini HDPE blown film line made in Thailand and churning out plastic bags.
Managing Director Nithat Nawachartkosit explains the rationale of its clean production strategy using high output lines thus: "Converters prefer to purchase sealant film and the more we produce, the better the terms for our raw material purchases. It pays to be big," he notes. "We also serve some of the major resin producers for their pellet packaging needs with our 25-kg heavy-duty bags and be it food packaging sealant film or industrial packaging, there are benefits in minimizing contamination from human hair, insects, and what-have-you." Unique's clean production environment that conforms to GMP is a key marketing tool that is especially appreciated by its increasing number of Japanese customers. "Our Japanese customers are demanding in more ways than one," says Nithat. "Every year they ask us to downgauge but I think we are fast approaching the limit of what's achievable."...