Berry and Spence - Plastics Naturally

By: Berry And Spence  11-11-2011
Keywords: Film, Tubing, Tubing And Sheeting

BERRY & Spence, well-known Cape Town film and bag supplier, has just celebrated its 21st birthday, but it hasn’t had time for presents: the cash has been going the other way, in the form of a R2,4-million purchase of a reel-to-reel bag machine from Günter of Germany. The new capability implies a fundamental shift for Berry & Spence.
Up till now it has supplied bags in stacks. Stacking has its merits, but reels create better efficiencies and improved space management. The
perforation capability on the new Günter SMR-L system, which can run a 1200mm wide film at up 150m/min, is a much faster solution. With polymer prices going the way they have, this is a necessary advantage for the company.
The new Günter machine, acquired via Technimac of Johannesburg, is a high-speed system which is applied to punch holes in-line with a film extrusion process. This computerised electromagnetic punching system permits trouble free in-line punching either in parallel or in offset patterns, depending on customer requirement.
Berry & Spence has been in operation since 1987 and has steadily expanded. Although it employs just 20 people at its plant in Ottery, its efficiencies are good and per employee-output is high.

It supplies specialised high quality extruded polyethylene (LD and linear low) tubing and sheeting for conversion into a wide and diverse range of agricultural, general packaging, stationery and baler bag products. Tubing and sheeting is available from 250-1700mm wide and 20-250 micron thick. The new machine now enables it to supply a better service to its bag customers.
Supplying such a value-added service is uppermost in just about all manufacturers’ minds, but doing so almost always involves investment.
B&S supplies the agriculture (mulch films, mini tunnel sheeting, nursery bags, heating tubing plus other products); stationery and general packaging (treated sheeting for printing and laminating, laundry, shrink, FFS and rubber release films) markets as well as baler bags for just about anything.
Berry & Spence is very conscious of the environment and is a signatory and contributing member to the Plastics Federation’s Enviromark programme. It recycles all its production scrap using two in-house recycling systems.
MD Gordon Spence, founder of the company, has been involved in industry associations for the past 15 years. He was chairman of the PCA for several years and was also vicechairman of the Plastics Federation for a number of years.
He believes installing the new reel-to-reel capability was a necessary step for the company that will allow for better utilization and less wastage by all of its bag customers.

Keywords: Film, Tubing, Tubing And Sheeting