Petroplast Vinora is based in Andwil, in the picturesque canton of St. Gallen. The company produces flexible packaging from polyethylene and renewable materials. Petroplast Vinora serves four main market sectors – packaging for food, beverages and pharmaceuticals, as well as for products such as nappies and building insulation. In addition to its plant at Andwil, the company has another factory not far away at Jona. The company employs 400 people and has a production capacity of 33,000 tonnes per year.
Petroplast Vinora specialises in customised packaging, which accounts for approximately 80 per cent of its output. “By creating special packaging designs, we can boost our customers’ success,” says Mr Twiddy. Petroplast Vinora helps its clients present their products as attractively as possible, thereby targeting the consumer more effectively at the point of sale. The standard of printing must match the standard of design, and Petroplast Vinora uses flexographic printing in up to 10 colours. Petroplast Vinora’s extrusion machines can carry out seven-layer blown film extrusion and the company’s capabilities include solvent-free lamination.
In food packaging, Mr Twiddy explained, five- and seven-layer film is used for making re-sealable film for packaging cheese. “It’s not just for packaging Emmental,” said Mr Twiddy. “We produce a lot of re-sealable film for Mozzarella as well.” The outlook at Petroplast Vinora is very practical. “We are not interested in following trends for their own sake,” said Mr Twiddy. “We aim to find the solution that will work best for our customers.”