Plastic container manufacturer SIPA has acquired the injection-stretch-blow molding (ISBM) business of Italian PET packaging company Automa for an undisclosed amount.
The move will enable the company to expand its offering in single-stage ISBM systems, as well as to bolster its position in the market producing specialty products, such as containers for pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, personal care products and spirits.
SIPA general manager Enrico Gribaudo said: "We pride ourselves on being a strong and reliable partner with all our customers, and we are extremely happy to be able to add Automa customers to our number.
"We are now gearing up our operations to ensure that they receive the highest levels of service and support for their PET bottle processing equipment."
With the installation of Automa's energy efficient equipment, SIPA will be capable of producing much smaller containers and to perform quick change-overs between different product configurations.
The three-station ISBM 50SR unit, with a 500kN injection clamp force, has a rated power consumption of just 18.5kW/h for machine, hot runner system and PET loader. The 800kN ISBM 80SR, which has four stations (separate stations for stretch-blow and discharge), consumes 20kW/h.
SIPA specialises in manufacturing lines, including molds, for PET containers, and has production operations in Italy and China. It also produces preform and bottle design, engineering and industrialisation for the supply of injection and blowing molds for all types of PET machines in the market.
Image: SIPA specialises in producing lines, including molds, for PET containers. Photo: courtesy of SIPA.