Italian company SIPA has launched a new line of stretch-blow moulding machines, designed expressly for companies in emerging markets that are planning to enter PET bottling.
According to the company, the latest equipment is available in two versions, with two and four cavities and capacities to produce bottles at output speeds ranging from 2,000 up to 6,000 bottles per hour.
The fully-electric models have servo drives that govern principal movements, including stretch rods.
The machines incorporate various technologies such as low-energy infrared heating, a neck air cooling system and quick and precise stretch and blow within a compact layout, and are borrowed from the company's existing SFL and SFR linear and rotary moulding machines.
Once the machine arrives in the customers' plant, production of PET bottles can be commenced in a short span of time.
SIPA general manager Enrico Gribaudo said the market for bottled water continues to increase at around 8% annually.
"With Start Blow, we are meeting the needs of new entrants into the market, and we are offering a solution that fits with local requirements," Gribaudo said.
Although the Start Blow will be an entry-level machine, it conforms to SIPA's high technical standards.
SIPA will help companies with new equipment from its various ranges available, and can also supply the moulds as well as the machines, besides providing product development assistance when requested.
SIPA, which supplies technologies for production and filling of PET bottles and containers, will build the machines in China, where it already has manufacturing operations for processing equipment and moulds.