After years of importing bottle molds from France, Sidel Inc. is setting up a U.S. mold plant in Georgia.
Sidel will lease a 15,000-square-foot building in Norcross, Ga., near its U.S. headquarters plant. Michael Charlton, operations manager, said blow mold production should begin in January.
French blow mold machine maker Groupe Sidel set up its U.S. subsidiary, Sidel Inc., in 1984. In mid-1997, the company moved into a newly constructed, 60,000-square-foot U.S. headquarters.
The Norcross headquarters handles spare parts, service and employee training for customers in the United States and Canada. Most machines are shipped directly from France to U.S. and Canadian customers.
Sidel manufactures machines that blow mold PET, PVC and polyethylene bottles.
Building molds in the United States, instead of shipping them from France, will let Sidel target special needs of the U.S. market, Sidel President Jean-Guy Delage said.
``The American market thrives on innovation and is a pioneer in high-output rates as well as new applications, [such as] jars, multilayer and preferential heating,'' he said.
The U.S. mold plant will eliminate import duties and help Sidel deliver molds more quickly, according to Delage. Later, the company plans to offer 24-hour delivery of mold components.
Sidel announced the mold plant July 17.
Groupe Sidel is based in Le Havre, France.