CHICAGO (July 10, 3:40 p.m. EDT) — Now that Graham Engineering Corp. officially is Graham Machinery Group, former and potential customers had a chance at NPE to see the company's full range of blow molding machinery for the first time.
The show marked the first exhibition for GMG since its August acquisition of Hesta Blow Molding Machinery Co. of Stuttgart, Germany.
GMG demonstrated the latest version of the HLD-620 long-stroke, dual-station shuttle from the Hesta-Graham division, producing bottles for personal-care products. The company also showed its GEC-15D dual-accumulator-head, 15-pound-shot-capacity machine, as well as the four-station, rotary-shuttle GEC-4 model.
GMG also unveiled its virtual company tour, whereby customers can tour GMG's manufacturing facilities as well as some of its customers' processing plants, using GMG's Web site.
Now with Hesta's expertise in shuttle blow molding machines for personal-care-bottle applications, and Graham's reputation for accumulator-head machines for molding large parts such as industrial containers, customers should have the options they need under one roof, said Joseph Spohr, GMG senior vice president of global sales.
"We have a complete range of blow molding machines," Spohr said at NPE, held June 19-23 in Chicago. "There's no overlap in size of machine: Hesta makes smaller, low-volume production lines and then we take over and make larger-volume production lines."
Spohr said each company now can piggy-back the sales of the other on multiple continents. GMG has established its European manufacturing division, named Hesta-Graham GmbH, in Stuttgart, Germany.
"On the Hesta side, they've introduced (us to) a very large personal-care market — they've been our gateway to Europe and Asia," Spohr said. "Graham has brought food and beverage (markets) and the gateway to the Americas.
"It's a geographical fit as well as a product-line fit."
Spohr would not discuss terms of the acquisition, except to say the company paid a "fair price" for Hesta. Graham inherited Hesta's estimated $10 million to $15 million in sales.
Graham took in sales of slightly more than $60 million, Spohr said.
After the acquisition, the new GMG moved into its new, 165,000-square-foot headquarters three months ago in York, Pa.