LOS ANGELES — Macchi srl, an Italian company producing machines for making blown and cast film, has opened its first North American sales office.
Macchi North America opened last fall in Burlington, Ontario. The company also has a U.S. office in Middle Village, N.Y.
Paul Conley, North American sales manager, said the company is well-known in Europe. Macchi also sells machines in South America, Asia and Africa.
"As far as North America goes, no. The typical reaction is, `What's a Macchi?'|" Conley said in an interview at the company's booth during the Plastics Encounter show, held April 10-12 in Los Angeles.
The company is based in Varese, Italy, employs about 110 and generates annual sales of $35 million a year, Conley said.
Founder Luigi Macchi received an early patent on coextrusion of blown film, in 1966. The company has sold more than 800 lines.
Macchi concentrated on blown film for more than three decades. Today, the company makes machines that can produce film with up to seven layers, according to company literature.
Conley said Macchi expanded into cast film machinery about three years ago.