CHICAGO (July 31, 1:50 p.m. EDT) — Uniloy Milacron and FGH Systems Inc. made a conquest during NPE 2006, in what FGH Systems calls its biggest NPE order ever.
The coup came in the form of converting Berry Plastics Corp.'s Setco Bottles division, based in Anaheim, Calif., to using its shuttle machines for a proprietary packaging application.
Setco placed an order for three Uniloy Milacron UMS 16D shuttle blow molding machines. Setco also bought four injection blow molding machines, said Marty Dailey, regional sales manager for Uniloy.
“Uniloy is doing great,” said David Skala, vice president and general manager of Uniloy Milacron's North American operations, in a June 21 interview at the show. “We've had a very strong start to 2006. On a year-over-year basis, it's stronger than 2005. What's been particularly strong is the Mexican market.”
In that market alone, Uniloy has seen nearly 25 percent sales growth, he said. He attributed a lot of that growth to the conversion of the dairy, water and juice markets to single-serve containers, and paperboard to plastic conversions even as dairies themselves attempt to push more consumption of milk.
Setco officials had no comment on the machinery purchase.
UMS 16D can be fitted for two-, three-, four-, five- and six-parison production in single- or double-station configuration, according to Frank Hohmann, president of mold and tooling maker FGH Systems. The machine also features tie-barless access, in-machine trimming, closed-loop position and speed control, 10 percent energy savings and a space-saving footprint.