Thermoforming machinery maker Sencorp Inc. signed a deal with Nagoya, Japan-based Asano Laboratories Co. Ltd. to push Asano's thermoforming equipment for food packaging in North America.
Sencorp will manufacture several of the Japanese company's machines.
Thermoformers from Sencorp of Hyannis, Mass., turn out packaging for consumer goods, medical and pharmaceutical products. Asano's markets include food packaging and the appliance and automotive industries.
The companies announced the deal during NPE 2006.
For food packaging, the alliance will promote Asano technology for wide-bed thermoformers and matched-metal trim presses.
The agreement covers long-term collaboration to share technology, manufacturing, sales and marketing for several Asano products in North America. Under the deal, Sencorp will provide engineering expertise to assure that Asano's thermoforming machines comply with North American requirements.
“Our agreement with Sencorp gives us immediate access to the North American market,” said Toshihiro Takai, senior managing director of Asano Laboratories.
Asano's equipment, widely used in Japan, features high-speed integrated air valves, a grip-chain transport system that saves material, quick changeover and its Quick Response Heaters.
In addition to manufacturing, Sencorp also gets the right to integrate Asano technology into Sencorp machines.
“We are quickly working to integrate Asano's QRH into Sencorp's 2200, 2500, Amac and Gen II thermoformers,” said Brian Urban, president and chief executive officer of Sencorp. “The time saved turning on and off a thermoformer equipped with QRH drastically increases machine availability.”
The ability to turn the ovens on and off quickly also cuts electricity consumption, according to Urban.
Sencorp is making QRH available as an option on all its new thermoformers and as a retrofit for used machines.
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