The worldwide marketing of the made-in-China Kautex KCC shuttle blow molding machine continued at NPE 2006, as Kautex Machines Inc. showed a KCC 20D double-station unit for making consumer packaging.
North Branch, N.J.-based Kautex Machines is the North American operation of Kautex Maschinenbau GmbH of Bonn, Germany.
The German company builds the KCC line at its plant in Shunde, China.
The machine at NPE was equipped with a WVP 140 dual-parison head, with a center distance of 10.8 inches. It produced a round, gallon-sized handleware bottle, at a rate of 1,000 bottles an hour.
The KCC is available in three clamping-force sizes, and in single- or double-clamp configurations, from 11-43 tons. A fixed, single-clamp model also is available.
Kautex also has added a series of long-stroke machines, called KLS, also for packaging.
On the industrial blow molding side, the company reports it increased sales by more than 70 percent in 2005, and now has nearly a 50 percent market share. Officials credit the sale of two six-layer coextrusion machines for fuel tanks and a seven-layer suction-blow machine for fuel filler pipes. Kautex also has become more aggressive in Mexico, resulting in orders for machines to blow mold 5-gallon polycarbonate water bottles and large canisters.
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