Swiss blow molding machinery company Mag-Plastic Machinery SA sees strong demand for bottles in Asia, and has started building its 4-year-old manufacturing center in Pune, India, into a global manufacturing hub.
Gradually, more machine manufacturing is moving to Pune from Vouvry, Switzerland, area sales manager Driss Nhari said at a Feb. 4 news conference at PlastIndia 2009 in New Delhi. Other plans include a research and development center at Pune, Nhari said.
Vouvry will become an incubation center, concentrating on developing new products and innovations, he said.
Established in 2004, Magplastic Asia Pvt Ltd. has increased its annual machine production to about 60-70 machines a year, according to Managing Director Pradeep Damle.
The Mag-Plastic parent plant in Vouvry is still larger than the Pune plant. Vouvry manufactures about 80 machines a year, and they are larger units than those made in Pune, capable of making large bottles for Western customers.
Damle's long-term plans include setting up service centers closer to customers in major markets on the Indian subcontinent.
Mag-Plastic, which started blow molding business in 1975, has about 1,000 machines installed globally, including 200 units in Asia. Demand in Asia continues to grow, especially for PET bottles used to package water, carbonated soft drinks, juice, liquor, and edible oil.
At PlastIndia, Magplastic Asia launched a linear two-stage blow molding machine, LBM-05, and featured its mold design and production unit.
The Pune-made five-cavity machine is new this year, while the tooling unit has started production this week of 200-ml and l-liter PET bottle molds.