Officials at stretch blow molding machinery maker Sidel Inc. (Booth S29052) said the firm is creating a new training center at its Norcoss, Ga., headquarters to improve its support to North American customers.
The company's zone vice president and general manager for market operations in North America, Keith Boss, said Sidel will spend more than $1 million on the project.
There were a number of things we wanted to do this year to support our customers, one of which was a training center, he said.
Boss said the intention is to use the center to provide improved training facilities for its customers in the North American region, as well as to help them develop new designs. Key areas of focus will include hot-filling technology, lightweight containers and bottle design.
Sidel Inc.'s director of business development and marketing, Michael Fasold, said the company also is looking to expand application of its Predis technology in the United States.
Predis is Sidel's dry process for preform decontamination that uses a combination of hydrogen peroxide and heat energy. It can be fully integrated into a Combi system which does blowing, filling and closing in one system. The company has developed the technology for packaging of sensitive products sold at ambient temperature or cold, such as dairy or juice.
We have a system already installed in North America and we also have systems that are coming into stream this year. We feel that for the future this could be potentially a great opportunity, Fasold said.
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