Global Packaging Solutions Inc. is entering extrusion blow molding and diversifying beyond core operations in injection molding and cardboard packaging.
At a Feb. 23 auction in Gardena, Calif., GPS purchased three blow molding machines: an APV SE-50 with a 35-pound shot size, a Uniloy 250R1-SPT with a 2.5-pound capacity and a Brazilian-made Pugliese Pac-1 with a 1-pound capacity.
In mid-January, Chula Vista, Calif.-based GPS signed a three-year contract with Fiesta Pacific Products Inc. of San Diego to blow mold 30,000 high density polyethylene bottles per month.
We are testing the half-liter bottle, said GPS President Jawed Ghias. Once we are in business on the half-liter bottle, then we can talk to them about 16-ounce bottles.
Fiesta bottles juices in San Diego and markets them primarily through Mexican-themed restaurants and hotels in 13 U.S. states.
GPS is learning the blow molding process. Blow molding is simpler than injection molding, Ghias said. We have the technicians so we will get going.
The firm has two maquiladoras at separate sites in Tijuana, Mexico. One employs about 200, operates 26 presses of 50-2,650 tons and the three blow molding machines, and occupies 110,000 square feet for plastics processing, mostly for injection molding television cabinets. The other maquiladora has 60,000 square feet for corrugated cardboard operations and employs 100.
GPS has developed partnerships with toolmakers in China and South Korea and uses an Asian-made mold to injection mold clasps for a Tijuana operation of St. John Companies Inc. of Valencia, Calif.
GPS operations had 2009 sales of $11 million. Ghias projects $15 million this year.
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