MEXICO CITY (Oct. 5, 4:50 p.m. ET) — German machinery firm KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH is displaying what it claims is the second-largest injection molding press shown at any trade exhibition at Plastimagen México 2011, taking place Oct. 4-7 in Mexico City.
The 59-foot-long hydraulic machine, with a clamping force of 1,600 metric tons, was purchased several months before the show by Mexico's largest pallet maker, Plásticos Panamericanos SA de CV, based in Tultitlán, near to Mexico City.
“There's a plan to buy another [similar press],” possibly in the next two years, Francisco Gómez Anda, Plásticos Panamericanos' commercialization manager and administrator, told Plastics News as he stood beside the giant machine.
A member of Mexico's 99-year-old Grupo Tampico industrial group, of Tampico, Tamaulipas, Plásticos Panamericanos, which is 43 years old, serves customers in the food, pharmaceuticals and drinks industry.
“We process several thousand tons of resins per year,” said Gómez, adding that “we've had a very good year. Our sales are 30 percent up on those of last year and we expect a similar growth next year.”
Although reluctant to discuss the price that Plásticos Panamericanos paid for the machine, Gómez said it ran into seven figures.
The company produces pallets using more than 30 different mold sizes and will start using the new press within a month, Gómez said.
The machine was transported to the show at the Centro Banamex in pieces, assembled over five days in a canvas-covered outside area generally used for unloading trucks at the venue and powered by an independent electricity generating plant, hired by KraussMaffei especially.
KraussMaffei said the show floor supports only 2.5 metric tons per square meter while the machine weighs 10 metric tons per square meter.
“Our home office in Germany has told us that this is the second biggest machine ever shown anywhere in the world,” said Héctor Moreno, managing director of KraussMaffei de México S de RL de CV.
“The injection unit can inject 32 kilos of polystyrene and 28 kilos of high density polyethylene in one shot,” he said.