German machinery firm KraussMaffei Technologies GmbH displayed at Plastimagen México 2011 what it claims is the second-largest injection molding machine shown at any trade exhibition.
The 59-foot-long hydraulic press, with a clamping force of 1,600 metric tons, was purchased by Mexico's largest pallet maker, Plásticos Panamericanos SA de CV, several months before the Oct. 4-7 show took place in Mexico City.
“There's a plan to buy another [similar press],” possibly in the next two years, said Francisco Gómez Anda, Plásticos Panamericanos' commercialization manager and administrator, as he stood beside the giant machine on the Plastimagen show floor.
A member of Mexico's 99-year-old Grupo Tampico industrial group, Plásticos Panamericanos, based near Mexico City in Tultitlán, serves customers in the food and beverage and pharmaceuticals industries.
“We process several thousand tons of resins per year,” said Gómez, adding that the firm has 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 press, Gómez said it ran into seven figures.
The company produces pallets using more than 30 different mold sizes and will start using the new KraussMaffei machine within a month, Gómez said.
The machine was transported to the show 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 specially by KraussMaffei.
Munich-based KraussMaffei said the show floor supports only 5,512 pounds per square meter while the machine weighs 22,000 pounds 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, based in Atizapán de Zaragoza.
“The injection unit can inject [70 pounds] of polystyrene and [62 pounds] of high density polyethylene in one shot,” Moreno said.