IMOLA, ITALY (June 15, 1:25 p.m. ET) — In its first year of commercialization, Sacmi Imola S.C. says it has had a strong response to its compression blow forming technology.
If everything goes according to plan, Sacmi will install 10 of the CBF machines this year at companies in North America, Europe and Asia, said Luca Nanetti, sales and marketing manager for Sacmi's closures and containers division.
CBF combines elements of compression molding and blow molding to make containers. Material is extruded, cut and transferred into a compression cavity. A preform is produced, bottles are pre-blown, and then blow molded or stretch blow molded in the same cavity without the need for station-to-station transfer. Using the continuous rotary machines, processors can go directly from resin pellet to finished container in one step.
According to Imola, Italy-based Sacmi, CBF machines are cost-effective, offer advantages in flexibility and productivity, are more sustainable, and produce a higher-quality product.
In May, Amcor Rigid Plastics became the first company to use CBF on a commercial scale. The Ann Arbor, Mich.-based manufacturer uses its three CBF systems to make pharmaceutical packaging.
Nanetti would not disclose the names of its other customers, but said they included one of China's largest dairies and one of the fastest growing dairies in Vietnam.
Those machines will be used to make single-serve dairy and beverage containers.
The machines have attracted particular attention in emerging economies, like the Middle East, he added.
Looking ahead, Sacmi is working to expand the machine's resin range – current machines run high density polyethylene, polyethylene and polystyrene, and should be able to run PET by the end of the year, he said.
The company also is working to expand the machine's size. Currently, Amcor runs a 12 cavity unit and a 20 cavity unit is also available, but Sacmi is developing a range of station sizes, Nanetti said.