Düsseldorf, Germany — Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. has tapped into a variety of markets for the plastics processing industry, but the Canadian injection molding equipment maker's product portfolio for the food and beverage packaging sector is the major focus at K this year.
"Today, the competition is very strong, very fierce," Henry Zhang, Husky's director of marketing and market intelligence, said Oct. 17 during a media booth tour.
Zhang said that in order to succeed, companies such as Husky need to be flexible and efficient.
"You cannot be only one of them," he explained. "You need to do both."
This is especially for packaging, where one of the biggest challenges for customers today is speed to market.
"Everybody wants to bring their product to market fast because millennials, the youth, the consumers, they don't want to wait," Zhang said.
As part of the company's commitment to sustainable packaging, the machinery maker signed the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. And at K, Husky is highlighting a range of systems that allow for post-consumer resin in packages. This includes PET preform molding systems that can handle 100 percent recycled content as well as post-consumer resin options for its multilayer technology.
Husky is also developing a new system focused on post-consumer resin that could enable customers to bring more than 60 million kilograms of PET annually into the circular economy within the next two years. The system works in conjunction with equipment that Husky said purifies recycled material and eliminates the need to repelletize.
"At Husky, we're committed to sustainable packaging solutions now and in the future. Sustainability is in our DNA. It's in how we operate," Trevor Van Eerde, Husky's sustainability manager, told journalists during the tour.
And sustainability starts with design, he said, adding that "PET is one of the poster [children] for the circular economy."
To demonstrate this, the company is running the new HyPET HPP5e system, which it said delivers better energy savings, system reliability, PET preform quality and user-friendliness.
As part of the sustainable packaging theme, the system is making preforms made from 100 percent recycled PET. The 12.1-gram preforms are produced on a 96-cavity mold in a cycle time of 6.2 seconds.