Husky makes changes to beverage packaging unit; appoints Chiaia as President

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Canadian machine maker Husky Injection Molding Systems has announced changes within its global Beverage Packaging organisation. Gerardo Chiaia will take on the new role of President of Global Beverage Packaging for Husky. In this role, Chiaia will be focused on continuing to grow the business through the on going development of technologies that will improve quality and push the industry forward, while delivering solutions that offer the best value to customers, says Husky.

“As an industry leader, Husky is committed to evolving our business to meet the changing needs of the industry and of our customers. My goal is to ensure we continue to work as a trusted partner to understand our customer’s needs and develop meaningful innovations to support their growth,” said Gerardo Chiaia. “At the same time, I have confidence in the strong foundation we have established for our Hot Runners and Controllers business and believe we will continue to flourish with the team we have in place.”

Since joining Husky in 1994, Chiaia has held positions of increasing responsibility across Husky’s service, sales and manufacturing operations. Having previously held the role of Vice President Beverage Packaging, Chiaia most recently served as the President of Hot Runners and Controllers, where he was able to leverage his extensive experience to significantly drive growth and strengthen customer relationships. Chiaia holds a Master’s in Engineering and Automation from Metz University in France and an MBA from Sacred Heart University in Luxembourg.

Over the past several years, Husky has continued to make significant investments to its Beverage Packaging business, focusing on a steady cadence of innovation every 18 to 24 months. At NPE 2015, Husky showcased a multi-layer barrier module for its HyPET HPP5 preform manufacturing system, as well as new technologies including the self-cleaning mould and mould alignment. In addition to new technologies, Husky is also actively working with customers to maintain and renew their existing assets. Combined, these solutions focus on supporting customers by improving productivity and lowering the total cost to produce while ensuring the highest levels of part quality.

In 2013, Husky established Hot Runners and Controllers as its own standalone business under the leadership of Chiaia. Stefano Mirti, General Manager of Hot Runner and Controller Operations, will lead the organisation during this transition. Having joined Husky in 1995, Mirti has worked in Hot Runners and Controllers, Operations, as well as Sales and Service. He holds an Engineering degree from Ecole des Mines de Nancy in France and an MBA from Sacred Heart University in Luxembourg.

Recent investments to Husky’s Hot Runners and Controllers business include the introduction of the UNIFY pre-assembled manifold system to support automotive customers, Altanium Servo Control offering increased controller functionality and UltraHelix valve gate nozzles for superior gate quality and gate life.

Moving forward, Husky says it plans to continue enhancing areas of its Hot Runners and Controllers business to deliver greater value, increased flexibility and better lead times to customers. This includes expanding upon existing product offerings to deliver increased flexibility, enhancing local service and support capabilities, as well as facility investments to speed up delivery times and maximize product quality.


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