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Iranian PET preform maker ups capacity with installation

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With the lifting of US sanctions against Iran, the country is seeing a flurry of growth opportunities. Iran’s largest producers of PET preforms, Khosh Form, which has operations in the cities of Mashhad (Khosh Form Toos) and Qazvin (Khosh Form Caspian), has ten different machines from Canadian injection moulding machine maker Husky. It has now installed Italian company Sipa’s 7 XForm 500 preform injection moulding system, in its latest round of expansions. It has the system at both locations, all of them running with 96-cavity moulds. The XForm 500 systems produce preforms for carbonated soft drink, 38 mm-neck dairy products and for mineral water bottles; it has the capability to run legacy tooling as well.

Khosh Form has been on a steep growth path since it started making PET preforms in 2003. Both of its sites have benefitted from surging demand for drinks bottled in PET, both at home and in neighbouring countries. It has connections to numerous major international brand owners.

The company makes preforms weighing as little as 10.4 g and as much as 54.75 g, for bottles ranging in size from 300 to 2500 mL. It has an extensive park of moulds, so investing in the XForm 500, with its ability to accept large moulds from all the top suppliers, makes a lot of sense.

According to Dr Hajrezapour, owner of Khosh Form, “This has given us extra versatility in our production. Our customers own the most important international brands in the beverage business, and they audit our production regularly— so we cannot compromise on the quality of our equipment.”

Khosh Form has only recently come to Sipa. It carried out a technical survey and set the system against its competitors. In a complete comparison, taking into consideration such critical factors as cycle times, running cost and initial investment, says Sipa.

Sipa also says its XForm 500 injection moulding system is a solid tool with a robust design and construction. Said Stefano Baldassar, “They are very efficient, especially for the sorts of preforms used for CSD bottles, which have thicker walls than some other types, thanks in part to their multi-stage cooling robots.” The Best-in-class platen parallelism guarantees mould life and low refurbishment costs, he adds.

Baldassar also says that the complete integration of auxiliary equipment into the system makes it easy to use by operators. “Plus, mould changeover is easier than with other systems, thanks to the great accessibility provided to the clamp area. This helps make moving from one mould to another quick and reliable,” he concluded.

(IMA)


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