Husky creates Rigid Packaging unit to align with market demands and consumer trends


Injection moulding machine maker Husky Injection Molding Systems has effected organisational changes to realign its business to support customers in response to evolving market trends and changing consumer demands. The Canadian firm has combined its Beverage Packaging business and Specialty Packaging business under one new consolidated business called Rigid Packaging. This change will allow the company to offer a wider range of solutions and services to both Consumer Packaged Goods brands and plastics processors.

“These are exciting times. This organisational change, along with the leadership team we’ve put in place, will help us align our sales organisation to get even closer to customers, solution their growing base of needs and become more agile in responding to the changing market environment,” said John Galt, Husky’s President/CEO. “These changes also support the company’s current growth strategies of strengthening our business in developed markets, accelerating our business in developing markets, building on our strong innovation pipeline, and driving operational improvements.”

Robert Domodossola will lead Husky’s new Rigid Packaging business. He was formerly President of Husky’s Medical and Specialty Packaging Systems business and was appointed to this position in April of 2017. Since joining Husky in 1996, he has progressed through a number of design and engineering management roles. Bringing these two businesses together under Robert’s leadership will enable Husky to be more nimble in responding to market needs and better help its customers to be more competitive.

After 24 years with the company, Gerardo Chiaia, Husky’s former President of Beverage Packaging, is leaving the company.

At the NPE show (7-11 May in Orlando, Florida, US) it will showcase its new structure.

It is running a HyPET 225 preform manufacturing system, producing an 11.6 g preform using FuTuRe-PET ES11 (A) R-10 at a 6.2 second cycle time and using a 48-cavity mould. The 11.6 g preform design is capable of yielding seven different small-format bottle designs in a variety of shapes, sizes and applications, ranging from juices and teas to dairy applications. Highlighting Husky’s expertise in complete package solutions, the preform uses a 32 mm neck finish. Resin for production of the preforms was supplied courtesy of Indorama.


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