Affordable blow moulder

A competitively priced, semi-automatic blow moulding machine for the manufacture of PET bottles will soon be available from South Africa.
The machine can be used to blow bottles suitable for water, cold drinks, cooking oil, sauces and toiletries.
It will cost around $25 000, compared to similar semi-automatic machines imported from S {mosimage}A competitively priced, semi-automatic blow moulding machine for the manufacture of PET bottles will soon be available from South Africa.
The machine can be used to blow bottles suitable for water, cold drinks, cooking oil, sauces and toiletries.
It will cost around $25 000, compared to similar semi-automatic machines imported from Spain and Poland which are priced at between $50,000 and $80,000. Cheaper Chinese models are available, but they are not semi-automatic.A prototype of the machine (pictured) was on show at the 2000 South African Industry Trade Exhibition (Saitex). According to Benas Levy, one of the directors of the to-be-formed company Pre Pet International, it created much interest.
Levy says a decision to assemble a blow-moulding machine in South Africa was taken on a visit to China to purchase a machine. “We realised that we can build a superior machine at a lower cost, by importing the best critical parts and assembling locally.”
“In addition our machine is more reliable and has a greater capacity than its competitors,” says Levy. If the machine runs on a continuous, 24-hour operation, it can produce half-a-million 500ml bottles per month.
The machine is both versatile and easy to operate, according to Levy. It can blow mould bottles in sizes ranging from 250ml to 5 litres, while it requires only two unskilled workers to run. Moulds can be changed in 30 minutes.
Operator training and critical spare parts are included in the price. However, Levy points out that the machine has no electronic components, so there is not much that can go wrong with the blow moulding unit.
“Once the company is formed, we will start selling machines locally and internationally. We have had enquiries from all over Africa, Europe, the Indian subcontinent and East Asia,” says Levy.
The company will also supply pre-forms at competitive prices.
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