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PET market buying into pre-form platforms

Husky Injection Molding Systems : 25 October, 2004  (Company News)
Husky reports strong order numbers for its new line of HyPET and Index pre-form production systems. Since their official market rollout earlier this year, Husky has sold more than 75 systems.
Husky reports strong order numbers for its new line of HyPET and Index pre-form production systems. Since their official market rollout earlier this year, Husky has sold more than 75 systems.

“The industry is switching over,” Mike Urquhart, Husky’s Vice President, PET and Closures, said. “Europe, especially, has led the charge in the conversion to HyPET.”

Urquhart said that Husky has sold a majority of its HyPET 300 systems to European customers. Husky has also been able to make inroads in certain markets and regions thanks to the HyPET 120 and 225 – smaller pre-form systems the company is carrying for the first time.

“When we rolled out HyPET, we included a broader range of machine sizes to appeal to new market segments,” Urquhart said. “That approach has been validated by the sales success of the smaller systems. Customers who have invested in the new systems are having great success, and we’re seeing a lot of repeat orders.”

Husky is also seeing a steady conversion from its previous-generation G-PET line to the new HyPET. Compared to G-PET, which was available in only 300 and 600 tonne models, HyPET features six clamp options from 90 to 500 tonnes. Each HyPET model is designed to accommodate a larger number of cavities than previously possible in the G-PET, so larger moulds now fit in smaller machines. For example, a 96-cavity mould can now run in a 400-tonne system, while a 144-cavity mould can run in a 500-tonne. Those moulds previously required a 600 tonne system.

Husky has also sold several of its new high-output Index pre-form systems, currently available in the Index 600 platform with 72, 128 and 144 cavities. The Index is quickly becoming the system of choice for high-volume, thick-walled parts, Urquhart said

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