In the town of Ban Khlong Suan, just south of Bangkok, PET bottle maker Klintpack is renewing its machine park. It has decided that it wants to concentrate, not only on a single supplier, but also on a single type of machine. And it has chosen SIPA’s SFL 6/6 linear stretch-blow molder. The unit went in last year. The first is producing 1.5-L bottles for mineral water, at a rate of 8400 bottles per hour.
Tanakrit Juthamaneesirikul, President of Klintpack, has a strategy of keeping things simple. By choosing the SFL 6/6, which has a high level of flexibility in the type and size of containers it can produce, as well as a high level of reliability, he can save on spare parts and maintenance. He can also take advantage of the SFL’s high output. Plus, its compact dimensions mean floor space requirement is minimized.
Mr Juthamaneesirikul became attracted to the SFL when he saw a unit running on the SIPA stand at the K 2013 in Dusseldorf, Germany, just under three years ago. He was at the international plastics show looking for European blowing machines to replace Japanese single-stage equipment he had been using for several years. The model is ideal for Klintpack’s purposes, since it provides the company with the capability to provide a variety of products for its focus market of medium-sized packaging customers.