The Sacmi Group’s expansion on the international PET market is gaining speed fast. The latest firm to invest in the IPS 400 (injection preform moulding) - Sacmi’s innovative high-performance solution for the manufacture of PET preforms using injection technology – is Iranian firm Khoshform, easily the country’s biggest preform producer and exclusive supplier to the biggest international beverage players such as Coca-Cola.
The reasons behind this decision to invest in Sacmi technology – made following the customer’s detailed comparative analysis of the different solutions on the market - lie in the quality, performance and flexibility of the IPS 400.
Available in the 96 - 128 cavity range, the IPS 400 stands out, on one hand, because of important design innovations that ensure the very best preform quality (e.g. unloading operations occur directly on containers placed in the post-cooling area, thus simplifying the plant and reducing any risk of contamination) while, on the other, the outstanding ergonomics and user-friendliness already seen on the previous IPS 220 version have been combined with innovative flexibility.
The latter includes the compatibility of the IPS 400 with existing competitor-made moulds. This provides strategic added value at the investment stage, offering a plant engineering adaptability that has certainly not escaped the notice of Khoshform, the unrivalled local market leader thanks to its two production plants and 17 solutions for the high-speed manufacture of preforms. Signed last April, this latest supply contract will see the new Sacmi system installed at the Mashad facility by the end of 2016.
A pivotal beverage industry player for 15 years, for some time now Khoshform has been witnessing the fast growth of both the internal market and the area-wide export potential. Hence the decision to invest in the new IPS 400, a solution developed by Sacmi to meet the specific needs of converters – via high performance, quality, user-friendliness and flexibility – that can, on request, be supplied with a full complement of ultra-high speed quality control systems (such as the PVS, or preform vision system, capable of inspecting up to 50,000 preforms an hour).