Sumitomo (SHI) Demag partners with second-largest Coca-Cola bottler in Chile

By Jenny Eagle

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SHI wins Envases CMF deal for Coca-Cola
Sumitomo (SHI) Demag has installed two high-speed El-Exis SP injection moulding machines at Chilean plastics processor Envases CMF production facility in Pudahuel, Chile.

Envases CMF is one of the largest packaging producers in Chile and the second-largest Coca-Cola bottler in Chile. It entered into a joint venture with Coca-Cola Embonor in 2012.

Screw caps for carbonated beverages

The machines will produce lightweight PCO 1881 screw caps for carbonated beverages.

Michael Uhrain, technical sales manager, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag in Europe, told FoodProductionDaily, this is the first time Envases CMF is molding beverage caps with these machines. 

This isn’t Envases CMF’s first venture into closure manufacturing.  They have been molding closures for non-beverage application for some time. This is their first venture into beverage closure manufacturing​.

They are making caps only for Coca-Cola​.”

The timeline for planning and completion of the production line for the 28mm lightweight caps for carbonated beverages with PCO 1881 was carried out by systems integrators, Canadian mould manufacturer StackTeck.

All-electric IntElect Smart range

It supplied 96-cavity moulds and was responsible for planning the entire line, including machinery, ancillary equipment, test and cooling systems in-line inspection, part transfer, internal and external part decoration and boxing systems.

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We were particularly impressed with how easily the machine integrated as part of the system. After millions of cycles our customer continues to be very happy with the performance and reliability​,” said Simon Martin, director, Closure Systems, StackTeck. 

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag recently introduced Series 5 of its all-electric IntElect Smart range. 

This newest version of the IntElect Smart machine (available in 50 -160 tonnes) overcomes the need for hydraulic cores, with accurate dosing and a precise ejector mechanism​,” added Uhrain.

According to Nigel Flowers, ND, UK, Sumitomo (SHI) Demag the moulding market is developing with a greater number of UK trade moulders expanding their portfolio and moving into precision sectors, such as packaging caps and closures.

In many instances, mass-produced components are getting smaller and more intricate while being produced on an industrial scale​,” said Flowers.

We’re entering an era where precision and quality aren’t confined to the electronic or medical device market and demand for shorter cycle times, coupled with energy efficiency savings and precision is driving customers towards eIMM’s (electric injection moulding machine)​.” 

Going all-electric is not just about reducing your CO² footprint, but about creating a sustainable manufacturing future​.”

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