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One-stage ISBM technology for polyolefins

One-stage ISBM technology for polyolefins
Nissei ASB, the world's leading manufacturer of one-stage stretch blow molding equipment, relies on Total's expertise in polymer raw materials to break into new markets in the packaging industry by expertly processing polypropylene into a PET-designed ISBM machine. Bottles for sports drinks, pharmaceuticals, food and baby nourishment are the projected market targets for this winning combination of ISBM technology and polyolefins.

"ISBM technology is amazing," explains Gabriela Quevedo Silvetti, Market Development Engineer for Rigid Packaging Applications at Total. "It enables not only multiple product size and shape manufacturing but also the smooth switch from one material to another, in this case from PET to PP, giving a lot of flexibility and opportunities for diverse applications. By collaborating with Nissei ASB, we can rapidly penetrate new markets for polyolefins using existing and performer ISBM machines. This is key to lowering investment costs for our customers".

Exhibited late last year at both the Eurasia Packaging and Plast Eurasia Fairs in Istanbul, Turkey, the ISBM machine Nissei ASB-12M - an energy-efficient, versatile and low-noise one-stage machine - demonstrated the processing of Total Lumicene Polypropylene, a resin specifically designed for the ISBM system.

Karel Keersmaekers-Michiels, Managing Director at Nissei ASB GmbH, stated, "The advantage of the ASB-12M machine is its improved capability for wide mouth jars and higher cavitation for many common bottle sizes. It incorporates advanced technology that results in superior energy efficiency. Moreover, processing Total Lumicene Polypropylene resin requires only a few ISBM machine parameter adaptations. This provides us opportunities to broaden market applications where PET could normally be technically limiting".