The Windsor Machines stand at the Plastasia 2017 exhibition at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi from 8 to 1 July 2017, was one of the biggest as the company displayed two large toggle injection molding machines—a 200 ton machine for producing 5 liter capacity paint container (for Asian Paints) and a 700 ton machine for producing 1.5 kg capacity vegetable crates. We met Manoj Singh, deputy general manager of Windsor Machines, for an update on the company’s experience at the show and to gain insight into its overall area of operations.
Based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, Windsor Machines manufactures injection molding machines, multi-layer blown film lines and pipe extrusion lines in India. The company has a global footprint with offices in many countries including Italy, Venezuela, Iraq, Iran, Nepal, and the Middle East. Windsor’s technology partners include Kuhne GmbH of Germany for blown film line s and it acquired Italtech of Italy in 2016 with the technology rights.
Singh said that the response Windsor received at the exhibition has been exhilarating and the company also signed a few orders for its machines across all segments of its product portfolio. He said that customers generally tended to overlook any likely impact of GST on their purchases and more so in this segment as it has hardly seen any change in the tax rate as compared to the earlier tax regime. On a lighter note, Singh said that the icing on the cake for Windsor Machines at the event was winning the top award among participants at Plastasia 2017.
Rajoo Engineers does good business at Plastasia 2017
At the Rajoo Engineers stand at Plastasia, we met Vinod Kumar Gupta, assistant general manager – sales, to get an update on how the company fared at the event and how it sees the market evolving in the months ahead. Although the company had no machinery on display at its stand, it managed to draw healthy footfalls besides striking some solid deals, according to Gupta.
The Rajkot-based company specializes in plastic extrusion technology as well as irrigation and lab equipment. However, it is extrusion technology centered activities like blown film lines, sheet lines and thermoformers that are the company’s USP. Gupta said that for blown film lines, Rajoo Engineers has partnered up with Hosokawa Alpine AG from Germany while for PS foam extrusion and thermoforming, the company has a tie-up with US-based Commodore LLC, a leading global player in extrusion technology.
Rajoo Engineers has several branches across the country, including cities like Chennai, Bengaluru, Secunderabad, Ahmedabad, Delhi and Kolkata. Gupta shared that almost half of the company’s revenue comes from exports of its products to over 56 countries. Talking about the implication of GST on is company, Gupta stated that Rajoo Engineers is looking at rapid growth in the months ahead and is fully GST-ready.
Anest Iwata Motherson makes India its global hub for conventional compressors
The Anest Iwata Motherson stand at Plastasia 2017 had a new product on display—a screw compressor, which can generate air up to 12-13 bars and has been designed specifically for shop floors with low pressure air requirement. Pramod K Singh, assistant general manager – sales and marketing of Anest Iwata Motherson said that the 90-year old company from Japan is a well-known manufacturer of air compressors in India where it has been operating for the past 17 years.
A critical aspect of any industry, more so the plastic, packaging and printing industries, at Plastasia, Anest focused on high-pressure compressors as well as lubricated and oil-free low-pressure compressors. The company also offered its booster compressor for high-pressure air requirement. Singh said that overall, the company’s range of air compressors can meet the needs of a variety of industry segments including plastics, packaging and printing industries that are already being serviced by it.
Anest operates out of two plants—one at Noida and the other at Greater Noida. In terms of competition, there are many domestic and global players competing in the same space, but for their range of compressors, it is Coimbatore-based Healthy Equipment and Ingersoll Rand India, an American company operating out of Ahmadabad, that are Anest’s primary competitors. In terms of market share, Anest accounts for around 20% of the market in its core area although the overall market share varies depending on the industry and specific requirements of the customers.
Singh was happy at the response that his company received at Plastasia and more importantly he closed some good deals at the show. He emphasized Anest’s strong after-sale servicing that makes it stand above competition in its sphere. Two-thirds of Anest’s products are exported to the company’s global factories. For the conventional basic rotating compressors, Anest has made India its global manufacturing hub from where these compressors are exported to various parts of the world.
PetPlast India launches 6,000 bottles/hr machine with B&R motion control
Faridabad-based PetPlast India is well known in the PET blow molding machinery sector. With branches in Kolkata, Madurai and Chennai, the company is particularly focused on after-sales service, which has now become a hallmark of PetPlast India. Ashish Narang, marketing manager, PetPlast India, said that the company was able to close a few deals with some major customers at the show. Narang asserted that his company is just harvesting the gains of “a lot of investment” that went into research, development and purchase of critical technology that gave their fully automatic PET blow molding machine, launched and displayed at their stand, a clear edge over other machines in the same category.
PetPlast India’s new four cavity fully pneumatic machine can produce up to 6,000 bottles per hour and has a cycle time of 3.25 seconds. In the 500 ml water bottle segment, weighing 19 grams, generally other machines in the market cannot make more than 3,600 bottles an hour. In that sense, PetPlast India’s pneumatic machine is much faster and more productive. A lot of research went into the making of the machine, which works on multiple systems to move the preform for loading and stretching. “This is rather beneficial for customers as they will save a lot on per bottle cost of production,” shared Narang.
He said that the machine has been upgraded with technological improvements following PetPlast India’s technological tie-up with B&R of Austria. The tie-up helped second line improvements in the machine’s motion control system. Hence, along with multiple server systems, the machine also features excellent air recovery system wherein it recovers a large part of the air that goes out via exhaust and then recycles it as low pressure air. The other notable feature of this machine is remote monitoring of workflow via a mobile app. PetPlast India is a nine year old company based in Faridabad, Haryana and has quickly grown to become a well established supplier of PET blow molding machinery.