PET blow moulding technology specialist FlexBlow is set to expand its Lithuania machinery manufacturing site, launching a new 3,500m2 plant this summer.
Its new facility, being constructed alongside the firm's existing 10,000m2 operation at Kretinga in northwestern Lithuania, is scheduled to start production during July.
Family-owned Terekas UAB, which trades under the FlexBlow name, is a leader in two-stage PET stretch blow moulding technology. It plans to build its 12,000 bottles per hour 8-cavity FlexBlow Hybrid SBM machine for 10 ml to 1.5 litre bottle sizes at the new unit.
Production should be transformed there with processes and operations based on the Industry 4.0 concept including real-time data collection and localisation during manufacture, according to the firm.
Its upgraded operation will include a new dedicated in-house testing laboratory along with 3D printers for creating both metal and plastic line components.
FlexBlow, formed in 1994 as a PET bottle moulder and still a leading Nordic PET container supplier, is focused on continual development of its machine technology. The company aims to respond to market needs, which include shrinking PET bottle production batches and a growing demand for in-house container output flexibility.
Terekas's owners, brothers Juozas and Almantas Maksvytis developed their own range of blow moulding machines after years of repairing the moulding equipment it had purchased with standard bought-in parts.
Now, the firm is largely self-sufficient in machine components with a well-equipped off-site plant capable of supplying the necessary metal parts in-house.
Today, FlexBlow is supplying its moulding machinery to other processors across Europe, in the US and in Canada, while selling its range of PET containers and preforms into the markets of Scandinavia and the Baltic states.
Processors employing FlexBlow equipment are currently producing more than one billion PET bottles and jars globally, the company estimates.