May 7, 2018 – Husky Injection Molding Systems, a leading industrial technology provider to the plastics processing industry, announced organizational changes to realign its business to support customers in response to evolving market trends and changing consumer demands. Husky has taken the step of combining its Beverage Packaging business and Specialty Packaging business under one new consolidated business called Rigid Packaging. This change will allow the company to offer a wider range of solutions and services to both Consumer Packaged Goods brands and plastics processors.
Husky leveraged its 1,100 square meters exhibit space at NPE2018 (May 7-11 in Orlando, Florida) to showcase its new structure and demonstrate how it has reorganized to better serve customers.
“These are exciting times. This organizational change, along with the leadership team we’ve put in place, will help us align our sales organization to get even closer to customers, solution their growing base of needs and become more agile in responding to the changing market environment,” said John Galt, Husky’s President and CEO. “These changes also support the company’s current growth strategies of strengthening our business in developed markets, accelerating our business in developing markets, building on our strong innovation pipeline, and driving operational improvements.”
Robert Domodossola will lead Husky’s new Rigid Packaging business. Mr. Domodossola was formerly President of Husky’s Medical and Specialty Packaging Systems business and was appointed to this position in April of 2017. Since joining Husky in 1996, he has progressed through a number of design and engineering management roles. Bringing these two businesses together under Robert’s leadership will enable Husky to be more nimble in responding to market needs. “I’m energized by the opportunities we see to leverage our strength and leadership position in beverage and specialty packaging,” said Mr. Domodossola. “Our key focus moving forward is to build upon our success and understanding of these markets to continue developing integrated manufacturing solutions that more broadly serve our customers’ needs and support their growth initiatives.”
Husky highlights solutions for Rigid Packaging at NPE2018: For 65 years, Husky has remained an industry leader by proactively understanding consumer trends and their impact on global markets. Most recently, consumers globally are demanding increased variety in their choice of beverage, which is leading to a proliferation of new products to meet this need.
Now the company is looking beyond just offering more efficient processing equipment and toward the total end-to-end lifecycle of injection molding equipment and plastic molded parts. Today and in the future, plastic packaging and molded parts will require more flexible and adaptive manufacturing solutions, as well as new business models, that support growth of both brands and plastics processors alike.
On its booth at NPE2018, Husky was running a HyPET® 225 preform manufacturing system. The HyPET® 225 system was producing an 11.6 gram preform using FuTuRe-PET® ES11 (A) R-10 at a 6.2 second cycle time and using a 48-cavity mold. According to Husky, the 11.6 gram preform design is capable of yielding seven different small-format bottle designs in a variety of shapes, sizes and applications, ranging from juices and teas to dairy applications. Highlighting Husky’s expertise in package solutions, the preform uses a 32 mm neck finish. Resin for production of the preforms was supplied courtesy of Indorama.
Husky’s booth showcased key partnerships with industry leaders, focusing on premium package designs with unique colors, shapes and functionality. Some highlighted partnership packages featured Husky’s breakthrough Multi-Layer Technology. In addition, for the first time in North America, Solvay Specialty Polymers was demonstrating its new Verian™ High Barrier Polyester (HBP) on Husky’s booth. Verian™ HBP is an innovative, recyclable material that will enable a new generation of sustainable packaging solutions for PET bottles and films.
“Over the last several years, we have invested significantly to further advance our already state-of-the-art equipment. These investments have led to exciting developments in our Multi-Layer Technology, our Hot Runner Valve Gate Technology and in how we deliver complete tools, components, replacement parts and value added services to our customers. We will always invest in research and development and in building valuable partnerships to be the innovation leader. It’s simply how we define ourselves,” said John Galt.
Breakthrough Multi-Layer Technology: According to Husky, its Multi-Layer Technology offers enhanced package performance, security and design, while using less material, to deliver a lower total part cost and a lower total cost of ownership. The technology uses activated light, temperature and decorative effects to create premium appeal and product personalization while still providing a functional package with optimal shelf life and at a lower total cost, Husky claims. Momentum for Husky’s Multi-Layer Technology continues, with now more than 30 systems sold around the world for a breadth of applications, including carbonated soft drinks, juice, sparkling water, beer, tea, dairy, food and personal care. The company has seen increased demand from customers looking to explore new applications, capitalizing on the design freedom that the technology provides.
“As an industry leader we are able to support our customers’ ability to design and deliver packaging that responds to the demands of a rapidly changing society. This includes the need for flexible solutions that are more sustainable,” said Dave Morton, Husky’s Vice President of Multi-Layer Technology. “Our Multi-Layer Technology, paired with new recyclable barrier materials, delivers on this need by providing a functional package that protects the product more efficiently from both a material and total cost perspective.”
Husky’s Multi-Layer Experience Center at NPE2018 highlighted the technology’s capability for various application requirements, including barriers for light, oxygen and carbon dioxide, as well as bottles with new design and functional treatments that enhance shelf-appeal.
The company was also highlighting its PET Tooling technologies and services. And, at the Bottle Zone Technical Forum, new this year at NPE2018, there were presentations from Husky subject matter experts throughout the duration of the show.
Additionally, Husky was discussing the range of services and OEM spare parts it offers, designed to optimize the production process while extending the life of manufacturing equipment and reducing total part costs.
Solutions to serve different markets
A significant highlight of the Husky experience at NPE2018 was its Valve Gate Hot Runner innovations which, according to Husky, provides gate quality over millions of cycles with reduced cost of ownership.
Husky is one of the largest injection molding tool manufacturers in the world providing tooling for a variety of markets, including medical, food, beverage, home care, personal and beauty care. Part of the exhibit showcased the company’s integrated manufacturing capabilities for the medical market, which include Husky machines and Schöttli medical molds.
Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd. is a leading global supplier of injection molding equipment and services to the plastics industry. The company has more than 40 service and sales offices, supporting customers in over 100 countries. Husky’s manufacturing facilities are located in Canada, the United States, Luxembourg, Austria, Switzerland, China, India and the Czech Republic.