The company is positioning itself to better serve the growing cosmetics and personal care industry, all the while focusing on efficiencies: “Quality is still number one for clients according to a recent plastics manufacturing survey with price coming in second and that's where Currier Plastics outperforms our competition,” says Steve Crawford, blow molding engineering manager at Currier Plastics, in a statement to the press.
Responding to client requests for containers made regionally using the latest technology, Currier Plastics is expanding its container making capabilities. “The addition of the larger tonnage machines opens the door for Currier Plastics to grow in the cosmetics, personal care, and food industries as they all use PET jars,” affirms Crawford.
New and potential clients expect the company to keep its Auburn, New York facility up-to-date. “Our current clients are always pushing for new technologies to help them grow their market share along with our new prospects who are looking for high quality domestic partners.”
Currier uses two types of blow molding processes at its plant: continuous extrusion blow molding and injection stretch blow molding. (The company also uses injection molding and offers engineering, prototyping, and tooling services.)
By the end of the Q2 this year the company will add 2 new Aoki injection stretch blow molding (ISBM) machines to its fleet. “Aoki is well respected in the molding community and known for producing the highest quality product,” Crawford notes.
Currier has invested in new machines that “will facilitate higher cavitation molds for wide mouth jar molding,” according to the press statement.
Last spring Currier added a CNC machine to it plant, which facilitates prototyping, is used for general mold modifications, and to make or repair spare parts for other container manufacturing machines.
The company invested in the Haas VF-4 Vertical Machining Center in May. Currier chose a Haas machine for this application because it interfaces with Mastercam programming software and many new employees are familiar with the machine, as universities that Currier recruits from train on Haas.