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Is in-House Blow Moulding Viable? Robin Enderby BMC Controls Ltd PLASTIC BOTTLES 2005 IMPROVING VALUE, FUNCTION AND PERFORMANCE 15-17 February 2005, Renaissance.

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1 Is in-House Blow Moulding Viable? Robin Enderby BMC Controls Ltd PLASTIC BOTTLES 2005 IMPROVING VALUE, FUNCTION AND PERFORMANCE February 2005, Renaissance Hotel, Düsseldorf, Germany Organised by Applied Market Information Ltd

2 Is in-House Blow Moulding Viable? Definition of In-house : A company that moulds their own bottles to fill with their own product

3 Is in-House Blow Moulding Viable? Purpose of this paper: 1.To give prospective in housers more information to make the best decision for their circumstances

4 Is in-House Blow Moulding Viable? Purpose of this paper: 2.To help existing in housers review the ongoing feasibility of their moulding operation

5 Is in-House Blow Moulding Viable? Purpose of this paper: 3.To help trade moulders advise potential in housers make the best decision

6 Is in-House Blow Moulding Viable? Why does any company want to go in-house in the first place? Because they think that the investment will yield significant savings

7 Is in-House Blow Moulding Viable? The viability of blow moulding, like any manufacturing process, is largely dependent on there being sufficient volume to justify the investment.

8 Is in-House Blow Moulding Viable?

9 Costing figures are often based on 90% machine utilisation – a figure that is very hard to achieve by even some of the best companies

10 Is in-House Blow Moulding Viable? Support is very important You sold me this car so I expect you to teach me how to drive it, how to maintain it, and how to change the engine when I want to.

11 Is in-House Blow Moulding Viable? Companies new to blow moulding should never buy a used machine, no matter how good the dealer says it is.

12 Is in-House Blow Moulding Viable? Essential equipment Blow Moulding machine Mould, die tooling, blow pin, and de-flash tooling for every bottle Granulator Scrap conveyor

13 Is in-House Blow Moulding Viable? Essential equipment Hopper loader/ mixer Bins to hold regrind Raw material storage bins Conveyors

14 Is in-House Blow Moulding Viable? Optional equipment Bottle packing machine Leak tester

15 Is in-House Blow Moulding Viable? Storage Boxes to store bottles in Somewhere to put all the boxes Fork lift truck Pallet trolley Strong racking for mould storage Bulk silo for material storage?

16 Is in-House Blow Moulding Viable? Services Chiller/Piping Compressor/Piping Compressed air drier Compressed air chiller

17 Is in-House Blow Moulding Viable? Serious amount of electrical power

18 Is in-House Blow Moulding Viable? People Training Workshop facilities for die cleaning/general maintenance

19 Is in-House Blow Moulding Viable? Q.C. Equipment Accurate weigh scales near the machine More accurate weigh scales in QC room Top load strength tester/height gauge

20 Is in-House Blow Moulding Viable? Torque tester Colour matching instrument Wall thickness measuring device Thread gauges

21 Is in-House Blow Moulding Viable? Finishing Equipment Flame treatment for print preparation Sleeving machine / printing equipment Labelling machine

22 Is in-House Blow Moulding Viable? Spare parts for all the above

23 Is in-House Blow Moulding Viable? Polyethylene Masterbatch

24 Is in-House Blow Moulding Viable? Start by producing Core Products (The long run products) This might create problems with suppliers of remaining products

25 Is in-House Blow Moulding Viable? Problems Reduced quality Unforeseen costs Efficiency less that expected

26 Is in-House Blow Moulding Viable? Problems Shortage of skilled personnel Technology becomes dated/obsolete Raw material availability and price

27 Is in-House Blow Moulding Viable? Problems Vulnerability to market demand

28 Is in-House Blow Moulding Viable? Getting out of In-House blow moulding Various solutions to be considered: Find hole in the wall partner Sell machines and contract to supply back to the trade. Contract-out all manufacturing

29 Is in-House Blow Moulding Viable? Who got out? A.E. Adams, Alida-Gibbs, Bowater, Body Shop, Bissell,Colgate-Palmolive, Century Oils, Cheeseborough-Ponds, Diversified Products, Deb Chemicals, Domestic Liquids, GW Chemicals, Morrises Oil, Jeyes, Lanstar Coatings, Turtle Wax Johnsons Wax, Lyons, Thermos, Chad Valley, Rollo, Palitoy, Nicol, Key Terrain, Numerous dairies

30 Is in-House Blow Moulding Viable? Whos in-house? Alberto CulverBoots Comma OilConstance Carol RicohReckittSanmex Supreme SaltTalbot Chemicals

31 Is in-House Blow Moulding Viable? Conclusions To be viable there must be sufficient quantities of containers required to run a multi-machine plant virtually 24/7/12/365 Never underestimate the investment required, or the ongoing investment to keep the operation viable

32 Is in-House Blow Moulding Viable? Remember the words of a Unilever manager: We can buy bottles in the UK, with the quality we expect, at a price were prepared to pay, delivered when we need them

33 Is in-House Blow Moulding Viable? Thank you for your time and patience. Robin Enderby BMC Controls Ltd. Manufacturers of container leak testers, bottle handing automation. Agents for Moog Servovalves and Control Systems


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