Investment in automation boosts production at APPE’s U.K.-based plant


To prepare for its new owner, PET packaging giant, APPE (Wrexham, United Kingdom), has invested 10 million pounds ($15.2 million) into its Gresford, England, preform plan, marking it one of the largest investments in the Gresford plant since PET preform production began there just over 30 years ago.

According to a news release issued from the company, the investment will support the installation of five state-of-the-art Husky preform injection molding systems and the latest generation ancillary equipment including silos, resin drying systems and water chilling systems.

The installation of these machines resulted in a 1.5 billion unit annual capacity increase at the plant, taking the overall capacity to 8 billion units per year, or an average of just under 22 million per day.

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