Sipa's marketing manager Roberta Gualtieri pointed to a strong year for the Italian firm

Companies from Russia and Ukraine have shown considerable interest in Western European technology at this week’s BrauBeviale exhibition in Nuremberg, Germany, according to Italian machinery manufacturers Sipa and SMI.

Speaking to Plastics in Packaging at the show, Sipa’s marketing manger Roberta Gualtieri also explained how the company has performed above expectations this year on an innovative and sales level: “This year has been great for us, with a 10 per cent increase on sales compared to the previous year.”

Gualtieri also discussed the firm’s recent open house in Vittorio Veneto, Italy, which drew customers from all over the world for a first look at a line taking PET pellets to filled and capped bottles via Sipa’s XTREME preform injection-compression moulding, bottle blowing, and Flextronic filling.

“They were also able to see a brand-new baby stretch-blow moulding machine, which is already up and running,” she added.

Meanwhile, SMI Group’s marketing manager Pietro Volpi echoed the sentiments about Russian and Ukraine customers at Brau, where his company demonstrated its EBS K ERGON rotary stretch-blow moulder.

Volpi said: “It is the ideal solution for manufacturing PET containers in the output range up to 9,000 bottles per hour and offers all the benefits of rotary technology. It is very compact with the preform-heating section integrated with the stretch-blow moulding section into a single module, which is easily accessible thanks to an ergonomic frame equipped with slightly rounded safety doors.”