Italian machinery maker SMI Group has been named one of 11 National Winners from 189 businesses representing Italy at The European Business Awards.

The EBS K ERGON stretch-blow moulder was chosen by a panel of independent judges including senior business leaders, politicians and academics as the best in Italy in the category Awards for Innovation, and will now go on to represent Italy in this category in the final stage of the competition.

“The SMI EBS K ERGON stretch-blow moulder integrates three of the main wet area operations into a single block, making it possible to achieve optimum performance at reduced costs for the production, filling and capping of rigid containers of up to three-litre,” marketing manager Pietro Volpi recently told Plastics in Packaging.

He added: “This solution does not require connecting conveyors between the stretch-blow moulder and the filler, and in most cases, not even a rinser (the empty bottles are blown, filled and capped on the same machine without risk of contamination from the external environment).”

Robert Scheid, director for Italy and Malta at Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) in Milan, added: “It’s no surprise that Italy has a solid foundation of innovative companies. We are honoured to present the award for International Expansion and look forward to supporting these businesses as they grow and expand into new markets.”