December 18, 2012
SIPA partners with Athena Automation to launch new ground-breaking PET preform injection molding machines
After an initial period of cooperation in designing an innovative product line for making preforms, SIPA along with Athena Automation, founded by Robert Schad, have agreed to formalize their partnership. The goal of the partnership is to use synergies between the two companies to build a leading global product line and service organization.
Athena Automation’s facility is located north of Toronto, Canada where they have been developing and validating a new technology for the PET market.
Athena has been working for three years on a production platform that will raise the bar in terms of reliability. Features that make the Athena machine stand out are fast cycles, improved accuracy, increased uptime, smaller footprint, lower power consumption, and design simplicity. Athena and SIPA have been working together for several months, fine tuning the system.
Mr. Schad, owner of Athena, and Mr. Zoppas, owner of SIPA Zoppas Industries, announcing their partnership
SIPA will manage the sales, service and integration of all Athena PET preform machines on an exclusive worldwide basis, with Athena’s support. This arrangement strengthens SIPA’s base and rounds up their product line from low cavitation, multi mold change applications to high volume production of beverage preforms.
This past year at the NPE exhibition in Orlando, Florida, SIPA introduced the XFORM injection molding system that is capable of handling molds with upwards of 96 cavities. The new Athena machines are an ideal complement to XFORM.
We expect the agreement will enhance the natural synergy between SIPA and Athena, resulting in a new benchmark for the PET market.