Quality and customer focus is at the very core of the Astrapak Group and their investment into state-of-the-art technology that has been introduced to Astrapak’s Pak2000 plant in Westmead, KwaZulu-Natal, ticks all the boxes as the company strives for “zero defect” in the automotive market.
Pak2000 General Manager, Ricky Alli, explains that the latest equipment offers advanced technological abilities and sets Astrapak apart when it comes to the manufacture of their 5-litre automotive packaging range. The new investment also supports the business continuity plan as they look to increase volume with the cutting-edge technology.
“The new machine offers advanced extrusion and moulding technology and performs admirably in terms of our on-time-in-full score, reduces stock loss and most importantly, provides and exceptional finished product enhancing customer satisfaction,” said Alli.
What really adds immense value is that moulds that are currently used on their existing machines are fully interchangeable with their latest asset. “This is a massive bonus as it provides us with a backup of machines in the case of the breakdown.”
Alli also explained that the Pak2000 manufacturing site has demonstrated their ability to deliver on targets that had been set and that it was rewarding to be supported by management in the investment of the new machine.
“The environmental benefits are also optimised due to the machine being fully electric as opposed to the conventional hydraulic machines, which reduces energy consumption and adds to improving our carbon footprint,” he said.
Due to the limitations of plastic conversion, zero defect is not easily achieved. Astrapak’s investment in superior technology however brings them ever closer to zero defect in the automotive market.