PLASTINTERNATIONAL, one of the most accomplished and longest established custom injection moulding
companies in Gauteng, recently took a leap into a new era – energy saving production.
Established in 1986 by Gianni Ambrosi, Plastinternational’s product range has extended steadily over the past three decades. Ambrosi Snr had cut his teeth in injection moulding even before that, from 1969, at PlastmouldInjecta where the famous ‘Aquanaut’ pool cleaner was developed and produced.
Operating out of Meadowdale, Johannesburg, and running machines from 20 ton up to 450 ton clamp force, Plastinternational manufactures products from as small as 0.0005kg up to approximately 1.9kg shot weight.
Gianni and his son Luca, together with their 35-strong team, have developed expertise in several areas, specifically the production of the company’s proprietary range of SABS approved ezeeFLOW™ plastic ball valves, pipe fittings and various components for water meter management systems.
With their customers being the number one focus, the Ambrosi’s began investigating leading edge alternatives to control ever increasing input costs in their plant. Over the last few years a major contributing factor has been the significant increases in electricity supply. This, together with labour costs, has driven up component prices in the local market and has opened the doors to “cheaper” imports, severely affecting the local manufacturing segment.
Plastinternational recently installed five brand new machines in what is the start of a major investment programme undertaken by Plastinternational. In order to best serve their customers as well as delivering to market price competitive products, they decided to implement energy saving technology which is now offered on Ferromatik Milacron injection moulding machines.
In this regard Plastinternational now has available capacity on the new 450T injection moulding machine. They are able to run moulds weighing up to 7 tons and have enough daylight to run moulds that usually run on machines up to 700 tons.
Plastinternational, together with their sister company, Atlas Plastics, is able to offer extrusion, rotational moulding and complete assembly lines.