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W. Amsler marks 25th anniversary

W. Amsler Equipment Inc. is celebrating its 25th anniversary as a leading manufacturer of all-electric stretch blow moulding machinery for the plastics industry.

The company, founded by Swiss-born Werner Amsler, a veteran of the plastic industry, has grown from humble beginnings to its current position as a strategic global supplier of blow molding machinery for the production of plastic containers.

Amsler emigrated to the US in the 1960s and started his plastics career in 1970 as a mold maker, later working for Bekum. He established the highly successful blow molding company Swissplas Ltd. which was sold to Monarch Plastics in 1987. W. Amsler Enterprises Inc. was founded in 1990, offering technical consulting and R&D.

In 1994, Amsler started W. Amsler Equipment in Concord, Ontario, to focus on fully electric machines.

Pushing the boundaries

The trademarks of Amsler machinery are highly repeatable processing, energy savings, and a 75 percent reduction in maintenance costs. One of Amsler’s primary beliefs is that company owners should be able to sleep at night while their machines keep running efficiently. Amsler said: “Our success has been built by the many great employees whose steady focus on innovation have lifted our company to new heights … Our simple formula has been to stay ahead of the curve in terms of technology, and meeting the needs of our customers in terms of quality, productivity, and sustainability.”

The company has machines in 18 countries and its first all-electric L22 model machine, built-in 1996, is still running today. Other technology achievements include the 2002 launch of the L16 single-cavity with 6L capacity and the 2010 introduction of the L32 convertible machine with adjustable cavitation for different bottle sizes. At NPE 2018, the company launched its next-generation L42X all-electric reheat machine with preferential heating, neck orientation, and hot-fill capabilities.

W. Amsler received the 2010 Plastics Innovator Award from the Canadian Plastics Industry Association. Today at 74, Amsler plays an active role as President while directing application work and machine development projects. He is joined by four other family members in running the company, including his wife, daughter, and son.

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