Waiakea Hawaiian Volcanic Water makes a range of of bottle sizes from recycled PET with its new blow molding equipment from PET Technologies GmbH.

A Hawaiian bottled water company, which makes its bottles from recycled PET, has turned to Austrian blow molding machinery maker PET Technologies GmbH for new equipment.

Waiakea Hawaiian Water has installed a stretch blow molding machine, the APF-6004. that can turn out 6,000 bottles an hour, of up to 1.5 liters, using a four-cavity mold. Waiakea blow molds the PET bottles and they go straight to the filling line, according to Vladimir Tsallagov, export director for PET Technologies. The press can make 5,500 2-liter bottles an hour, he said.



Tsallagov said the blow molder uses is a combination of electrical and pneumatic components, all of them well-known European brands.

Because Waiakea is located in Hilo, Hawaii — far from most machinery suppliers — the company needed something that was reliable and could be adapted, PET Technologies said.

The Hawaiian supplier of high-end bottled water will make five bottle sizes, from 33 mililiters to 1,500 ml. The company bottles water from snowmelt and rain on the Mauna Loa Volcano. The thick-wall bottles are an azure color that resembles Hawaiian lagoons. Volcano peaks decorate the container shoulders.

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PET Technologies is based in Neunkirchen, Austria. The company builds its machinery in Chernihiv, Ukraine.

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