Indesit adds thermoforming line at Russian plant
By Richard Higgs
Posted 15 November 2012
European home appliance manufacturer Indesit Co. has launched a new Italian thermoforming line at its Russian refrigerators plant in Lipetsk, south western Russia.
Fabriano, Italy-based Indesit installed a new generation ‘SuperLine’ unit supplied by COMI Advanced Technology Systems of Ciserano, Italy. The high output unit is the facility’s ninth from COMI and is reported to deliver twice the output of the earlier thermoforming lines with a reported capacity of 180 pieces an hour.
The new line, introduced as part of a plant project to boost production, has five workstations with dual auto-download, preheating, heating, forming and unloading. It will turn out refrigerator moulded inner liners.
Indesit’s Lipetsk plant is the largest manufacturing refrigerators in Russia and the CIS countries with production of 1.5 million units a year. The company has a second plant in the district manufacturing washing machines, as well as the biggest white goods logistics centre in the Russian Federation and within Europe.
Indesit has reported sales growth of 1.5% in eastern Europe during the third quarter of 2012 in contrast to a wider contraction of the household appliances markets in the west of the region. Most growth was recorded in Russia, Poland and Turkey, it said.
In Poland, Indesit was due to invest around €30m to launch a new plastic components plant in Lodz this year. The facility is set to supply moulded parts to the company’s four appliance plants in Lodz and Radomsko, Poland.
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