MJH’s Ricky Lazenby and Argento owner Navesh Singh
ARGENTO Plastic Manufacturers of Durban recently celebrated the commissioning of three new Haixing injection moulding machines supplied by MJH Machine Tools.
Based in the Queensmead Industrial area, Argento specialises in the manufacture of thin-wall, tamper-evident plastic containers in various sizes for the food and chemical industries; it manufacturers other products besides, including plastic spools for the clothing industry.
Argento’s young and dynamic management team is headed up by Navesh Singh and his wife Rachel. The company is ISO and HACCP compliant with ISO 9001:2015 quality management and ISO 22000:2005 food safety management certification in place.
Navesh says MJH’s advice, service and follow-through has been invaluable.
“MJH were able to supply machines according to our specifications, and pricing was in our favour too. The servo motors and pumps are German and Japanese, which is the core of the injection moulding machines,” he adds.
What started out as a small injection moulding business in 2007 with just two Ferromatik machines manufacturing honey jar caps has grown rapidly: Argento now boasts 14 injection moulding machines, but for the time being will only use the three new Haixings. It is currently constructing a new factory, with a production area of 3000m² over three storeys, in Queensmead and the plan is for the older machines to be brought back into use once the move is complete.
Navesh remembers how it all progressed after starting with the production of the the honey caps: “Rachel, my wife, was running the factory at the time and I had to learn quickly about injection moulding and began to help improve the business. My first step was to introduce new moulds and, after some hard thinking, I decided disposable, tamper-evident thin-walled products were going to be my target. To accomplish this, I had no choice but to leave South Africa and source moulds overseas.”
Argento’s staff complement soon grew to 30 and the company opened two sales branches in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
However, with the commissioning of the new Haixing machines, Argento now employs just six staff members, thanks to the automated systems that Navesh designed and implemented on the factory floor. With his electronic engineering background, Navesh designed the system so that the robots and conveyor belts “talk to each other,” thereby alleviating the need for additional staff.
The plan is to expand the company’s range of machines and robots, with in-mould labelling the next big investment, and Navesh is optimistic that Argento will be able to supply international markets in the near future.