Plastemat puts plusses together, enters EBM market


Gersh and Jackie Kauzil of Plastemat with their new baby, the large container blow moulding machine, and the supplier of the system, Bob Austen of Charles Rust & Associates

PLASTEMAT, the Johannesburg tool and die making and injection moulding business, entered new territory recently when it commissioned its first extrusion blow moulding machine.

Established by Gersh and Jackie Kauzil in 2005, Plastemat made the move in response to the downturn in the economy of late, deciding to diversify in order to offer a more comprehensive option.

They have invested in an EBM machine from Bob Austen of Charles Rust & Associates and are currently manufacturing 20 and 25-litre containers. Plastemat has already been servicing the engineering, industrial and retail market and has the advantage that it also has the injection moulding capacity to manufacture related components, such as closures. Plastemat also has a fully equipped computerised toolroom, where it is able to manufacture and maintain all moulds in-house.

The new blow moulder has allowed the Kya Sand-based company to enter a new market, and it has more projects in the pipeline for 2018 with the capability to manufacture other large hollow plastic parts and containers. The Chinese machine has proven to be both well designed, compact and fully capable of intricate changes to manufactured parts, whilst receiving excellent backup from Bob Austen and Charles Rust.

The family-owned business has grown extensively since inception and Plastemat continues to strive to provide the best possible quality and service, said Gersh.