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Automa Acquired Out of Liquidation By Fellow Italian Firm

The Italian manufacturer of blow molding machinery has been acquired by a fellow Italian company, which services, rebuilds and sells used blow molding machines.


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On Sept. 26, OverEngineering S.r.l. took over fellow Italian firm, Automa S.p.A., acquiring the manufacturer of blow molding machinery out of liquidation and forming AUTOMA BM S.r.l. on Oct. 1. Giorgia Dolzani of AUTOMA BM S.r.l. told Plastics Technology that as of that date the “design, planning and production of the historical hydraulic and electric Automa machines” transfered to the new company, which is managed by OverEngineering, a Cadriano, Italy based business that provides spare parts and service to blow molding equipment, including machine overhauls and used machine sales.


“AUTOMA is still alive, managed by another board, but continuing with the production of blow molding machines,” Dolzani said.


At this time, the new AUTOMA and OverEngineering are focused on reorganizing the former Automa team, including key staff in sales, technical, manufacturing and service roles. Dolzani also said that going forward the company’s technical staff is actively working on upgrading and improving the existing hydraulic and electric lines, as well as reintroducing the company’s accumulator head machines series.


Automa was founded in 1972 by Vittorio Gentili, owner of Italian consumer goods company Panigal, to build blow molding machines in support of Panigal’s liquid detergent product. Soon after, the company began selling its machines outside Panigal and the Italian market. In 2011, it opened a technical center in Appleton, Wisc., its second venture into the North American market after an attempt to create a foothold in the 1990s. In 1988, Luca Canossi, Gentili's nephew, took over the company. Canossi passed away in 2008.


The company manufactures continuous shuttle-style extrusion blow molding machines, accumulator head machines, injection stretch blow molding machines, and injection blow molding machines, making containers from PE, HDPE, PP, PC, PETG and PVC in sizes from 20-ml to 30-liters for the cosmetic, pharmaceutical, household/industrial cleaner and food segments.