Pelican installs new injection molding machine, doubling down on US manufacturing

USA – Temperature-controlled packaging manufacturer Pelican Products has invested in a new injection moulder machine at its US-based factory.

Dubbed Thor, the new machine is claimed to be one of the largest in the Western US region. It is equipped with 3,000 tonnes (t) of clamp pressure that can produce a new Pelican case every 209 seconds.

The installation of Thor demonstrates Pelican’s commitment to manufacturing its products in the United States.

The new machine has now dethroned the company’s largest machine out of its 23 on the factory floor, moving the 1,800t Colossus to second place.

Kevin Miniard, Pelican’s Chief Operating Officer, stated that while Pelican is a global leader in protective cases, they strive to keep the majority of their production and workforce in the US.

“The investment in Thor is a testament to this commitment and their dedication to innovative solutions,” reiterated Miniard.

Pelican says Thor will enhance its production capabilities by allowing for the creation of larger cases at a faster pace without compromising on quality and durability.

The machine features six chambers designed for efficient and seamless material changes during the manufacturing process, enabling Pelican to meet evolving market demands.

The installation of Thor required the implementation of a custom crane and new infrastructure to facilitate its operation.

This investment will enable Pelican to continue providing high-performance protective cases, temperature-controlled packaging solutions, portable lighting systems, and rugged gear for professionals and outdoor enthusiasts.

Pelican operates a network of 23 international sales offices and 11 manufacturing facilities in 27 countries.

This investment comes at a time when the United States & Canada’s cold chain packaging market is on the rise and may cross US$ 21.8 billion by 2033, according to the Future Market Insights report.

By 2023, it is expected that the top 5 producers of cold chain packaging in the United States and Canada would account for 10% to 15% of the whole market.

Cold chain packaging is predicted to become increasingly popular in the meat, poultry, and seafood industries, as well as in the baking and confectionery sectors.

Increasing demand for more suitable shipping of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products resulted in advanced research for improved cold chain packaging insulation solutions.

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