Gene Flockerzi (left), global PET general manager, and Jamie Jamison, PET product manager, check out the control enhancements on an EnergySmart PET drying system.

To provide PET processors with products and services to meet their unique requirements, Cranberry Township, Pa.-based Conair Group has formed a multi-disciplinary team that includes representatives from engineering, sales, project management and service, as well as personnel in China and India. The team, which has nearly 150 years of combined experience, is headed by Gene Flockerzi, who has been promoted to global PET general manager.

"The entire PET material-handling and conditioning process is critical to making quality products. Processors -- including those that produce bottles, preforms, sheet, fiber and strapping -- have special needs that Conair is well-positioned to answer,” Flockerzi commented. “Formation of the new team is the latest of several recent initiatives aimed at supporting PET processors around the world.”

In 2007, Conair introduced the EnergySmart polymer drying system, which gives users control over the entire drying process. Early in 2008, Conair joined with Husky Injection Molding Systems to allow for closer integration and joint development of Husky’s injection molding systems and Conair’s plastics auxiliaries systems.

The rest of the team consists of Pete Stoughton, an expert on polymer drying, and Jamie Jamison, PET product manager, who will focus on application development and function; Blake Steele, P.E., PMP, who will be PET project manager responsible for coordinating all aspects of a customer’s order; Jeff Conrad, PET applications engineer, responsible for identifying system components and pricing; and John Hoover, a parts analyst, and Greg Carter, a service specialist, who will coordinate delivery of any post-installation technical support or spares. To further assist customers in Asia, Satish Godse works out of the NuVu-Conair joint-venture factory in Ahmadabad, India, and Winson Huang will coordinate PET projects from Conair’s China headquarters in Shanghai.