Having opened in 2015, the Ball Packaging Plant in Lublin, Poland has established itself as one of the largest and most modern beverage can end plants in the world.
As part of the global Ball Corporation, the Lublin Plant helps serve the fast-growing Eastern European market.
Headquartered near Denver, Colorado, the Ball Corporation is a provider of metal packaging for beverages, foods and household products, and of aerospace and other technologies and services to commercial and governmental customers. Founded in 1880, the company employs more than 18,300 people worldwide from more than 100 locations.
The Ball Lublin plant produces three sizes of ends, primarily for the beverage market including large international customers.
Lublin Plant Manager Robert Granosik, said the can-end facility in Poland has been built in stages, beginning in 2015, with major equipment expansions in 2016 and 2018.
“In terms of Lublin capabilities, it is worth mentioning that we produce a variety of end sizes,” Granosik said. “Also we have laser coding capabilities and we are running SOT ends for some of our customers.”
The majority of the manufacturing cells at the Lublin plant feature either Minster SAS-H100 Shell presses, or Minster ECH-125 Conversion presses.
“I’m impressed with the reliability of Nidec Minster presses, especially as part of the Stolle Tetrad system,” Granosik said. “The presses create a stable process and repeatable quality results. We are able to get precision parts at incredible speeds.”
Radosław Puźniak, Production Manager at the Ball Lublin Plant, said press stability is important in meeting the high output demands.
“Performance of the machines is a very important part of being able to meet our production budgets,” Puźniak said. “And the Minster presses are very stable and dependable.”
As part of the global Nidec Press & Automation group of companies, Nidec Minster is able to utilize a highly responsive customer service network with numerous locations around the world. And as a leading innovator in the packaging Industry, Nidec Minster is able to offer its customers valuable technical support in addition to responsive field service and certified repair parts.
“Knowledgeable and experienced service is critical for press users,” Granosik said. “The speed of Minster presses is fantastic, however when we are facing an undefined technical problem the time pressure become enormous. And Minster is always quite responsive.”
“The contact with Minster is very important,” Puźniak added. “We are still learning, and look to Minster for the technical information that will help keep our presses running.”
With help from Nidec Minster, the Ball Lublin Plant looks to build on its record of quality, safety, and operational excellence while serving the European, Asian and African markets.