The moulds were all made by Beaubury Ltd who specialise in blow moulds and have the reputation of producing the highest quality of this type of mould in Europe.
All the moulds are marked with Beauburys reference number so wear parts such as striker plates, bushes, and de-flash punches can easily be obtained.
The moulds are made of a grade of aluminium derived from aircraft alloy specification which is harder that ‘regular’ aluminium but specially alloyed to resist the corrosive effects of ‘high Ph’ cooling water, some are also steel.
The bottle shapes were carefully designed to be similar to well-known brands but generic enough that there should not be any copyright issues.
Most moulds are twin-cavity on 125mm centres, and may include the holding mask and de-flash punch.
Although originally designed for Battenfeld-Fisher BFB-8 extrusion blow moulding machines to run regular HDPE material, simple back-plate modification should allow them to run on a wide range of machines.
The bottle shapes and size range are still in fashion and can be seen on most supermarket shelves.
The moulds would be ideal for a start-up company as it would enable them to have a market presence almost immediately without the expensive and time consuming market research, design work, copyright issues, and mould trials as all the moulds have been through a trials process.
The moulds could also be of interest to established blow moulders that would like to produce their own range of ‘stock bottles’
The advantage of producing a stock range is that the specification is decided by the blow moulder, not their customers and they can also be used to utilise spare machine capacity in the gaps between customer orders.
Many of the moulds are unused as they were purchased as back-ups to production moulds. Even the moulds that have been run show little or no signs of wear.