The popularity of bottled waters and sports drinks continues to boost sales for bottlers and container manufacturers alike. To enter this market San Jose CA-based custom blow molder Premier Plastics purchased a 10-cavity machine to produce bottles of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). That machine injection/stretch blow molded 13 million 1/2-liter bottles last year. This year production is expected to nearly quadruple to 53 million bottles. The huge increase stems from the installation of a 24-cavity ASB-300DP from Nissei ASB Machine (Atlanta GA). Premier's machine says the supplier is among the first of that model operating in the U.S. At Premier it joins forces with a 10-cavity Nissei 650 biaxial orientation stretch/blow-molding unit that enabled the molder to sell PET bottles in late '94 (see PW August '95 p. 36). "Last summer" recalls general manager Jim Campbell "when we were making plans to add the Nissei 300 to produce the 1/2-liter bottles we expected to use the 650 to produce 1-liter bottles but the demand for 1/2-liters has been so strong that we couldn't put the 1-liter mold on that machine. Our plan now is to add a third Nissei this fall another 650 machine to run the 1-liter bottles. And we still hope to round out the family with a 1.5-liter bottle in the future."