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Sabic is reinforcing its activities in the plastics caps and closures (C&C) market. At the Plastic Closures Innovations Conference in Berlin on May 22-24, where Sabic was the headline sponsor, the company discussed its new Caps & Closures Industry segment, launched at the beginning of the year. It also introduced its latest materials and solutions for drink, food and non-food packaging caps and closures, and outlined its latest measures for addressing issues in the circular economy.

CarbonLite Holdings LLC has announced that PET bottle-to-bottle recycling company CarbonLite will build a new plant, to be located in the state of Pennsylvania. This facility will enable the company to increase the number of post-consumer PET beverage bottles it recycles annually by 50 percent – to more than 6 billion. The new $60 million plant is scheduled for startup in late 2019.

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Bühler successfully closed the sale of 80% of the Polymetrix shares to Sanlian Hope as per March 22, 2018. The Bühler Group remains a minority shareholder with 20% of the Polymetrix shares.

Petainer, manufacturer of one-way PET kegs, is partnering with Blue PET in Brazil to start manufacturing petainerKeg - its global family of keg products which are increasingly being used by breweries for draught beer. Blue PET, which specialises in producing bulk volume PET containers such as 5USG refillable bulk water packaging, will begin manufacturing at its new plant in Tijucas, Santa Catarina, in the South of Brazil in early June 2018. The blow moulding plant will serve the domestic market as well becoming the manufacturing hub for the South American region serving emerging markets in Argentina, Uruguay and others.

The Erema Group closed the 2017/18 fiscal year at the end of March with double-digit growth of over 10 per cent. The companies integrated in the Group have once again achieved a new turnover record with consolidated sales reaching 155 million euros for the first time.

Mould & Matic Solutions GmbH, a specialist in tool and plant engineering for the packaging industry, is keeping abreast with the global success of the Kiefel Group and on May 2, 2018, launched the expansion of the site in Micheldorf. Completion is scheduled for May 2019.

The European Federation of Bottled Waters (EFBW) announced four industry-wide pledges that aim to increase the collection of PET bottles and the use of recycled PET. This will accelerate the shift towards a more circular European economy.

Husky Injection Molding Systems announced organisational changes to proactively realign its business to support customers in response to evolving market trends and changing consumer demands. Husky has taken the step of combining its Beverage Packaging business and Specialty Packaging business under one new consolidated business called Rigid Packaging. This change will allow the company to offer a wider range of solutions and services to both Consumer Packaged Goods brands and plastics processors.

Werner & Mertz, Alpla and Der Grüne Punkt have been cooperating successfully on the Recyclate-Initiative for many years. The three partners will present the project to an international audience at the PLMA ‘World of Private Label’ trade show on 29 and 30 May. At their joint stand (stand N-3722 in hall 8), they will illustrate the entire cycle of a PET or HDPE bottle made from recycled material – from collection of the plastic waste and processing of the recycled plastics into new packaging through to placing the product on the shop shelf.

May 14, 2018 | Sound cap bottle

Himalayan Sparkling, India premium mineral sparkling water introduces a unique packaging innovation for its limited-edition ‘sound cap’ bottles, that are designed to play the sound of wind from the upper reaches of the Himalayas when you twist open the cap of the bottle.

Gneuss, West Hall 6473, Gneuss Extrusion Technology will show a Gneuss Processing Unit (GPU) including a Multi Rotation System MRS 130 extruder, a fully automatic melt filtration system RSFgenius 150 and an online viscometer VIS, for the processing of 2,000lbs/h of undried and uncrystallised polyester (PET).

Retal’s major investment in state-of-the-art equipment at its facility near Pittsburg has enabled this leading packaging manufacturer to deliver preforms to make the ‘glass-like look’ of PET using recycled PET - commonly known as rPET.

W. Amsler Equipment Inc.,South Hall 21076, a leading supplier of all-electric linear PET stretch blow moulders, will introduce its next-generation four-cavity all-electric reheat stretch blow moulder. The company will also exhibit its newly-enhanced leak tester that inspects bottles from 10ml-23l and its standalone spin trimmer for both stretch- and extrusion-blown containers. W. Amsler also announced that General Manager Bruce Coxhead will give a presentation entitled “Linear Blow Molding of Non-Conventional Barrier Containers” at NPE’s Bottle Zone Technical Forum on Wednesday, May 9, at 10.45a.m.

SMI,South Hall 16085, SMI has announced the extension of its Ergon EBS (Electronic Blowing System) range of stretch-blow moulders with the launch of the Ergon EBS K and Ecobloc Ergon 4-12-4 K EV models. New new models offer advanced technology in a compact modular footprint. The machines were presented for the first time at Interpack 2017 and will make their North American debut at NPE.

May 09, 2018 | Fastest neck change

FlexBlow, South Hall 10169, n the highly saturated market of PET SBM machines one need to possess a competitive advantage against other manufacturers to gain customers’ attention and trust. FlexBlow claims that the latest 2018 two cavity FlexBlow2 model is the most universal 2-stage PET SBM machine on the market. It enables the production of wide range of PET containers possible on one piece of equipment with necks ranging from 18mm up to 110mm and bottle volumes from 50ml up to 6,000ml.

May 09, 2018 | Closures on top

Corvaglia, South Hall 36150, Corvaglia, a leading supplier of closure solutions for PET bottles, will be present at the NPE2018. A team of experts will be delighted to discuss possible solutions with visitors at the company’s booth. Corvaglia offers a great variety of closures, closure designs and closure moulds for the PET bottle sector. Recent innovations are claimed to contain a better to grip 1881 slitted/folded closure.

Starlinger, West Hall 6885, A circular economy in plastic packaging is currently on everyone’s agenda. Clearly, the recycling of packaging saves raw material and reduces waste as well as CO2 emissions. Starlinger will present two technologies that help advance closed loop packaging. Recycling is key in achieving a circular economy. But in order to be fit for reuse in production, recycled material needs to match the quality of virgin resin.

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Dear reader,

An Editour usually begins with a market overview interspersed with figures and background information, followed by a thoughtful look into the future. This time, by contrast, I found myself sitting in front of a blank screen because I had no idea what I should be writing about. The tour has been going on for some weeks now, the NPE show is almost upon us and we still do not have a clear picture of what is happening in the US drinks’ industry. At our editorial meeting, we joked about how to fill the required number of pages. Some not too serious suggestions ranged from "simply leaving them blank" to "colouring pictures".

Nevertheless, what follows are a few pages that serve as an introduction to the USA (see page 22) which I hope you will find interesting, even if what I have written is different from my usual style. My writer’s block was due to my inability to work out just what is going on in the USA at the moment, with increasingly critical voices being raised against plastics, accompanied by fanciful PET recycling quotas, punitive tariffs on packaging material and components, water shortages and contaminated drinking water in many parts of America. ...

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