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Terekas Sweden AB launched mini PET stretch blowing machine series FlexBlow. In combination with sales conveyor promotion method, Terekas Sweden AB has tripled their flexible PET blower sales this year compared to last year. The company has signed 17 contracts across the world, last year 6 flexible series machines has been sold.

Plastipak Packaging Inc. said it will add two manufacturing lines to its Birmingham area facility,a $10.4 million expansion that will create at least five new jobs. The new lines will be added to its location at the Jefferson County Metropolitan Park in McCalla, Alabama, USA where it manufactures plastic bottles for the beverage industry.

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The closures used for 5-gallon water containers are known as HOD (Home and Office Delivery) closures. The necks of these containers are standard across the world. Due to the blow moulding process, however, the necks usually exhibit poor quality and a variation in diameter which often results in leakage from 5-gallon containers, except where an adequate HOD closure is used.

Coca-Cola Sweden partnered with Constantia Flexibles to create a label with a whitened varnish area that allows consumers to draw their own designs directly onto the label. In order to achieve this, Constantia Flexibles supplied a 38 µ white OPP film label, creating a specific area that is fully customisable with crayons.

Husky Injection Molding Systems has announced the launch of its next generation system for high output beverage closure moulding, HyCap 4. Husky launched its HyCap platform in 2009. “Husky is committed to reducing our customers’ total cost to produce,” said Gerardo Chiaia, Husky’s President of Global Beverage Packaging.

August 25, 2016 | Reorganisation at Athena

To better serve the expanding customer base, Athena is making organizational changes of the management team: Harold Luttmann has taken over as acting CEO, in addition to his current role of Chief Operations Officer. A Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) will be added to the management team shortly. Founder Robert Schad has temporarily assumed this responsibility.

Amcor Rigid Plastics has announced the appointment of Ashish Saxena as vice president and general manager of LiquiForm Group LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amcor. Saxena will be based at Amcor’s Saline, Michigan, USA facility and will report directly to Amcor Rigid Plastics President Michael Schmitt.

According to a WARN notice filed with the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Graham Packaging is going to close its plant in Belvidere, New Jersey, USA. The effective date is September 26, 2016. The closing of the plastic container manufacturers’ facility will affect 71 employees.

Clariant announced availability of new blow-moulding tools that can help customers evaluate how Clariant colour and additive masterbatches perform in real-world applications. The tooling is available for use on full-size production blow-moulding machines located in the Company's West Chicago, IL, technical centre.

Spectra Packaging have recently invested in new injection stretch blow moulding machinery at their Suffolk plant, UK, to counter increased customer demand. This follows recent expansion initiatives across all facets of the business, which have seen new blow moulding machines as well as additional tooling equipment and extra investment in the firm's busy decoration department.

Torus Measurement Systems have announced the launch of the B304 Top Load & Volume Gauge. The system showcases a single operation Top Load & Volume Test to the plastic bottle market. Once the bottle is loaded by the operator all functions can be carried out in sequence without the need for operator interference to move the bottle between tests.

The KHS Group looks back on an exceptionally successful month. In July 2016 the Group, headquartered in Dortmund, Germany, was able to record several big orders. Much of this success was attributable to the sale of two FreshSafe PET TriBlock lines to a major soft drinks producer in India. In combination with the lines the interior glass coating system is also being used on this important growth market.

China has a huge market for packagings, and the market is in fast growth, demanding more polyester products. In 2016-2017, the threaten of overheated BGPET capacity expansion is again looming ahead, with upstream sectors enjoying better fundamental than downstream players. Though the market went tight in first half of the year, given new capacities on stream, will polyester producers again to struggle for margin, after all the efforts in past two years to integrate and increase margin? Will RMB depreciation do the industry good or bad?...

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The "mother" of the publishing company died after bravely fighting a serious illness. Since PETplanet's founding 17 years ago, she has been a true stalwart of the company. Initially she campaigned tirelessly for subscribers. No-one can forget how – at drinktec 2001 – she fought her way up all the way to the board of exhibitors in order to bring subscriptions to everyone. She was always friendly and full of empathy in her approach to people. Seven years ago, she took over ad sales for the Mediterranean in her typical warm-hearted fashion. With customers, she was helpful and caring, handling any complaint with a smile and expressing delight at every order. But woe betides any customer reluctant to advertise, because then Elisa could be very demanding indeed. ...

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