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CSD manufacturer Refres Now from Argentina as invested in the biggest Sidel Combi ever built.? Part of a complete line, the Sidel Combi was installed at the company's bottling plant as a high-tech solution for bottling family pack sizes, which are in great demand in Argentina. The line features a Sidel Combi Eurotronica FMc and a Sidel Starblend mixer and is presently achieving production output rates of 30,000 bottles per hour for the larger two and a half litre bottles of carbonated soft drinks.

Krauss-Maffei Corporation, the US subsidiary of the KraussMaffei Group with headquarters in Florence, Kentucky, celebrated its 50th anniversary on May 18 and 19 with more than 400 customers. The company has grown continuously since it was founded in 1966 and has established itself as a leading provider of machinery for plastics and rubber processing in the North American market. It currently represents the three brands: KraussMaffei, KraussMaffei Berstorff and Netstal. Following a successful financial year in 2015, Krauss-Maffei Corporation expects further growth in 2016.

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Sidel, has collaborated with Algar Agro to produce the world’s lightest 900ml PET bottle for edible oil. A large player in the Brazilian market, Algar Agro worked with Sidel to reduce the total weight of its finished bottle from 18 to 14 grams - a reduction of 22%.

GP Resources, LLC (GPR), is launching its real-time thickness measurement system for the plastic bottle and container manufacturing market.

Achim Ebel, the former associate and general manager of B+B Anlagenbau GmbH has joined Herbold Meckesheim GmbH as division manager for washing lines.

The integrated plants of smi group’s new Ecobloc Ergon series are launched as a solution for the blow-moulding, filling and capping of PET and PP containers for the bottling of still and carbonated water, soft drinks, milk and edible oil up to 3l at the maximum output of 33,600 bottles/hour (0.5l). The series includes also high-capacity models (Ecobloc HC) for containers up to 10l and maximum output of 7,200 bottles/hour (5l).

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