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A good economic state of the international plastics and rubber sector and a positive outlook for the future characterised this year’s K show and made for an excellent mood amongst the 3,285 exhibitors in Düsseldorf. Companies reported a host of new leads, many of which already led to closed deals over the eight days of the trade fair.

This summary captures highlights of two days 2016 Recycled Polyester and PET Packaging Conference which took place September 21th – 23th in Shanghai, China. Despite the polyester recycling industry suffers from the pressure of low crude oil and virgin PET prices with all other consequences out of this 280 participants and exhibition visitors from China and abroad demonstrated their ongoing interest. Like 2015 the issue PET packaging enriched the whole policy group of rPET raw material sources and applications.

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Sidel has been awarded certification for the efficiency of its Sidel Matrix blower by a leading technical service organisation, TÜV SÜD. The new certification is an international stamp of approval for the energy consumption efficiency of Sidel equipment. It is claimed to provide objective validation of the blower’s performance by an independent organisation and demonstrates that the Sidel Matrix blower complies with very high standards, is safe and sustainable - and has minimal impact on the environment.

Dipl.-Ing. Michael Mehnert (34), youngest son of the company’s founder Gottfried Mehnert, joined the family company in various functions after successfully studying mechanical engineering in Aachen. In spring 2016, Michael Mehnert was appointed Managing Director of Bekum Maschinenfabrik Traismauer GesmbH, with the aim of supporting the long-standing Managing Director Dipl.-Ing. MBA Johannes Schwarz in the management and development of the company.

Husky Injection Molding Systems demonstrates two complete integrated closure systems. The recently introduced HyCAP 4 system for beverage closure manufacturing comes with more machine, mould and auxiliary integration to offer increased productivity, energy efficiency and a simplified operator experience. The HyCAP 4 is running a 1.25 gram 29/25 closure for a mineral water application at a 2.4 second cycle time. For the first time, the company also demonstrates its new system solution for the manufacture of specialty closures, HyperSync.

SMI presents its rotary blow moulder series EBS (Electronic Blowing System) Ergon at K show. The series includes seven models, from 4 to 16 cavities, suitable for the production of PET containers up to 3 litres. The company states that the maximum output is of 2,300 bph per cavity for the 0.5 litre format (still water). Furthermore there are three HC models, from 3 to 6 cavities, for the production of containers up to 10 litres, with a maximum output of 1,200 bph per cavity for the 5 litre format.

Cooperation between NGR and Kuhne is raising the level of quality for direct production of food-grade PET sheets made of skeleton scrap, sheet production scrap or PET bottle flakes. The integrated system consists of a shredder-feeder-extruder combination for producing plastic melt, the P:React unit for improving the quality of PET and the sheet system from Kuhne for producing PET sheets with tightest tolerances. Both PET sheet producers and thermoformed part manufacturers will benefit from the result.

In-Mould labels company Verstraete will, in the coming months, start preparing the construction work for the new production site in Clarksville, Tennessee (US), together with its parent company Constantia Flexibles. The new site is intended to allow Belgium-based Verstraete IML to get closer to its customers in the largest growth market for IML labels outside Europe. The site will begin production in the second half of 2017 and will have multiple printing press and finishing lines. Some 55 jobs will be created.

The Swiss Säntis Ag is transferring its PET packaging business unit at the end of 2016 to Bonapack AG also located in Switzerland. Bonapack will also be managing the business in the PET blow moulding unit in cooperation with Biplast AG, particularly in the Development, Production and Service divisions.

For most PET converters, the overall market is growing whereas average bottle quantities per contract are getting smaller. This means a variety of different orders have to be produced within the same time frame, for example to include different neck types. To meet such demanding circumstances, increased flexibility is the only way forward.

For the first time at the Düsseldorf fair the compact line with the 24-cavity CCM compression press synchronised with the cap anti-tamper band slitter will be presented. The Colorarcap cap digital printing solution has now reached a higher level of development that allows coloured caps to be decorated too, thus exploring what some consider being the final frontier of digital decoration: unlimited colour development, ultra-high definition, yet also flexibility to ensure the right response whatever the customer’s production/promotional needs.

Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) is India’s largest private sector company, with a consolidated turnover of US$ 44.7 billion, cash profit of US$ 6.1 billion and net profit of US$ 4.2 billion for the year ended March 31, 2016.

The patent-pending R-Pro dense-phase vacuum-conveying system developed by Conair to minimise pellet fracturing, “angel hair” and equipment wear caused by conventional dilute-phase conveying, will make its first appearance at a European tradeshow when K 2016 begins. Other innovations on display will include a new FLX-128 Plus conveying control, which now can be set up to operate the R-PRO system, a new Mobile Drying/Conveying (MDC) system with standard colour touchscreen control interface, and several examples of equipment from Conair’s auxiliaries.

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Dear Readers,

I’m in Shanghai, sitting on my packed bags. The China Brew and Beverage exhibition is over, and with it our China road tour. Our Editourmobil occupied centre stage on our stand, next to the photographs taken during our visit. The tour gave us a great deal of insight into China’s PET industry, which is currently in a consolidation phase. The talks at the exhibition indicated that this is probably a temporary situation.

While most exhibitors at the fair expressed caution, some companies reported growth rates typical for China. I can’t judge the extent to which that is a matter of wishful thinking as opposed to real numbers. What is certain, though, is that looking forward, everyone takes a positive view of the future. That is true of both foreign and Chinese exhibitors. ...

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