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The 15th Global Bottled Water Congress will be held from October 22-24 at the Evian brand in France. Highlights will include a focus on sustainability, hydration, innovation, marketing and water stewardship, capped by the 2018 Global Bottled Water Awards at a Gala Industry Dinner. Participants of the congress will feature Chief Executives and Directors from many national market leaders as well as a majority of the top global producers.

The KHS GmbH Supervisory Board has appointed Dipl.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. Kai Acker as the new Executive Management Board Chairman, effective October 15, 2018. He will be responsible for the technology, development/production, and human resources areas.

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On July 2, Michael Heyde joined the Austrian packaging producer Alpla as head of recycling technology. The 58-year-old specialist in recycling and the circular economy will focus on the expansion of recycling capacities. Heyde is a recognised expert in the development of new areas of application for post-consumer recycled plastics. He has extensive experience acting as an interface between the waste management industry and the packaging industry.

Poly Recycling AG in Weinfelden, the PET recycling company of the Resilux Group, intends to relocate to Bilten before the end of the year. The reason is that the current rented location will be claimed by the owner's for own use. After evaluating various scenarios, the choice fell on the location Bilten.

July 16, 2018 | World Cup bottle

Les Eaux Minérales Oulmès, Morocco's leading bottler of mineral water and other beverages, has won the exclusive right to make and market a special bottle celebrating the participation of the Moroccan football team at the World Cup in Russia. This eye-catching container was manufactured using the Sacmi-supplied SBF 408b stretch-blow moulder.

Acqua Vitasnella, a Ferrarelle Group brand, has chosen PET Engineering to handle the product design for Le Linfe, its new range of functional waters dedicated to those who put their well-being first, every single day.

In May 2018, the Claranor Pulsed Light Packaging Sterilization was awarded as "Efficient solution" by the SI foundation, with the #1000 efficient solution label. The award is said to recognise Claranor's contribution to build a cleaner world.

W. Amsler Equipment Inc., a leading supplier of all-electric linear PET stretch blow moulders, has announced plans to relocate its headquarters and manufacturing operations to Bolton, Ontario, Canada later this summer. The new location – designed to meet the expanded demands of the company’s growing PET blow moulding machine business - will be in the heart of the “Plastics Corridor,” less than 20km from the Pearson (Toronto) Airport in Rexdale. The Bolton area is also home to suppliers such as Husky Injection Molding Systems, Athena Automation, and many blow moulding companies.

With the 21st PETnology Conference, which will be held in Paris on 26-27 November, 2018, PETnology is charting new waters in connection with All4Pack, the international packaging trade fair. The decision to hold the conference in Paris underlines the event’s increased internationalisation, says the organiser.

Engel is establishing a decentralised network of mould experts in its sales regions. Around the world, demand for integrated system solutions from a single source is rising. Alongside automation and other peripherals, the mould is part of the overall set-up in more and more cases.

Alpla, the Austrian packaging solutions specialist, and Fromm (Switzerland) have agreed on a collaboration in relation to PET recycling. Both companies operate recycling plants for PET bottles, thus ensuring the necessary supply of materials for their own production facilities. The goal of the collaboration is the further optimisation of the recycling rates for PET as well as a significant reduction in CO2 emissions through saved transport. There are also further benefits for the partners, such as simplified access to markets in the respective countries.

From June 18 to 20, Blow Moulding 2018, the international conference on technical and business developments in plastic bottles and containers gathered technical, sales and business experts representing the entire packaging supply chain in Cologne, Germany. The 2nd installment of the conference reviewed current and future market trends, assessed the latest innovations in material, technology and product design and shed light on relevant developments in customer requirements and regulations in the field of blow moulding.

CCL Industries Inc., a world leader in specialty label, security and packaging solutions for global corporations, government institutions, small businesses and consumers, confirmed that it completed the previously announced acquisition of Treofan America Inc. and Trespaphan Mexico Holdings GmbH. Treofan Americas operations in Mexico and the United States will immediately transition to trade under the Innovia Films name.

The food & drink technology Africa (fdt) positions itself as a forward looking platform for the industry. Water is the decisive element in the food and beverage industry, whether as an ingredient or in production and cleaning. The demand is correspondingly high while at the same time the scarcity of this precious raw material is steadily increasing. At food & drink technology Africa (fdt), the focus will therefore be, among other things, on solutions for water and energy management.

Around the world, Ujeta Care is helping ensure that people can obtain clean drinking water for themselves, quickly and easily. Schneider Kunststofftechnik, based in Kirchheim, Germany, and the parent company of Ujeta GmbH, has now been honoured with the German Innovation Award, in recognition of its unique water filter system. Ujeta Care won the Gold Award in the "Business to Consumer" category.

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