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United Caps, an international manufacturer of caps and closures, announced it has installed four trio-technik AirMove transport systems in its German Schwerin plant, which primarily serves the German beverage market. The 10,000 m2 facility occupies two production halls, employs 58 people, and produces several billion 28mm and 38mm closures per year for still and carbonated water, juices and milk.

Private equity investors Advent has invested in Manjushree Technopack Ltd., India’s largest rigid plastic packaging solution provider, in partnership with the founding Kedia family. As part of the transaction, Advent purchased all the shares owned by Kedaara Capital and a portion of the Kedia family’s stake in Manjushree Technopack.

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On October 11, the Sidel Group concluded the acquisition of PET Engineering Srl, further expanding the company’s portfolio of packaging solutions. PET Engineering is expected to help Sidel expand its packaging offering – especially regarding the design of containers for water, soft drinks, liquid dairy products and beer.

Husky stand 6222 & 6401-1 in hall A6 Husky Injection Molding Systems, an industrial technology provider to the plastics processing community, will participate in Fakuma with two separate booths in Hall A6. Husky’s exhibition features a space dedicated to its hot runners and controllers technology (booth 6222), as well as a booth focused on its packaging and medical moulding solutions (booth 6401-1).

Maag stand 6202 in hall A6

For the first time at Fakuma, Maag will be sharing a stand with filter manufacturer Ettlinger, which joined the group in January this year. As a result, Maag will be offering products for applications from raw material production, through compounding, to recycling, all from a single source.

October 15, 2018 | Processing solutions

Piovan Group stand 7201, hall A7

At Fakuma, Piovan Group will feature its Piovan, Aquatech and Fdm brands. While Piovan and Fdm are specialized in material handling systems and advanced solutions for plastics processing - with Fdm more focused on the extrusion process - Aquatech specialises in industrial cooling and temperature control technology.

October 12, 2018 | IML technology

Sumitomo (SHI) Demag Hall B1, Stand 1105

ElExis SP 200 with high-speed IML application “The fourth generation El-Exis SP is still the fastest injection moulding machine in the world,“ says Arnaud Nomblot, Director Business Development Packaging at Sumitomo (SHI) Demag.

Erema hall A6-6314

The focus of Erema Group´s trade fair appearance at Fakuma is on technologies that aim to further improve the quality of recyclates.

October 11, 2018 | Fast cap production

Engel hall A5, stand 5204

At the Fakuma trade fair in Friedrichshafen, Germany, Engel will demonstrate a further reduction in cycle times for the production of caps. An all-electric Engel e-cap 2440/380 will be used to produce 26mm caps, including tamper-proof bands made of HDPE, at a cycle time of under 2 seconds under realistic manufacturing conditions. The optimised movement of profiles allows an increased output. The Engel e-cap 380 with 3,800kN of clamping force can provide a dry cycle time of 1.4sec.

Krones has completed the acquisition of W.M. Sprinkman Corporation, Wisconsin, U.S. Founded in 1929, Sprinkman provides engineered food and beverage processing equipment, specialising in the dairy and brewing industries. Employing over 125 employees at its Waukesha and Elroy, Wisconsin locations, the company serves customers ranging from start-up microbreweries to large multi-national food and beverage producers. Sprinkman generates approximately $35 millions in revenues.

The EU Single Use Plastics Directive Proposal is currently under the assessment of the European Parliament. The proposal foresees the consumption reduction of PET trays - a circular packaging product with a high amount of recycled content. This goes entirely against the development of the last years, PET sheet manufacturers have been increasing the amount of recyclates in their products steadily.

Döhler Group and Passina Group have reached an agreement on the acquisition of Concentra Europe BV with its Dutch and German subsidiaries by Döhler Group. The proposed transaction has now been filed with the relevant antitrust authorities and is conditional upon their approval.

Dromo, a new polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle system designed specifically for liquid or semi-viscous products sold through e-commerce channels is being launched by PTI at Pack Expo, Chicago. The first-of-its-kind system is ideal for personal care, household chemicals and a wide range of other products.The objective was to create a bottle/dispensing system that would support growing e-commerce product demands, survive the distribution channel with limited secondary packaging and reduce dependence on raw materials.

The 2018/2019 edition of Birkner’s Beverage World has been released. This new updated edition provides in reliable manner professional company and trade information with regard to companies of the international beverage industry.

Waste Free Oceans continuously engages in marine litter clean-ups worldwide and, through “Closing the loop” projects, works with companies to transform the collected waste into innovative and sustainable products. WFO aims to find a balance between providing concrete solutions at source and acting on remediation actions involving a large range of local and regional stakeholders.

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