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BrauBeviale will open the exhibition halls in Nuremberg from 13 to 15 November 2018. Due to moderate growth, an extra hall has been added this year. This results in a new hall configuration, positioning exhibitors in the order of the beverage production process chain around the exhibition park.

November 09, 2018 | Sipa opens its house

Sipa’s latest Open House in Italian Vittorio Veneto drew customers from all over the world for a first look at a line taking PET pellets to filled and capped bottles via Xtreme preform injection-compression moulding, latest generation bottle blowing, and Flextronic filling. They also saw a brand-new baby stretch-blow moulding machine, which is already up and running. The new Xtreme Sincro Cube system and the Xtra 14 SBM unit were put through their paces every day from October 22 to 26.

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Krones, a leading manufacturer of filling and packaging solutions, has acquired MHT Holding AG (MHT). MHT, based in Hochheim, Germany, together with its subsidiaries is providing injecting moulding tools and services to the PET industry. The company generates approximately €25 million revenues with 125 employees.

The trade fair alliance consisting of drink technology India (dti), organised by Messe München, and indiapack pacprocess and food pex India, organised by Messe Düsseldorf, recorded higher numbers of exhibitors and occupied more exhibition space. The fair’s further growth reflects the dynamic development of the Indian beverage and liquid food market, in which high growth rates are again forecast to climb.

Athena Automation Ltd., a company manufacturing injection moulding machines near Toronto, Ontario, announced that it is changing its name to Niigon Machines Ltd. “This allows us to emphasise our business objective of becoming a global leader in customised injection moulding machines” said Robert Schad, Chairman. “Niigon is an Ojibwa word that means ‘for the future’.”

Petainer, a global leader in one-way kegs, is partnering with Great Leap Brewing in China to start manufacturing petainerKeg in 2019. This is in response to rapidly growing demand for draught beer in China and the suitability of one-way PET kegs in a country where logistics are complex. The announcement follows the commencement of Brazilian manufacturing in September with partner Blue PET, marking key steps in Petainer’s growth strategy and commitment to bringing the supply chain closer to the market. Petainer also manufactures in Europe, the US and Australia.

Berlin startup share is the first beverage producer in Germany to sell its water in PET bottles made of 100% recyclate. With its expertise from the Bottles & Shapes consultancy program the KHS group supported the company by helping to design and develop the bottle in a very short time.

Tomra Sorting Recycling has promoted Business Development Engineer László Székely to the newly-created post of Head of New Plastics Economy. This initiative reinforces Tomra’s commitment to the aims of the New Plastics Economy (NPE) and will steer progress towards objectives which are differentiated from the company’s other business development activities.

PTI has entered into a business alliance with Big 3 Precision Products, Inc., Centralia, Illinois, to help brand owners achieve quality and speed-to-market goals for products sold in polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles. For the past three decades, PTI has been the confidential development engine behind many well-known PET bottle commercialisations. Big 3’s Mold Services Group has been a leader in producing moulds for single-stage PET blow moulding machines, as well as injection blow moulding equipment.

At the Ocean Conference, organised by the Government of the Republic of Indonesia, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation presented another chapter to its activity, called New Plastics Economy Global Commitment. The Commitment aims to create a new scenario for plastic packaging by eliminating single-use packaging materials, increasing the amount of reused or recycled plastics in new products and promote innovation to ensure 100% of plastic packaging can be reused, recycled, or composted by 2025.

Four months after the founding of the new business unit Keycycle, it can be seen that Erema and its range of overall solutions for plastics recycling projects is being welcomed with open doors in the marketplace. The newly formed team has in the meantime received a number of project inquiries, most of them for post-consumer and PET applications. The reason for the high demand is, on the one hand, the increasing industrialisation in the sector and, on the other hand, the growing interest among newcomers in plastics recycling.

To introduce the latest Cold Jet Plastics Edition line to the visitors of Fakuma, Cold Jet's dry ice application and plastics expert, Steve Wilson from the company's headquarters in the USA was on site. He answered questions and provided visitors with information about Cold Jet's tailored plastics equipment and accessories, specifically designed to substantially reduce downtime and increase mould cleaning effectiveness in the plastics and rubber industries. Visitors could see Cold Jet's integrated cleaning solution, a Plastics Edition i³ MicroClean, along with a robot. The combined system demonstrated the automated cleaning of moulds, PET preform moulds, deburring and surface preparation prior to painting.

Everyone who’s anyone in the field of plastics processing came together at the once again fully booked out Fakuma international trade fair for plastics processing on Lake Constance where Germany, Austria and Switzerland meet for the 26th the time from the 16th through the 20th of October. The international exhibitors, as well as private trade fair promoters P. E. Schall GmbH & Co KG, were pleased once more this year with the great demand for this pioneering event in the field of plastics technology: 1,933 market and technology leaders from 40 countries presented their companies to 47,650 expert visitors from all over the world!

The European Parliament has adopted its negotiating position on the Commission proposal on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment. Many MEPs shared EuPC position in limiting the scope of a proposal that, since the beginning, has been rushed by the European Commission with possible negative effects for health and hygiene.

“Bottled water consumption is set to overtake all other soft drinks worldwide this year,” according to Richard Hall, Chairman of Zenith Global, the global food and drink experts, speaking at the 15?th Global Bottled Water Congress in Evian.

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