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Levissima, belonging to the Sanpellegrino Group, presents its new ‘#LA75’, whose packaging is the result of the collaboration with PET Engineering based in Treviso, Italy, which already handled the development of Levissima 0.5l, launched in 2009, and Levissima LaLitro, winner of the 2011 Packaging Oscar, both of which are still in the market.

Pretium Packaging, manufacturer of PET and HDPE blow-moulded containers and closures for the Food and Specialty Beverage, Household and Industrial, Health and Beauty market sectors, welcomes the leadership, employees and expertise of Custom Blow Molding (“CBM”) – one of the leading packaging and container producers for the Sports Nutrition and Nutraceuticals market sectors.

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The SK Ergon packers can now be equipped with an automatic handle applicator of the Pre-Shrinking Handle Applicator (PSHA) series, which attaches a handle on a section of the shrink film before it's wrapped around a group of containers moving toward the shrink tunnel. The pre-shrinking handle applicator of the PSHA series can be installed on the operator's side, on the opposite side or on both sides in case of dual lane production.

Amcor Rigid Plastics announced plans to close the company’s preform manufacturing facility located in Dayton, Ohio, USA. The plant, which manufactures plastic preforms for the beverage industry and other applications, will begin a gradual ramp-down and is scheduled to cease production by December 31, 2016.

Bekum Maschinenfabriken now have a new Technical Director. Dr Wilfried Lehmann will take over this role with immediate effect. Dr Lehmann is known to Bekum customers already, as he previously held this position from 1998 to 2002. With this foundation, he will be able to draw on his practical experience in blow-moulding technology.

Now entering its 13th year, Zenith’s Global Bottled Water Congress, is a three day event incorporating market briefings, conference sessions and a networking dinner during which the 2016 Global Bottled Water Awards will be presented. The event will take place from October 10-12 at the Corinthia Hotel in Prague, Czech Republic.

Universal Robina Corporation (URC) is a Philippine multinational with an established market especially in South East Asia in the Food & Beverage industry. URC Philippines requested a solution to produce new water bottles for mass consumption, having specific needs:

PET rigid packaging technology specialist Sipa is glad to announce that a legal action against it and a previous development partner in PET preform production technology has ended in Sipa favor. The court action had been taken by Husky Injection Molding Systems against Athena Automation and Sipa over the alleged misuse of confidential information owned by Husky.

Ciel, one of the major water-bottling companies operating in Morocco, has been supplied with the new integrated rinser-filler-capper monoblock unit. The Ciel brand – part of the Coca-Cola Group – has purchased the first monoblock filler unit 12-12-4 ALF produced by Sacmi Filling. Developed in order to bring together rinser, filler and capper functions in one machine, the monoblock unit permits the complete automation of the bottling line, and guarantees maximum operational flexibility, reliability and precision, and a totally hygienic process.

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Elisabeth Maria Köpke left us on June 28, 2016.

The "mother" of the publishing company died after bravely fighting a serious illness. Since PETplanet's founding 17 years ago, she has been a true stalwart of the company. Initially she campaigned tirelessly for subscribers. No-one can forget how – at drinktec 2001 – she fought her way up all the way to the board of exhibitors in order to bring subscriptions to everyone. She was always friendly and full of empathy in her approach to people. Seven years ago, she took over ad sales for the Mediterranean in her typical warm-hearted fashion. With customers, she was helpful and caring, handling any complaint with a smile and expressing delight at every order. But woe betides any customer reluctant to advertise, because then Elisa could be very demanding indeed. ...

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