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Five winners trail blaze successful plastics recycling innovation — The winners of the first Plastics Recycling Awards Europe were announced yesterday at the Plastics Recycling Show Europe, held at the RAI Amsterdam in The Netherlands.

Amcor has announced the expansion of its injection blow molding (IBM) and extrusion blow molding (EBM) capabilities for the production of healthcare, food and home and personal care packaging. The company has invested in the Jet series all-electric IBM platform from Meccanoplastica Group, Florence, Italy and the KBB series all-electric EBM platform from Kautex Maschinenbau, Bonn, Germany.

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The Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS), producers of NPE2018: The Plastics Show announced a 100-percent waste diversion goal for this year’s NPE, which will welcome more than 65,000 plastics professionals to the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) in Orlando, (Fl) from May 7-11, 2018. The goal demonstrates the association’s commitment to sustainability and aims to exceed the 87 percent of waste that was diverted from NPE2015.

Chinaplas, Intravis, Hall 2 Booth J30 IntravisGmbH, a market leading manufacturer of vision inspection systems for the plastic packaging industry, is proud to announce its participation at this year’s Chinaplas. The highlight of the booth will be the new IntraOne! smart camera solution, which will have its premiere at an Asian trade fair. Intraviswill also showcase its PrintWatcher at a partner booth.

April 20, 2018 | 2,000 caps per minute

Chinaplas, Sacmi, Hall 2H Booth B61 Sacmi Imola’s stand at Chinaplas, which will occupy 300m2 of display space, will feature its full range of cap manufacturing and quality control technology. Its compression press range now benefits from the company’s new cap-preform integrated design services. It will also showcase closure handling inspection systems for cap quality control and the advanced Sacmi line supervisor, which manages orders and monitors all plant performance parameters, even remotely.

April 20, 2018 | Moulding live on stage

Chinaplas, Nissei ASB, Hall 8.1 Booth D75 Nissei ASB will be holding live moulding demonstrations on its 210 square metre booth, along with a display of some of its most interesting recent updates in injection stretch-blow moulded packaging technology. The company’s triple row, high output ASB-150DPX model for small bottle production will be making its regional debut. Visitors will be able to see live demonstrations of the complete moulding system, every day.

Chinaplas, Uhde Inventa-Fischer, Hall 7.2 Booth K25 Market and societal pressures are driving the plastic packaging industry towards a real circular economy (CE). How can the competing interests be met that plastic producers - of PET resin in particular – are challenging?

April 19, 2018 | Drying on demand

Chinaplas, Moretto, Hall 2 Booth C61 The Chinese plastic industry market has huge potential and is increasingly sensitive to new technologies. At Chinaplas, the Italian company Moretto presents solutions, know-how and service for material handling, drying, blending, heat transfer and size reduction equipment, able to respond to the needs of Chinese customers.

Chinaplas, Erema, Hall 2 Booth B59 Visitors to the Erema trade fair stand will find out how, using the right technology, they can process not only clean production waste but also even heavily contaminated post-consumer materials to make new raw material. In combination with Erema’s smart digital solutions, this is intended to set a new standard in terms of quality and processes in plastics recycling.

Chinaplas, Otto Hofstetter, Hall 5.2 Booth J05 Following the successful trade fairs of previous years, the Swiss firm Otto Hofstetter has its own stand this year, where it will be presenting its products and services. Otto Hofstetter will be showing customers their complete portfolio of high quality injection moulds.

April 17, 2018 | Mixing and dosing

Chinaplas, Eisbaer, Hall 2 Booth B51 In the field of auxiliary equipment, Eisbär ma-nufactures systems to improve quality and productivity for the plastics industry focusing on systems to avoid condensation on moulds, cap cooling, drying of plastic resin, processing PET flakes, crystallisation as well as mixing and dosing.

Chinaplas, SIPA, Hall 4.1 Booth C71 The advantage of mould conversion over buying a brand new mould lies in the lower capital investment involved. SIPA’s mould refurbishing and conversion services in China are an important element of its PET preform and bottle mould offering.The existing mould shoe is reused, and return of investment is faster. Customers can choose which is best for them by having a mould audit carried out by SIPA experts. The state of wear of mould components can be assessed in their own plant, and different options on refurbishing or conversion can be proposed.

April 16, 2018 | inject 4.0

Chinaplas, Engel, Hall 5.1 Booth E71 With intelligent assistance systems such as iQ weight control, Engel makes it easy for its customers to ensure consistently high product quality, even without specialist knowledge. The iQ systems continually analyse critical process parameters and readjust them automatically, shot for shot. The result is a self-optimising injection moulding machine.

April 16, 2018 | Advanced pelletisers

Chinaplas, Maag, Hall 2 Booth P83 Maag, a leading global manufacturer of gear pumps, pelletising and filtration systems as well as pulverisers for challenging applications, is highlighting pelletising systems for plastic producers, compounders and recyclers. Chinaplas is also Maag’s first joint appearance with Ettlinger, a manufacturer of high-performance melt filters for recycling applications which was acquired by Maag since the beginning of the year.

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Dear reader,

An Editour usually begins with a market overview interspersed with figures and background information, followed by a thoughtful look into the future. This time, by contrast, I found myself sitting in front of a blank screen because I had no idea what I should be writing about. The tour has been going on for some weeks now, the NPE show is almost upon us and we still do not have a clear picture of what is happening in the US drinks’ industry. At our editorial meeting, we joked about how to fill the required number of pages. Some not too serious suggestions ranged from "simply leaving them blank" to "colouring pictures".

Nevertheless, what follows are a few pages that serve as an introduction to the USA (see page 22) which I hope you will find interesting, even if what I have written is different from my usual style. My writer’s block was due to my inability to work out just what is going on in the USA at the moment, with increasingly critical voices being raised against plastics, accompanied by fanciful PET recycling quotas, punitive tariffs on packaging material and components, water shortages and contaminated drinking water in many parts of America. ...

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