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Amcor Rigid Plastics expands its relationship with long-time customer Campbell Soup Co. with the opening of an on-site bottle manufacturing operation in Paris, Texas, USA. Amcor’s new in-line operation is expected to produce approximately 50 million hot-fillable PET bottles each year.

April 26, 2017 R&D/Leverage, headquartered in Lee’s Summit, MO, announced the promotion of Mike Stiles to CEO. Stiles joined the company in 2000 as an Account Manager and was promoted to Director of Sales in 2015. He has been instrumental in helping to grow R&D/Leverage to a globally recognised manufacturer of precision injection and injection stretch blow moulds, and structural brand development for Fortune 500 customers in the rigid packaging, consumer products and healthcare markets.

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Gebo Cermex, part of the Sidel Group and a leader in packaging line engineering solutions, is introducing its latest advanced performance systems and packaging line solutions at Interpack 2017 (4-10 May). On booth C47, hall 13, the company is demonstrating its portfolio for the beverage and food, home and personal care (FHPC) customers based on its Agility 4.0 program. ‘Smart’ equipment is the focus at this year’s exhibition, with a comprehensive packing solution.

At the 5th Duxes Dairy China Summit next week, PolyOne will be presenting an update for its high-performance light blocking technology for liquid dairy packaging. Lactra SX light blocking additive, which is marketed by PolyOne’s ColorMatrix business, protects liquid dairy products packaged in mono-layer PET bottles from degrading due to light radiation.

The Engel Group, headquartered in Schwertberg, Austria, has appointed Markus Richter as chief financial officer (CFO) with effect from May 1st, 2017. He succeeds Klaus Siegmund, who left Engel in March.

The “House of Krones” will be built at interpack in Düsseldorf virtually at least. It will constitute the five core sections of Krones AG: digitisation as the roof and superstructure, process, filling and packaging technologies, plus intralogistics, as the functional premises, and Lifecycle Service as the base, the solid foundation.

Following the successful trade fairs in 2015 and 2016, the Swiss firm company Otto Hofstetter AG is present with its own booth. Otto Hofstetter AG will show customers the complete portfolio of high quality injection moulds in hall E4.2 booth E45.

Sacmi will host the best the group has to offer the closures industry, such as the new CCM24CS compression press, being showcased for the first time on this market. Key improvements to mechanics, hydraulics and automation have given the new 24-head version of the press higher output (cycle time 1.44sec), without penalising the cooling time; moreover, consumption has been reduced further and cap quality has been raised.

Thanks to a 5% increase in turnover the consolidated sales of the Erema Group reached EUR 138 million in the 2016/17 financial year. The Group's two youngest sister companies Pure Loop and Umac recorded a strong turnover result shortly after being founded.

At Interpack the labelling machine manufacturer Gernep presents the latest developments of its rotary labelling machines. To meet all decoration demands in different industries, the rotary labelling machine Gernep Soluta, in the optimised control and security design, is for self adhesive labelling.

With its integrated buffer system the newly developed KHS InnoDry Block permits accumulation-free, gentle pack conveying without the side guides otherwise required. The KHS InnoDry Block combines a packaging machine with a palletiser and has a handle dispenser integrated into the packer.

HSM GmbH + Co. KG, a German manufacturer of baling presses, PET solutions and document shredders, will be exhibiting three new machines from the vertical baling press series HSM V-Press. Their performance and longevity make them an economical waste management solution.

April 13, 2017 | And&Or S.A. at Chinaplas

And&Or counts with a wide range of bagging machines models, to adapt to all specific needs: bag sizes, line speeds and bottle shape. In exhibition one can see the flexible model that automatically make the bag from a roll of film.

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Exciting things are in prospect at the NPE next year. Here are some highlights. On May 7–11 2018, in Orlando, FL, USA, "the bottle zone" (www.npe.org/bottlezone) will be taking place, for the first time at the trade fair. With joint support from the SPI, drinktec and PETplanet Insider, all exhibitors will be focusing on the theme of plastic bottles. Previously, bottles were spread out over the entire site, but now the visitor interested in this sector will be able to find everything under one roof. Highlighting this fresh approach, the NPE has now published, together with the Plastics Association, a market analysis entitled "Plastic bottles today - Innovating to reach today’s consumer". ...

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