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February 23, 2018 | Happy easter and ...

Surprise one another with a stunningly filled egg! RPC added a completely new shape to the standard ‘Funny Shapes’ range: the Egg Shell Jar 300ml. Perfect for Easter, filled with all kinds of goodies; the Egg Shell Jar gets the party started for Easter Breakfast. The 300ml is standard, but the size of the Egg Shell Jar can be easily adjusted. PET Power will provide it with matching closures, available in all the colours of the rainbow.

Snapple single-serve premium teas and juice drinks are now available in a PET bottle designed in a collaborative effort between Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) and R&D/Leverage. R&D/Leverage has a long history of working with DPS, so when the product development team at DPS began working on a way to make its Snapple bottle plastic while retaining everything that consumers know and love about the brand, they teamed with R&D/Leverage to develop the perfect solution.

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Poland’s mineral water bottler Naleczów Zdrój S.A. is well known for the purity of its best-selling brand Cisowianka, sourced from pristine aquifers near its plant in the southeastern village of Drzewce. With such a strong reputation to uphold, as the company prepared to launch a distinctive new 1.5 liter PET bottle for the Cisowianka line, it was guided by the imperative to produce a container capturing the purity of the brand.

Amcor has proven its LiquiForm technology with the commercialisation of the first consumer package. Amcor partnered with Greenblendz, a Michigan-based co-packer and developer of private label, environmentally-friendly consumer products, to develop and commercialise packaging for the Nature’s Promise brand of hand soap. Amcor produced the 12oz PET bottle on a proprietary Amcor-built machine powered by the LiquiForm process. The new machine is the industry’s first manufacturing unit to successfully utilise the LiquiForm technology.

The 555th Series IV stretch blow moulder from KHS has gone to the Japanese producer of milk products, Meiji Co., Ltd. The energy-efficient InnoPET Blomax Series IV, which produces 48,000 PET bottles per hour in Japan, satisfied the hygiene specifications required by Meiji’s milk beverages.

Droplet Squeezers fit perfectly in the hand and are easy to squeeze and manipulate due to their oval shape. This is why this model is widely used for all kinds of foodstuffs such as honey, dressings and sandwich spreads. PET Power offers the models available in its standard range with two different neck finishes: 38SP400 and 31 Snap. There will be a the 510ml version.

Bonaqua, the spring water of The Coca-Cola Company in Argentina has traditionally been bottled in a premium glass bottle for the on-premise market. For the water running a truck travel for more than 700km to its main market, the company was keen to create a premium glass-like PET bottle proposed to meet the long-haul trip in a huge country.

Wine consumers are demanding portable, lightweight bottles for home delivery and consumption at venues where glass is prohibited or isn’t practical. Amcor Rigid Plastics will showcase its portfolio of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaging at the Unified Wine & Grape Symposium (Booth #1613) Jan. 23-25 in Sacramento, California. Amcor’s solutions cater to needs of the “anytime, anywhere” wine consumer.

Pretium Packaging’s recently launched SureHandle polyethylene terephthalate (PET) container with an integrated handle has received validation that it can be used for high-pressure processing (HPP) food and beverage applications.

January 11, 2018 | Unique height

The latest two additions to the wide range of standard PET jars: The Ovar Round (available in 1300 and 3000ml) is a combination of simplicity and clean lines. Both jars have the 100SP400 neck finish. This gives an ample choice of many standard caps. In addition, the Ovar Round offers unlimited possibilities for decoration.

Out of 3.147.000 tonnes of PET bottles and containers placed in the European market in 2016, a remarkable number of 59.8% - in total 1.880.900 tonnes - were collected and thereof 1.773.200 tonnes mechanically recycled. These conclusions come from the annual PCI Wood Mackenzie PET recycle survey for West Europe in 2016, commissioned by Petcore Europe. It shows that the collection rates increased by 7.4%, while the recycling rates also grew by 7.3%. In 2016, that resulted in 129.400 tonnes more collected and 120.000 tonnes more recycled PET compared to 2014.

“The Rapid Guide to Perfect PET Bottles” (by Ottmar Brandau) is a troubleshooting guide that should be in every operator’s toolbox or on their smartphone or tablet. Over 125 pages the author analyses 31 common defects of PET bottles and gives tips on how to solve them.

Plastics recyclers released a set of bales quality guidelines to drive market transformation towards circularity. “It is time to understand that each product needs to be sorted towards a specific stream to keep the value of plastics,” said Ton Emans, PRE President and Chairman LDPE Working Group, “These guidelines are the first step towards programming circular economy. Circularity of plastics can only be achieved through quality. Defined and harmonised quality is needed to build sustainable waste management operations across Europe”

November 27, 2017 | Perfume range in PET

The recently launched Jack Body Wash – part of actor Richard E Grant’s Jack Perfume range - utilises the popular 500ml Flat Based Boston Round design in PET from Spectra Packaging’s range of standards.

The market research institute Ceresana has analysed the European market for rigid plastic containers. In many applications, plastics replace other materials such as glass or metal: Ceresana forecasts the European sales of plastic containers to reach a volume of more than 12.4 million tonnes in 2024.

November 20, 2017 | New square PET bottle

Square, robust lines are being increasingly chosen to stand out more on the shop shelves. The different shape immediately catches the eye between all the round bottles. PET Power has expanded the Square family with a nice 400ml model. This volume is particularly special because of the height – width ratio.

The Procter & Gamble Company launched the Fairy Ocean Plastic bottle made completely from post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic (90%) and ocean plastic (10%). The launch of the bottle aims to raise awareness of the issue of ocean plastic and what can be done to prevent plastic waste from reaching the ocean.

PET Engineering’s packaging innovators have won the World Beverage Innovation Award for FonteVita and a great response from bottlers for Luxo & Nova Lines.

September 15, 2017 | Inspection and coding systems

Drinktec Filtec, Hall B5 - Stand 344 Filtec will be presenting the latest generation of its systems: New Filtec OMNIvision 3: At 1,400bpm this machine is said to be the fastest empty bottle inspector in the market. With high resolution cameras and rapid image processing, returnable glass and RefPET inspection is claimed to be more secure.

September 14, 2017 | The eyes of industry 4.0

Drinktec Intravis, Hall A4 - Stand 344 Intravis, a vision inspection expert for the plastic packaging industry headquartered in Aachen, Germany will be represented for the first time with their own booth at Drinktec. The vision system supplier is taking the opportunity to present a closed loop link between the vision inspection system and the injection moulding machine.

September 13, 2017 | High quality PET blow moulds

Drinktec Kiefer Werkzeugbau GmbH, Hall A4 - Stand 532 Kiefer, headquartered in Schwaigern has been active in the field of tool and mould making for the plastics processing industry for 30 years. Global corporations from the packaging and food industry are also among the customers, as regional SMEs.

Drinktec Nissei ASB Machine Co., Ltd., Hall A4 - Stand 322 Nissei ASB, a leading manufacturer of machines for injection stretch blow moulding of PET and other plastics, will demonstrate live moulding on ASB’s 215m2 booth together with a display of some of the most interesting recent updates in injection stretch-blow moulded packaging technology.

Drinktec Lanfranchi, Hall A6 - Stand 103 The machineries that Lanfranchi will expose at Drinktec will be a two cavity blow moulding machine, a low speed and a high speed Orbital Stretch Wrapping Machine.

Drinktec KHS, Hall B4 - Stand 328 Together with its customers, KHS develops lightweight bottles with characteristics that are intended to be ideal for production, logistics and eye-catching presentation at the point of sale. Combined with the trend towards space-saving blocked systems that facilitate operation, KHS offers systems to meet all requirements. Visitors will have the opportunity to see such a space-saving system at the exhibition booth.

Drinktec PET Engineering, Hall A4 - Stand 311 Sangemini is not just water, it’s real “sports nutrition” and is developed especially for its target audience, by athletes and, generally, by anyone who exercises. That’s why this design takes its inspiration from the shape, strength and compactness of the flasks used by cyclists and marathon runners.

September 06, 2017 | New generation of SBM machines

Drinktec Side will introduce the new generation of PET blowmoulding machines. This new generation promises a step forward to supply solutions and cost savings to the company’s customers. One of the main objectives of the engineers at Side has been to design a new preform loading system that will include a recovery line for poorly positioned bottles to enable their return to the loading chute, thereby eliminating losses at this point.

Drinktec DEMO, Hall A4 - Stand 303 Italian Demo Design and Moulds will be introducing dSpace. The digital platform is intended to bring people digitally together who are involved in a new project. dSpace is the place to share thoughts and information, be creative and stay productive, share project roadmap and activities, get the solution online.

September 05, 2017 | Bigger blow-moulding machines

Drinktec 1blow, Hall A4 - Stand 350 French manufacturer 1Blow will be exhibiting its full range of blow-moulding machines, including its latest 1XXL, which is specifically designed for the production of large containers.

September 01, 2017 | Vision inspection solutions

Drinktec Pressco Technology Inc., Hall A4 - Stand 402 Pressco will showcase their newest vision inspection solutions for companies that manufacture and fill food and beverage containers.The scalable, modular platform delivers a wide range of inspection options across an entire blow-fill line. In the blowmoulder, Pressco offers a combination of camera modules which detect defects on the preform and/or the empty bottle, including virtual section weight measurement which is vital to process control. On the filling side, the company’s solutions include a multi-camera system for filled bottle inspection to detect mis-applied closures, tamperband defects and under/over-filled bottles. Additional inspection options may be deployed at the cap feeder, labeller, date coder and case-packer.

Drinktec Shyam Plastic Machinery, Hall A4 – Stand 546 India-based Shyam manufactures stretch blow moulding machines, ranging from 600 B/H to 12,000 B/H. The company will be demonstrating a 7 cavity all electric Pristine series linear blowing machine, with a speed of 10,000 B/H. The preform loading system and heating conveyor is based on continuous movement without the pneumatic reciprocating movements, eliminating abnormal wear & tear of moving parts and also reduces air consumption. The machine is based on Neck Hold system, right from preform entry to bottle ejection, thereby reducing the number of change parts, and change-over time.

Drinktec Torus Measurement Systems, Hall A4 – Stand 146 Torus Measurement Systems will be exhibiting a fully automated B302 Thread, Body & Thickness gauge for plastic bottles and preforms which will incorporate the use of a robot to automatically load.

Pretium Packaging, a North American manufacturer of plastic containers and closures, using technology from Practically Impossible Labs, Houston, Texas, has developed a 64-ounce, 38-400 mm finish, stock PET container with an integrated handle.

RPC Promens Consumer Llantrisant has launched a series of PET bottles suitable for all types of sauces, condiments and toppings. The new Mercury range combines high shelf impact with consumer convenience. The stylish curved design and glass-like clarity of the PET ensure that products are displayed to their best advantage, while the lightweight, easy-to-handle and squeezable bottles are ideal for home use.

Drinktec Tech Long, Hall B5 - Stand 322 At Drinktec 2017 Tech Long will introduce its G5, Generation 5, blow moulding machines to the European market. The G5 machines are available in formats from four to 36 cavities, with a blowing rate of 2250 to 2400 standard bottles per hour per cavity, and with the capability to blow any PET container from 0,2l to 20 litre.

Holland Colours is launching Holcopearl 2287 for PET packaging. The polymer-based product is intended to deliver deep colours with optimal dispersion on automated lines running at high speeds. “The idea to develop Holcopearl came from customer feedback and the trends we see in the industry and among our customers and their customers,” says Wilfried Grob, Sales & Marketing Manager Europe at Holland Colours. Among these trends are the moves to higher production speeds, deeper colours, more sensitive dosage settings, and the switch to spherical PET granules instead of cylindrical ones.

Drinktec Lanfranchi, Hall A6 - Stand 103 The intense R&D activities which have been a feature of Lanfranchi in recent years have led to a new result in terms of technological developments applied to unscramblers: the automatic change-over. The Unscrambler 2.0 is capable of handling a wide range of containers of different shapes and sizes.

When R&D/Leverage began building tooling for the injection blow mold (IBM) market, they found the opportunity to make dramatic improvements to the traditional design of injection blow tools. The company set out to identify and resolve problems related to traditional injection blow tooling.

July 07, 2017 | Handle applicator

Drinktec And+Or, Hall A4 - Stand 202 The handle applicator SIAL6000 performs the insertion of (PP) lateral, colourable handles on PET bottles (from 2 up to 5 litres). This system allows PET bottles to be used for certain products when an easy pouring process is required.

Drinktec Agr, Hall A4 - Stand 336 Agr International, Inc. will be exhibiting an array of products for managing the production and quality of beverage containers. Featured will be the latest developments in advanced blowmoulder management, shelf-life control and pressurised container testing.

June 27, 2017 | Ice, ice baby!

Pet Power has yet extended its wide range of standard PET packaging with an instant classic: Straight Cylindrical 450ml. This PET-jar model has been used for decades for personal care and food products and now there’s a new product type: ice creams. The sleek lines on the Straight Cylindrical Range lend themselves perfectly for filling and completely scooping out delicious ice cream products.

RPC Promens Consumer Kolding is supplying custom-designed PET bottles for a range of dressings and sauces from leading Scandinavian food company Scandic Food A/S, part of the Good Food Group A/S.

The standalone facility is located approximately 30 miles north of Milwaukee. This plant is just over 100,000 sq. ft. and supplies six layer bottles to Gehl Foods for aseptic filling in the food and dairy category.

The Clasper bottle engineered by Plastic Technologies, Inc. (PTI) is a combination of two polyethylene terephthalate (PET) containers and a shrink label. The first commercialisation of this new technology was the recent introduction of Yumix portable, shelf-stable line of cocktails. The bottom holds 50ml of premium alcohol and features a heat-applied aluminum-foil seal.

Mypack team announced that Danone Waters chooses Mypack mobile-centric IoT solution for connected packaging with a scope of activation up to 20 countries in the world where Danone Waters currently operates.

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a method for producing furan dicarboxylic acid (FDCA) from plant sugars for the production of drinking bottles, paints and industrial resins, which they claim is environmentally sound and economical. This technology enables production of plant-based products.

Amcor has been awarded three times by the 2017 DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. The global packaging company received a gold award in the Technological Advancement and Responsible Packaging categories for its Vento coffee packaging; silver for the 20-ounce Vitaminwater bottle in the Responsible Packaging category; and – in partnership with Crown Holdings Inc. – a gold award for Peelfit in the Technological Advancement and Responsible Packaging categories.

Nissei ASB Machine Co., Ltd. a leading manufacturer of PET and plastic bottle stretch blow moulding machines, will be conducting daily live moulding demonstration of its ASB-12M model, the latest iteration of the smallest class of machines produced by the company, that can trace their ancestry back to the early 1980s. Despite the small size of the machine, it has a vast range of capabilities for production of all types of PET containers including highly efficient light-weight bottles, all the way through to premium brand heavy-weight cosmetic containers of the highest quality.

1Blow will present its 2-cavity machine type 2LO that is capable of producing all types of PET bottles between 150ml and 2,5 litres: round, square, oval, off-centred, with or without neck orientation, for cold and hot fill applications. All options are directly available on a new machine or as an upgrade at a later stage. Consequently, 1Blow customers are free to adapt their equipment and their investment to the real needs of their markets.

Equipment and process technology specialist Sipa will point the spotlight at its expertise in speciality PET containers at interpack. It will have a single-cavity SFL 1 XL stretch-blow moulding machine making large bottles fitted in-line.

Since 1987 SMI has been developing cutting-edge projects and technologies, in order to offer turn-key bottling lines and flexible, ergonomic, efficient packaging machines, inspired by the concepts of Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things (IoT). On booth 14D12 SMI will exhibit the world premiere of the new compact blow-moulder EBS K Ergon in Ecobloc version (model Ecobloc Ergon 4-12-4 K EV) as well as an electronic volumetric filler.

Intravis once again welcomes the plastic packaging industry to its International User Meeting. The well-known producer of vision inspection systems announces the fourth issue of this event, to be held once again in Aachen, Germany. From 10 to 12 of May 2017, the participants discuss the topic of “Industrial Internet of Things – Where’s the Beef?” At the event, they have the chance to not only receive first-hand-information from presentations but also take actively part in discussions and workshops as well as to join a factory tour through the R&D labs and production floor.

The Logoplaste Vimágua water bottle has been awarded with the iF Design Award in the category “Packaging Design / Beverages”. Each year, Germany’s oldest independent design organisation, Hannover-based iF International Forum Design GmbH, organises the iF Design Award. This year’s award ceremony took place in the BMW Welt in Munich, Germany, on March 10, 2017.

Coca-Cola North America is brewing up a multi-brand strategy to compete more aggressively in the piping-hot cold coffee category. The company started to roll out a range of diverse yet complementary ready-to-drink (RTD) coffee offerings.

By creating a PETG alternative to traditional wine bottles, which are not only functional but are also designed to fit through a conventional letterbox, the brand Garçon Wines, based in London, UK, is opening up a new way to have wine delivered at home. Thanks to a unique shape, the 75cl bottles fit conveniently through a letterbox. Being made from PETG, they are also tough enough to withstand the delivery process.

The Procter & Gamble Company announced that Head & Shoulders (H&S) will produce the world’s first recyclable shampoo bottle made from up to 25% recycled beach plastic. In partnership with recycling experts TerraCycle and SUEZ, this innovation will come to France this summer as a limited-edition H&S bottle available to consumers in Carrefour. This will be the world’s largest production run of recyclable bottles made with post-consumer recycled (PCR) beach plastic, and a first major step in establishing a unique supply chain that involves the support of thousands of volunteers and hundreds of NGOs collecting plastic waste found on beaches.

PET Technologies Company together with the partner Packing Equipment Plant Thermo-Pack have successfully carried out a joint project and installed a complete filling line to bottle Krayna TM water produced by “Akazia 2013”.

January 13, 2017 | Portioned wine in PET

The US Californian company Stacktek is featuring a wine packaging solution engineered to emulate the look and feel of glass while offering portable convenience, portion control and ease. StackTek consists of four pre-filled, stemless 'glasses' that snap together to form the equivalent of a traditional 750ml bottle of wine.

Amcor Rigid Plastics has launched a new collection of crystal clear PET stock bottles and preforms for dairy, aseptic, and high-pressure processed (HPP) liquid beverages. These sleek containers are intended to deliver a positive consumer experience along with versatility and flexibility for brand owners and packaging manufacturers.

Effective immediately, the Polish Vodka brand Sobieski is now marketing its 1.75l premium product in a PET bottle from Greiner Packaging. While this step may seem surprising at first glance in an unusual product category, it makes perfect sense on closer inspection. Plastic bottles are light as a feather, stable, hygienic, and can be decorated in many ways.

In the works for several years, Agr International, Inc. has announced the commercialisation of its CrystalView product for optimising the material properties of PET bottles. The introduction of the CrystalView product expands the capabilities and the potential of Agr’s Process Pilot product group well beyond the measurement and management of material distribution. With this product, bottle manufacturers have the means to run the coldest possible process in order to optimise bottles material properties (orientation) while maintaining target material distribution.

November 30, 2016 | Organic Water+ range in PET

A custom-moulded bottle from RPC Promens Consumer Llantrisant is claimed to ensure that a new range of healthy, probiotic drinks stands out on-shelf. London-based Plenish is using the 330ml PET bottle from RPC to pack all three flavours – Lime Cucumber, Pineapple Ginger and Blueberry Pear – of its organic Water+ range.

On 9th November the annual World Beverage Innovation Awards took place at BrauBeviale in Germany as part of the 14th Beverage Awards. PET Engineering received during the ceremony its second World Beverage Innovation Award in the category “Best Bottle in PET” for Lux, the new PET premium bottle for still and sparkling water.

This year And & Or celebrated 30 years’ experience providing automated solutions for the plastic bottle industry (PET and HDPE). Participating for the 3rd consecutive time in the K Fair in Düsseldorf, Germany, the company reported on a highly successful commercial outcome, with visitors to their stand doubling in number compared to the previous edition.

Amcor Rigid Plastics, leading manufacturers of rigid plastic packaging for food, beverage, spirits, home/personal care and healthcare industries, has announced the first commercial use of its unique Apextm hot-fill PET containers with metal lug closures. Leading Mexican food supplier MegaMex Foods, LLC, an Orange, Calif.-based joint venture of Hormel Foods and Herdez del Fuerte, S.A. de CV, has launched its newest La Victoria organic salsa product in 24-ounce Apex PET containers at Costco club stores on the West Coast.

Gea will present components and solutions for breweries, wineries, beverage production as well as to beverage industry experts. Gea’s innovations and improvements offer a wide range of possibilities to make processes more efficient and hygienic, and improve product quality.

Petainer, a leader in PET packaging, is focusing on the fast-growing micro and craft brewer market as part of its global expansion plans. The business has made a significant investment to ensure that it can support this key market effectively and efficiently. Petainer has developed a highly tailored craft brewery proposition, which will be showcased at this year’s BrauBeviale.

For cans, PET or glass containers alike, and irrespective of the particular production step involved: on Krones' stand at this year's fair, one can find plenty of solutions covering the entire multifaceted spectrum of the beverage industry's needs. Kosme's KSB 6R blow-moulder, for example, supports you in producing PET bottles in a highly disparate range of sizes, at maximised cost-efficiency even in small batches.

As Industry 4.0 becomes ever more present in all industrial sectors, the Sigma Air Manager 4.0 (SAM 4.0) helps compressed air systems to keep up with the rapidly evolving associated technologies and services. Through connection to a centralised control system and real-time data transmission, it constantly keeps the operator up to date regarding every aspect of the compressed air supply system.

R&D Leverage Europe, acknowledged as a provider to the single stage blow-moulding industry, continually demonstrates its commitment to new technology development by pushing the boundaries of what's possible with PET, PP, and Eastman's trademarked co-polyester Triton.

SMI presents its rotary blow moulder series EBS (Electronic Blowing System) Ergon at K show. The series includes seven models, from 4 to 16 cavities, suitable for the production of PET containers up to 3 litres. The company states that the maximum output is of 2,300 bph per cavity for the 0.5 litre format (still water). Furthermore there are three HC models, from 3 to 6 cavities, for the production of containers up to 10 litres, with a maximum output of 1,200 bph per cavity for the 5 litre format.

For most PET converters, the overall market is growing whereas average bottle quantities per contract are getting smaller. This means a variety of different orders have to be produced within the same time frame, for example to include different neck types. To meet such demanding circumstances, increased flexibility is the only way forward.

Jomar Corp., a global manufacturer of injection blow moulding (IBM) machinery for the pharmaceutical, healthcare, personal care, beauty, food and beverage, and household products industries, has announced the launch of a next-generation injection blow moulding (IBM) machine series that incorporates a custom-designed servo-driven hydraulic system. The new Jomar IntelliDrive series delivers major improvements in energy consumption, output, and performance while also maintaining the machine’s footprint.

All of the components within a compressed air system should operate as efficiently as possible: compressors, compressed air treatment and distribution systems. True efficiency is measured at the system level. In other words, components don’t work in isolation, they work together in perfect coordination.

A two compartment package—with the bottom container snapping into the base of the larger top bottle—is being used to launch a disruptive new portable, shelf-stable cocktail line. Called the Clasper bottle, the innovative package development was driven by brand owner Yumix’s desire to give adult consumers a great tasting cocktail, which they could mix themselves anywhere, anytime.

Clariant announced availability of new blow-moulding tools that can help customers evaluate how Clariant colour and additive masterbatches perform in real-world applications. The tooling is available for use on full-size production blow-moulding machines located in the Company's West Chicago, IL, technical centre.

Spectra Packaging have recently invested in new injection stretch blow moulding machinery at their Suffolk plant, UK, to counter increased customer demand. This follows recent expansion initiatives across all facets of the business, which have seen new blow moulding machines as well as additional tooling equipment and extra investment in the firm's busy decoration department.

The LiquiForm Group has announced that Krones AG, a global manufacturer of filling and packaging equipment, has entered into a technology licensing agreement to further develop and commercialise LiquiForm’s breakthrough forming and filling manufacturing technology.

Reduced CO2 emissions with respect to utilisation of already efficient laser-guided vehicles (LGVs), cutting them to a quarter of those emitted by traditional storage systems which use fossil fuels, plus advantages in terms of logistic efficiency and process hygiene. This is Sacmi CPB LINK, the new highly automated dynamic buffer chosen by one of the biggest US bottled water production and marketing players as part of a production plant renewal program in Mexico and the US state of Texas.

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.

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.

Plastipak is partnered with AriZona Beverages to commercialise the first ThermoShape system in the U.S. The project came to life when AriZona challenged Plastipak to deliver a hot fill PET package while maintaining the look and feel of its iconic glass packaging.

July 08, 2016 | New pack for edible oil

RPC Promens Innocan has launched a range of PET containers that are ideal for the edible oil sector, offering a variety of benefits for both manufacturers and consumers. The excellent clarity of PET and the wide labelling area of the pack enable manufacturers to maximise brand image and on-shelf appeal, while the material's inherent barrier properties help to deliver a long shelf life.

M&H Plastics has recently completed production of a new 50ml bottle for SHS Drinks’ brand, bottlegreen. Initially produced to allow added value as an inclusion of a 50ml cordial serve in a twin pack of 750ml glass sparkling pressés for Waitrose meal deals, the use of these new plastic bottles has opened up a range of benefits to the company.

Kiefer Werkzeugbau GmbH with its headquater in Schwaigern, has worked almost for 30 years in the field of tool and mould making for the plastics processing industry. Global corporations from the packaging and food industry are also among the customers, as regional SMEs.

A custom-designed squeezy PET bottle from RPC Superfos is helping the UK’s No.1 Hot Pepper Sauce brand achieve greater visibility on shelf.

Nairobi Bottlers Ltd in Kenya has opted for an InnoPET BloFill stretch blow moulder/filler block as part of a larger complete package. For KHS, it was the placement of the 200th BloFill system on the world market.

The Krones cycling bottle has been awarded the "Packaging Design" in this year's A’Design Award for its extraordinary design. The bottle consists of stable PET, is said to be sturdy and can be reused. Geometric embossments in the body and neck area enhance the container to a veritable eye-catcher. An ergonomic grip area ensures that the bottle fits comfortably in the hand.

Polyone announced that its ColorMatrix business has licensed the right to manufacture, market and sell a high-performance light blocking technology for liquid dairy packaging from PET resin and concentrate manufacturer Novapet.

CSD manufacturer Refres Now from Argentina as invested in the biggest Sidel Combi ever built.? Part of a complete line, the Sidel Combi was installed at the company's bottling plant as a high-tech solution for bottling family pack sizes, which are in great demand in Argentina. The line features a Sidel Combi Eurotronica FMc and a Sidel Starblend mixer and is presently achieving production output rates of 30,000 bottles per hour for the larger two and a half litre bottles of carbonated soft drinks.

Sidel, has collaborated with Algar Agro to produce the world’s lightest 900ml PET bottle for edible oil. A large player in the Brazilian market, Algar Agro worked with Sidel to reduce the total weight of its finished bottle from 18 to 14 grams - a reduction of 22%.

GP Resources, LLC (GPR), is launching its real-time thickness measurement system for the plastic bottle and container manufacturing market.

The integrated plants of smi group’s new Ecobloc Ergon series are launched as a solution for the blow-moulding, filling and capping of PET and PP containers for the bottling of still and carbonated water, soft drinks, milk and edible oil up to 3l at the maximum output of 33,600 bottles/hour (0.5l). The series includes also high-capacity models (Ecobloc HC) for containers up to 10l and maximum output of 7,200 bottles/hour (5l).

PET Engineering, the international design company for design and industrialisation of PET packaging received the prestigious 2016 Packaging Oscar - Quality Design - category, at the headquarters of the Corriere della Sera in Milan, Italy. Adding on those already achieved in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

Husky’s booth (E3F01) showcases the company’s complete range of solutions and services for the beverage packaging, closures, medical, packaging, consumer electronics and automotive industries. “China is a very important market for Husky and we look forward to connecting with customers and prospects from the region. At this year’s Chinaplas we are highlighting the diverse range of markets that we serve and the innovative solutions that we offer,” said Jack Truong, President and Chief Operating Officer.

Special bottle shapes make high demands of many stretch blow moulders during production. The preferential heating system (PH) developed by the KHS Group enables bottlers to achieve perfect bottle quality with oval bottles in an energy-saving, safe and reliable process. The systems provider offers this option for its InnoPET Blomax Series IV.

With the collaborative contributions of R&D/Leverage UK, ISBM total Solution provider, and PET Power, a plastic bottle producer in the Netherlands, Fred Housheer, entrepreneur from the Netherlands, realised the Hydranome water bottle. This bottle lets the user know how much water they drink daily with the use of an interactive dial on the cap. The dial helps the consumer track the number of times the bottle has been filled and the dots on the lid show the adequate daily intake as well as the progress to meet this intake.

Because of its central location, the Bangkok service center will provide expanded services for Agr International, Inc. products over the entire Asian region. Over the last few years, southern Asia has been one of the fastest growing packaging markets, as evident by the growth in Agr’s customer base within this area. Expansion of services in this region was a logical decision, given the growing customer and the importance of this market.