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Sabic is reinforcing its activities in the plastics caps and closures (C&C) market. At the Plastic Closures Innovations Conference in Berlin on May 22-24, where Sabic was the headline sponsor, the company discussed its new Caps & Closures Industry segment, launched at the beginning of the year. It also introduced its latest materials and solutions for drink, food and non-food packaging caps and closures, and outlined its latest measures for addressing issues in the circular economy.

May 14, 2018 | Sound cap bottle

Himalayan Sparkling, India premium mineral sparkling water introduces a unique packaging innovation for its limited-edition ‘sound cap’ bottles, that are designed to play the sound of wind from the upper reaches of the Himalayas when you twist open the cap of the bottle.

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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 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.

An e-smoCap video is one of the first product videos to be found at Bericap's YouTube channel. The video gives a detailed overview of the main product features of e-smoCap. It is a childproof closure that allow easy refilling of e-cigarettes through a long, narrow nozzle - a technique that can be applied to other product sectors where precision dosing is of paramount importance. The closure is fully recyclable, complies with the Tobacco Product Directive and is ISO 8317 CRC certified by the French Laboratoire National d'Essais. A tamper evidence band ensures that it is tamper-proof, thus providing safe use for end consumers.

Switzerland based corvaglia group announced plans to build a new manufacturing facility in Newnan, Georgia. The company provides plastic cap and closure technology solutions to the beverage industry around the world. The new U.S. production facility will compliment corvaglia’s existing advanced manufacturing operations in Eschlikon, Switzerland and Ixtlahuaca, Mexico.

The Secure Flip next-generation sports cap from RPC Massmould is being used across a number of PET bottles for Highland Spring, the Number 1 UK natural sourced bottled water brand. The closure is available on the brand’s 330ml and 500ml Handy Packs and 750ml Active Packs.

With gains boosted by continued growth in bottled water, demand for plastic caps and closures is expected to increase 4.1% per year to nearly 1.9 trillion units in 2021. Growth in the pharmaceutical market will be above average. Value gains will be driven by a shift to dispensing and other closures that offer improved performance characteristics, while unit volume will continue to be dominated by low cost commodity caps. These and other trends are presented inthe new study Global Plastic Caps & Closures from the Freedonia group.

Global demand for caps and closures in beverage applications is projected to increase 3.5% annually to 1.5 trillion units in 2021. Among the most significant factors affecting the beverage industry overall is the shift in consumer preferences toward beverages that are healthy and convenient, with bottled water the primary beneficiary in volume terms.

October 10, 2017 | Dosing cap

UK Plastic Packaging Supplier & Manufacturer Raepak introduces its new dosing cap. It has been engineered to measure out the exact amount of liquid. The dosing cap can work with a range of liquid viscosities. This bottle cap makes it easier for the consumer to squeeze the correct amount of liquid every time.

Push-Pull, Twist-Top, Snip-Tip, or Toggle-Swing? The selection of caps and closures is hardly straightforward nowadays, and new varieties for beverages, cosmetics, and other goods are constantly being developed. Market research and consulting company Ceresana analysed the European market for plastic caps and closures already for the second time. Simple standard screw caps are still sold most frequently, however, caps and closures with an increased functionality gain importance in individual application areas. The analysts of Ceresana expect demand for plastic caps and closures in Europe to increase at an average growth rate of 2.0% p.a. until 2024.

September 13, 2017 | Foil closure for dairies

Drinktec GEA, Hall A3 - Stand 313 Gea will be unveiling its Sterilfoil technology for the first time at Drinktec. This new technique for fitting sterile foil caps on PET and HDPE bottles makes Gea able to offer a complete range of aseptic closure options. This provides its customers with flexibility allowing them to choose the bottling and capping system that best suits their needs.

September 05, 2017 | Shoot & cap

Drinktec Netstal, Hall A4 - Stand 321 The Swiss injection moulding system provider Netstal will be producing 38mm single-piece closures for milk bottles on an Elion 2200-1000. Shoot and cap: the HDPE closures, which weigh just 2.8g, are produced in a 32 cavity mould from z-moulds and, thanks to the patented z-slides, they receive a fully-functioning tamper evident band in the mould.

Drinktec Contexo, Hall A4 - Stand 236 German machine builder Contexo is presenting its continuous motion technology for fast assembly of sports caps and complex closures. The machine on show has an output rate of over 1,300,000 parts a day - while at the same time the footprint is low.

Drinktec United Caps, Hall A4 - Stand 535 At Drinktec, United Caps will demonstrate how their market-driven approach fosters the development of closures that perform as well in the plant as they do in the hand. With a 50/50 split between customised and non-bespoke solutions, United Caps will also showcase the latest in customised solutions like the innovative Wattwiller closure, which features a petal-flower design that is not only eye-catching but allows end users to open bottles with little effort.

Drinktec Claranor, Hall A3 - Stand 111 Claranor will be at Drinktec to present its latest innovations dedicated to the beverage industry. On top of its latest solutions: the Claranor Puls’Full Cap, a cap sterilisation for the most sensitive filling line. The cap is decontaminated not only inside, but also outside, adapted for ESL 60 days and more. Further on Claranor Essential, a cap decontamination equipment compact and cost attractive for lower speed lines (<16.000 bph) will be shown.

July 14, 2017 | 24 caps in 2.7 seconds

Drinktec Arburg, Hall A4 - Stand 323 Arburg will demonstrate at Drinktec its injection moulding technology which has been specially optimised for the packaging industry, particularly for fast sequence and high-cavity moulds. The exhibit, a packaging version of the hybrid Allrounder 570 H, has a clamping force of 1,800 kN and a size 800 injection unit. Twenty-four drink bottle caps will be produced in a cycle time of only 2.7 seconds on a high-performance mould from Z-moulds. The weight of the HDPE moulded parts is 1.25 grams. A vacuum conveyor and a direct colouring device ensure a correspondingly high throughput. Quality monitoring is carried out in-line using an optical system.

United Caps, a global reference for the design of high performing plastic caps and closures, announced an investment in the development of manufacturing capabilities in Malaysia. The company will be building a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility to meet increasing customer demand in the region for its advanced caps and closures.

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.

Processing Technologies International (PTi) has released the findings of an independent study which reaffirms FDA guidelines for the use of virgin PET cap layers as functional barriers over post-consumer recycled non-letter of no objection (hereinafter referred to as PCR) PET flake materials for direct food packaging use at room temperature. The study, which was completed in conjunction with Plastic Technologies Inc., Holland, Ohio, and Container Science Inc., Atlanta, Georgia, found that a 1-mil-thick virgin PET cap layer meets the necessary functional barrier requirements, eliminating surface contaminates within multilayer food packages made of PCR PET materials for room temperature (70°F/21°C) applications.

To respond to increasing demand for higher performance and convenience in the beverage industry, RPC Obrist Madrid has launched a new 38mm closure specifically developed to be compatible with aseptic filling lines.

Bericap has developed a new 2-piece sports closure, allowing a 2-colour look with a transparent PP shell and a coloured HDPE pourer section. The new sports closure is designed with a tear strip, offering tamper evidence functionality for the over-cap, but it will also be available as bridge-only - just break the bridges by moving the over-cap upward with the thumb.

Aptar Food + Beverage, a company producing dispensing solutions for the concentrate market, has partnered with Karlovarská Korunni, a leading mineral water and syrup producer in Czech Republic to launch a new vitamin syrup using the Duo dispensing closure.

Husky Injection Molding Systems demonstrates two complete integrated closure systems. The recently introduced HyCAP 4 system for beverage closure manufacturing comes with more machine, mould and auxiliary integration to offer increased productivity, energy efficiency and a simplified operator experience. The HyCAP 4 is running a 1.25 gram 29/25 closure for a mineral water application at a 2.4 second cycle time. For the first time, the company also demonstrates its new system solution for the manufacture of specialty closures, HyperSync.

For the first time at the Düsseldorf fair the compact line with the 24-cavity CCM compression press synchronised with the cap anti-tamper band slitter will be presented. The Colorarcap cap digital printing solution has now reached a higher level of development that allows coloured caps to be decorated too, thus exploring what some consider being the final frontier of digital decoration: unlimited colour development, ultra-high definition, yet also flexibility to ensure the right response whatever the customer’s production/promotional needs.

The closures used for 5-gallon water containers are known as HOD (Home and Office Delivery) closures. The necks of these containers are standard across the world. Due to the blow moulding process, however, the necks usually exhibit poor quality and a variation in diameter which often results in leakage from 5-gallon containers, except where an adequate HOD closure is used.

Husky Injection Molding Systems has announced the launch of its next generation system for high output beverage closure moulding, HyCap 4. Husky launched its HyCap platform in 2009. “Husky is committed to reducing our customers’ total cost to produce,” said Gerardo Chiaia, Husky’s President of Global Beverage Packaging.