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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.

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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.

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.

Demo Design and Moulds were commissioned to come up with the design for Vinadio’s Sant’Anna new bottle. The 750ml bottle features a sports cap that is intended to convey the Piedmontese group’s message: a unique and practical large format container, convenient for athletes to use during training.

One of the latest developments of German vinegar producers together with Bericap is a two piece closure for edible oil and vinegar. The so-called CTC IP suits the PET neck 29/21, is intended to show a modern and young appearance and to fulfil the requirements of increasingly more demanding customers.

The last few years have seen a significant drive for reductions in the cost of packaging for all beverages alongside with an improvement in the carbon footprint of the package. But consumer convenience became more important, too.

February 22, 2016 | Smeraldina Sport Cap from Demo

Demo Design and Moulds has developed the new "Sport Cap" container for Acqua Smeraldina, Italy. The company’s design department studied the new 0.75 litre bottle with a push and pull cap for still products, beginning with the client’s requests, and transforming them in to a functional product.

Global Closure Systems will exhibit and present it latest product developments at Packaging Innovations 2016 in Birmingham, on February 24-25, 2016 – booth B34. GCS will present its portfolio of standard as well as bespoke closure solutions and dispensing systems for the beverage, food, household, health care, personal care and wine & spirits markets.