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United Caps, an international manufacturer of caps and closures, reported that it held a successful event at its Hungarian plant to celebrate the manufacture of its 10 billionth closure this year, its innovative doubleflow closure for edible oils. It is the first time in the company’s history that 10 billion closures have been produced in a 12 month period.

October 11, 2018 | Fast cap production

Engel hall A5, stand 5204

At the Fakuma trade fair in Friedrichshafen, Germany, Engel will demonstrate a further reduction in cycle times for the production of caps. An all-electric Engel e-cap 2440/380 will be used to produce 26mm caps, including tamper-proof bands made of HDPE, at a cycle time of under 2 seconds under realistic manufacturing conditions. The optimised movement of profiles allows an increased output. The Engel e-cap 380 with 3,800kN of clamping force can provide a dry cycle time of 1.4sec.

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August 27, 2018 | Sugar-cane based closures

United Caps, an international manufacturer of caps and closures, and Braskem, a leading Brazilian petrochemical company, reported they have collaborated to deliver to the market Greener bio-sourced plastic caps and closures. Bio ethanol, the feedstock for "I'm green" Polyethylene, the basis for United Caps Greener bioplastic caps, is derived from sugarcane, a renewable alternative to traditional fossil feedstocks.

Qosmedix announced that a new group of PET bottles has been added to their comprehensive packaging category. This extensive new collection includes 15ml and 30ml bottles in clear, blue and amber. Corresponding glass dropper caps are available in black or white/metallic silver and flat screw caps are available in black or white. These components are ideal for storing and easily dispensing small quantities of liquid formulations like oils, aromatherapy products, personal care products and more. The interchangeable caps allow for versatility and provide users the convenience of choosing the best packaging solution for their product.

Setting a clear focus on the broad range of product innovations that have lately been developed, and a detailed overview of the ongoing worldwide expansion, Bericap will be presenting itself at FachPack trade fair in Nuremberg September 25-27,2018.

United Caps, an international manufacturer of caps and closures, announced it will be constructing a new manufacturing plant in Dinnington, Rotherham, as part of the company’s ‘Close to You’ strategy. The initial facility will be 5,000 square meters, with an option to expand to 20,000 square meters as business growth demands.

Closure Systems International (CSI) has launched a new closure engineered for cold-filled products, such as probiotic drinks, energy drinks and carbonated soft drinks. The new Pro-Lok GL 38mm closure is claimed to provide bottlers with exceptional closure performance, enhanced safety features, consumer satisfaction and total system support.

United Caps, an international manufacturer of caps and closures, hosted an open house celebrating the opening of its extended R&D facility in Messia, France, on June 21st. Representatives from Nestlé joined in the celebration, which featured an innovative project undertaken to develop a brand-new closure for Nescafé Gold.

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.

May 09, 2018 | Closures on top

Corvaglia, South Hall 36150, Corvaglia, a leading supplier of closure solutions for PET bottles, will be present at the NPE2018. A team of experts will be delighted to discuss possible solutions with visitors at the company’s booth. Corvaglia offers a great variety of closures, closure designs and closure moulds for the PET bottle sector. Recent innovations are claimed to contain a better to grip 1881 slitted/folded closure.

Engel, West Hall, Booth W3303 Highest degree of efficiency with the best quality and shortest cycle times: This is the daily challenge that the manufacturers of beverage caps face. For the production of 26mm caps with tamper-proof bands made from HDPE, Engel is presenting a state-of-the-art solution at the NPE.

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.