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‘World’s Lightest’ PET Bottle for Edible Oil

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900-ml bottle weighs 22% less.

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Sidel, the French builder of stretch-blow molding machinery (U.S. office in Norcross, Ga.), collaborated with Algar Agro of Brazil to produce what’s said to be the world’s lightest 900-ml PET bottle for edible oil. The joint effort succeeded in reducing bottle weight by 22% from 18 to 14 g. Sidel tested the new design at its Packaging & Tooling Centre in Guadalajara, Mexico. With the purchase of two Sidel Matrix reheat stretch-blow machines, one for each of its plants, Algar Agro believes it is the first oil producer in Brazil to integrate PET preform injection and bottle blowing. The Matrix machines are installed in bottling lines producing 25,000 filled bottles/hr.