Global economic shutdown causes downturn in new orders and production.
Demand for hand sanitizer, alcohol, cleaning products and beverages is reportedly straining capacity in blow molding.
Customers want more PCR—including food grade—than recyclers can supply. Solutions involve efforts to educate customers, employees, and the community at large. New technologies also offer hope.
At Sussex IM, compact cells of side-by-side injection and blow molding machines “assemble” reusable water bottles with insert blow molding and automated transfer, trimming and leak testing.
Ring Container Technologies, Oakland, Tenn., a blow molder of HDPE and PET packaging, announced the first customer for its new SmartCAN, a PET can designed to replace the common composite can with a much more easily recyclable alternative at comparable cost.
IKV and KHS Corpoplast in Germany collaborate on SiOx barrier coating that can withstand caustic washing for multi-trip PET bottles.
Plastics processors are among the manufacturers that stepped up big-time in the face of the global COVID-19 pandemic. I’m proud to turn over this space this month to Rick Kline Jr., president of our parent company Gardner Business Media, whose comments below (edited) appeared originally March 31 in a OpEd piece published by the Wall Street Journal.
COVID-19 results in weaker new orders, production dips and a disrupted supply chain in March. But for how long?