Sidel joins together PET Engineering in Italy and COMEP in France.
Sidel’s new StarLITE HPC base design boosts bottle stability by up to 25%, cuts weight, and enables faster blowing and lower blowing pressure.
KHS shrink packers for bottles now can handle shrink film with up to 100% recycle.
Use of clear PET bottles for fresh milk is a growing trend, and Amcor offers up to 100% PCR content, as well as a UV barrier additive that doesn’t affect clarity.
Priority Plastics is thinking big—large, wide-mouth containers and drums, that is—to offer new concepts to the U.S. market. The company is launching lines of industrial and consumer packaging made on machinery said to offer capabilities not seen before in the U.S.
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The Italian manufacturer of blow molding machinery has been acquired by a fellow Italian company, which services, rebuilds and sells used blow molding machines.
The work really begins after you've ordered your new machine.
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Two California bottling plants are producing Crystal Geyser spring water bottles with at least 50% rPET now. Soon, the company plans to be using 100% rPET in all seven of its U.S. plants.
Honeywell has expanded beyond Aclar barrier films into Aclar Edge barrier bottles for pharmaceuticals and other moisture- and oxygen-sensitive products.
A domestic source for tool design, build and repair for Aoki injection stretch-blow molding machines.
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.
Spotty information from blow molding machinery exhibitors indicates that the “Circular Economy” will be a recurrent theme and that PET processing will predominate.
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.
Complex shapes required for the latest motorcycle gas tanks favor injection over blow molding. Lanxess and BMW have a monolayer nylon solution.
Large liners for hydrogen composite pressure vessels are a challenge to blow mold. Kautex found a material and a technique to achieve a world “first.”
Sidel converted its main stretch-blow molding development center to a production of PET hand-sanitizer bottles.
Amcor’s two new looks for PET wine bottles—one with PCR---and a first all-PCR PET multivitamin bottle.