With manufacturers placing more importance on minimising carbon footprint, most have attempted to significantly lightweight their PET containers. However this might not be the reality, says plastic packaging developer Plastic Technologies Incorporated (PTI).

More than just a position for product information and branding messages, beverage labels has evolved to provide more benefits for manufacturers. By Raffaele Pace, labelling product manager, Sidel

RPC Promens Innocan has launched a range of PET containers for the edible oil sector for both manufacturers and consumers.

Clarity and wide labelling area of the PET packs enable manufacturers to maximise brand image and on-shelf appeal, while the material’s inherent barrier properties help to deliver a long shelf life.

For consumers, the lightweight, ergonomic design ensures safe handling. The central neck allows pouring with no glugging. The lightweight, stackable and fully recyclable containers deliver pallet utilisation of 45 x 20 litre containers per pallet. They are available in a range of standard sizes—2, 5, 10, 15, and 20 litres.

KHS, in conjunction with Bottles and Shapes lightweighting, have introduced lightweight PET bottles.

The 0.5 litre bottles weigh 8.9 g, while the 1.5 litre containers come in at 22 g. In contrast, the conventional 0.5 litre PET bottle weighs 13 g, while the1.5 litre one weighs up to 26 g. The lighter bottles still retain the stability found in heavier bottles.

The company has developed bottle designs and preforms for both formats that will make the bottles lighter. The major cost, 70 percent, of producing PET bottles comes from the materials, leading to high cost savings.

With growing public awareness on food waste, authorities and manufacturers are stepping up their efforts in trying to reduce wastage. Fresh thinking on packaging designs can go a long way in this pursuit. By Julian Money, founder, and Richard Paradine, head of technical, Rapid Action Packaging

In one of the biggest-ever investment projects in the company’s history, Coca-Cola Amatil is currently changing all its plants to in-house PET-container production, rendering itself independent of converters. The company will be installing over 30 blow-moulder/filler monoblocs from 2007 to 2015, bringing concomitant benefits for both the company’s cost structure and the natural environment. By Peter Buchhauser, Krones

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