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"MARKET SURVEY 31 PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net Stretch Blow Moulds 05/2020 MARKETsurvey Resins & additives Preform machinery Preform production & inspection  Preform & SBM mould manufacturer SBM 2 stage Compressors Caps & closures & inspection Filling equipment & inspection Recycling Palletising & shrink film machinery Suppliers of preform and SBM moulds In this issue of PETplanet we are very glad to present you an update of mould manufacturing for performs and SBM moulds. Please have a close look at the companies showing their newest developments: Stretch blow moulds: Vitalii and Son, PETform Technologies, Hallink RSB Inc, Wentworth Mold Ltd., PET Technologies, Sipa S.p.A., Kosme mbH, Kiefer Werkzeugbau GmbH, FlexBlow, SMI S.p.A., Röders GmbH Preform moulds: PETform Technologies, StackTec Systems Ltd., Sacmi Imola, TPS Tooling Preform Systems, MHT Mold & Hotrunner Technology AG, Petka Kalip A.S., Sipa S.p.A., Otto Hofstetter AG, Husky Injection Molding Systems, Pass Card Co. Ltd., Krones AG Although the publishers have made every effort to ensure that the information in this survey are up to date, no claims are made regarding completeness or accuracy. Company name Vitalii and Son PETform Technologies Hallink RSB Inc. Wentworth Mold Ltd. Postal address Telephone number Web site address Contact name Function Direct telephone number E-Mail #276, bul. Vladislav Varnenchik 9009, City Varna, Bulgaria +359 887 978757 www.vitaliiandson.eu Vitalii Marinyak Executive Director +359 888 518782 office@vitaliiandson.eu 54 Daman Industrial Estate Nani Daman 396210, India +91 97697 58634 www.petform.net Amit Rathod Technical Sales +91 97697 58634 info@petform.net 284 Pinebush Road, Cambridge, Ontario N1T 1Z6, Canada +1 519 624-9720 www.hallink.com Jason Warmington General Manager +1 519 624-9720 jwarmington@hallink.com 156 Adams Blvd., Brantford, ON, N3S 7V5, Canada +1 519 754-5400 www.wentworthmold.com Tar Tsau General Manager +1 519 754-5400 ext 611 ttsau@wentworthmold.com Stretch blow moulds Bottle size (max.) (in litres) 0.02 to 20 50 20 10 Moulds supplied directly to blowing machine manufacturers Yes No Yes Yes Do you supply retrofit moulds for existing SBM machines? Yes Yes Yes Yes.  Also manufacture multiplatform compatible mould systems For which bottle maker have you already produced moulds Obolon, Ukraine; Geku Plastik GmbH; Precision Bottles Ltd, UK; Moulded Packaging, UK; Carlsberg, Bulgaria; Devin, Bulgaria; Eco bottles Ltd, Bulgaria; Nioro Plastics Ltd, RSA; Centro Fruta DOOEL, N. Macedonia ; RPC, France; and others Sidel, Krones, Krupp, Kosme, Sipa, SMI, Techlong, Nissei, Amsler, Magplastic, etc. Sidel, Krones, KHS, Sipa, Nissei ASB, Aoki, Kosme, Siapi, Side, Urola, 1Blow, W. Amsler, Chia-Ming, Aoli, etc. For all blow moulding machine platforms, e.g. Sidel, Krones, KHS, Sipa, etc. Bottle design service Yes Yes Yes, services include preforms and bottle design, rapid prototyping, bottle sampling on a lab stretch blow moulder and on-site process assistance Yes. Container design, prototype sampling and bottle performance tests. Specialities All kind of moulds for rotary and linear machines Large bottles Manufacturing stretch blow moulds and change parts (aka personalisation parts, handling parts and/or product dependant parts) for any make of 2-stage stretch blow moulder, un-scrambler and blow/fill/cap system Hot-fill/heat-set moulds with energy efficient system and multi-platform interchangeable quick mould systems Other Design; 3D print; prototyping; bottle's shape analysis Manufacturing perso parts, descrambler, filler and capper change parts as well as blow mould/change parts custom tooling carts Joint development projects for special applications and new blow mould development.","@ID":33}

"PACKAGING / PALLETISING PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net 25 Holland Colours solutions for PET and rPET Food-safe and secure additive-free laser marking Food brands and PET bottle converters face a dilemma when it comes to preventing counterfeiting and ensuring product safety. Either use inkjet printing to mark bottles with production, use-by and other important information, or engrave this information onto the bottle with a laser. The first of these is open to counterfeiting and migration into food; the second requires the use of expensive additives that also reduce the bottle’s recyclability. PACKAGING Overcoming two key problems without using additives Holland Colours introduced MarkIT, an all-new library of colour pigments that support laser marking without the need for additives. The technology is suitable for both PET and rPET, and can also be used on PVC products for the building and construction industry. “The problem with inkjet printing,” notes Raymond Jongman, Sales Manager EMEA of Holland Colours, “is that counterfeiters can easily remove it. And the problem with laser marking is that it causes ablation and melting, especially for pressurised applications like carbonated soft drink packaging. This can be problematic as damage to the bottle wall, may cause potential weak points. MarkIT overcomes both challenges.” Ablation is what happens when the heat generated by the laser removes the top layer of the material it is marking. Melting refers to the slightly burned look that laser marking can create when the plastic absorbs the laser light. Neither is desirable, especially if target market is brandconscious consumers. Until now, the only way around this problem has been for converters to add special laser marking additives to the PET compound or resin. However, there are two problems with this: first, the additives are costly and second, their use may contaminate the recycling stream. A melt-free, burn-free solution without additives Holland Colours’ MarkIT is a range of encapsulated colour pigments that support melt-free and burn-free laser marking without the need to use laser marking additives. The collection comprises selected pigments from the company’s Holcopearl range. In trials, these have been shown to react in a predictable and positive way to the wavelength of the laser. It helps to realise safely, securely, and costeffectively imprint brand, production date, batch number, use-by and other information onto PET bottles. In combination with the Videojet 7000 Fiber Laser series, this is a proven concept. Jan Schrauwen, Sales Manager at Holland Colours, explains: “Videojet, a global leader in the development and manufacture of high-quality product identification equipment for coding and marking was looking for a better laser marking solution for a baby-food producer. During this search, we discovered that one of our formulations supported fully additive-free laser marking. From there, we used our knowledge to predict which pigments would support additive-free laser marking. Then we created a corresponding range of pigments and custom colour solutions. These pigments react at certain wavelengths, don’t damage the top layer, and don’t migrate. We can offer them in a range of custom-made colours, including black, white, green, red, and clear.” The MarkIT pigment range can be incorporated into the production process in the same way as the company’s Holcopearl technology and supports laser marking both inline, after blow filing, and offline. www.hollandcolours.com www.videojet.com","@ID":27}

"29 PACKAGING / PALLETISING PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net PACKAGING Sustainable packaging solutions How is it possible to transform the predominant mode of resource consumption into a sustainable circular economy and what options does the industrial sector have for accomplishing this change are the questions Krones AG are addressing. The LitePac Top secondary packages from Krones, e.g. as a cardboard clip for non-returnable PET containers or cans, reflect this approach. The LitePac series is produced with a lower energy consumption and less wastage than with shrinkpacks, claims the company. The packaging used in LitePac Top can be produced from recycled materials, and after consumption be recycled again. LitePac Top can be handled using the Varioline 2M packer. The Varioline series offers flexibility with a combination of secondary and tertiary packaging. In all, more than 20 different packaging combinations can be created on a single machine. By using encapsulated, lifetime-lubricated bearings, electric vacuum pumps or a drive system where the braking energy is recovered and re-used for acceleration, the Varioline is claimed to unite sustainability, efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Flexibility, brilliant colours and plenty of creative scope in terms of visual and haptic container design are offered by the DecoType direct-printing machine from Dekron. Direct printing enables new designs to be cost-efficiently applied to bottles within a minimised timeframe. By printing the motif directly on the container’s body, the labels, which often consist of plastics, can be dispensed with. Direct printing functions with both virgin PET and bottles made of recyclate. The imprinted bottles themselves can also be recycled again. And for recovering the plastics involved as well, Krones has a solution in its portfolio. Because the MetaPure recycling systems not only enable PET bottles to be recycled into food-grade PET, but also plastic packages to be recovered and even upcycled. www.krones.com","@ID":31}

"LABELLING PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net 39 integrated in the printer housing or located in separate housings, depending on the type of substrate; glass requires a primer. Final UV curing is housed within the bloc. The skid-mounted system is equipped with a central ink supply and automatic bottle exchange mechanics, ready to be connected to filtered compressed air and electricity supplies. It is controlled by PC and PLC and equipped with a central operator console and interface for imaging and control software. Internal transportation is connected to a conveyor system. The machine works without operator intervention and adjusts automatically to different bottle diameters, defined in the control unit and released for production. DecoType Compact’s colour spectrum is the same as the DecoType Lab. DecoType Performance Dekron says that its rotary Performance machine brings industrial speed and scale to digital decoration. The machine has been designed from the ground up around the Dekron Printing Systems Duo technology; it can incorporate up to 24 units, which means 48 printing stations are available. It has been developed for 24/7 operation and is capable of processing up to 24,000 glass or 36,000 PET containers/h, depending on bottle and decoration specification. Dekron says that it combines traditional labelling machines’ high output with the flexibility of digital printing. The heart of the system is a carousel table. Printing Systems Duo units are mounted side-by-side on the turret and equipped with a quick connection frame for fast changeover and to facilitate offline maintenance. Ink supply is located on the turret. Pretreatment (which depends on the substrate) and final UV curing can be integrated into the printer housing or separately located. Control is by PC and PLC; imaging and control software is accessed by a central operator console and interface. Cleaning is automatic. Performance uses specially-formuated UV inks; pretreatment and UV curing is integrated. It features the same colour range as Lab and Compact, controlled by Print Server. www.krones.de DecoType Lab DecoType Compact DecoType Performance","@ID":41}

"PETnews 6 NEWS PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net New CFO at Holland Colours Holland Colours NV, producer of colour concentrates for the polymer industry, announced that Tanja van Dinteren has been nominated as the new CFO. She will join the company on June 1, 2020. The official appointment of Tanja van Dinteren will take place by means of nomination to the shareholders at the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders on July 16, 2020. Tanja van Dinteren has worked as CFO of Engie Energie Nederland NV since 2016. During her career she gained extensive experience in finance, control and accounting within various entities of the Engie Group. Before that, she worked as an auditor at KPMG Accountants. www.hollandcolours.com Herbold Meckesheim sees boom in incoming orders Contrary to the experience of equipment suppliers to the automotive segment, the suppliers of waste disposal and recycling technology are seeing a boom in incoming orders. Herbold Meckesheim announced to have full order books for 2020 and projects for 2021are already being finalised. That is unusual for a market that used to have delivery times of less than 6 months. The reason for this sudden rise in demand can be explained by a combination of regional driving forces and long-term technological trends, states Herbold. Among these driving forces are EU programmes and subsidies, the decision of various countries to make up for their obvious deficits in recycling plastics, which is especially the case for France and Germany. Among the regional driving forces are countries that relied too heavily on the export of their waste to China. Among them are not only Ireland and Germany but also Australia, New Zealand and Japan. China is also amongst the regional driving forces as they start to create their own modern waste industry. Russia is doing the same albeit on a smaller scale. The US, Canada and Mexico are developing a self-sustaining recycling industry which is using the knowledge and experience gained in Europe to treat all kinds of waste. Film waste, currently being dumped in landfill or incinerated is also being treated. Two technological trends have emerged: 1) Chemical recycling: various market participants are working on solutions and a number of larger plants are being built in North America and Europe. Herbold’s equipment is currently in high demand to treat the flow of waste in a cost-saving, high-performance way and at a constant high-level quality. 2) Equal to virgin recycled plastic: to produce high-quality recycled material, Herbold has developed optimised washing procedures that allow a high percentage of recycled plastic material to be used for new products. The main criteria compared with procedures of the past are a considerable reduction in odour and few visual errors caused by foreign colours or residual contamination. These solutions are made possible by cleverly designing and combining the following process steps: size reduction, washing, separation and drying as well as compacting of fines, films and fibres. www.herbold.com In the current situation of social, health and economic challenges, the PET industry shows its innovative side. We receive a lot of news about short-term adjustments that ensure the continuity of production under increased hygienic standards. And there are also many projects that were realised with a lot of heart and soul in a very short time in order to provide support to the healthcare sector. PETplanet collects official statements from customers & companies in the PET value chain on how they cope with the situation on petpla.net (regular updates).","@ID":8}

"LABELLING PETplanet Insider    Vol. 18    No. 0/17    petpla.net 37 Processing recycled resins Green labelling Less glue, less raw material waste, thinner and better-performing labels, made out of recycled resin. These labels are produced by Sacmi’s labeller family at its Verona plant. It is one of Sacmi’s solutions to take the industry into the circular economy age. LABELLING A key tool for getting messages across to both markets and consumers, the modern label takes its cue from heightened public awareness and stricter standards as part of a drive towards green packaging. Sacmi has risen to the challenge of the circular economy by implementing new developments across its entire labeller range, by reducing glue usage and the use of everthinner labels saving raw materials and reducing waste. More specifically, Sacmi labellers are designed to allow the application of labels made from PCR (post-consumer recycled) materials. Sacmi has, then, seized the opportunities that stem from the processing of food-grade recycled resins by implementing it on every solution in the portfolio, from closures to preforms and, of course, labels. Thanks to an extensive understanding of plastic materials and processes, Sacmi has drawn on years of research to identify new bio-compatible materials and ensure, across the standard machine range, that users can process re-use resins. The Sacmi range benefits from the Group’s ability to work alongside customers via its Global Network at every stage of the order, from initial design to after-sales assistance. Close support from the Sacmi R&D facility lets customers test all solutions prior to implementing full production (the Verona facility has been quality certified by the industry’s major international players). In addition to green labelling, the Sacmi range offers various opportunities thanks to the development of solutions upstream and downstream from the labelling line. These include the new D-Match digital module; this allows personalised single-pass label decoration, a solution for example of interest to large hotel chains and the catering/hospitality sector as it allows for eye-catching brand personalisation and enhancement. Close support from the Customer Service Division comes as standard across the entire Sacmi range. In synergy with the Sacmi Global Network, this division provides advanced training and technical assistance packages and services, which can also be accessed remotely via IT solutions such as augmented reality. Sacmi labelling machines can be used in concert with labelling vision systems, LVS units, ensuring total quality control at every stage of the process. www.sacmi.com Dimensional and thickness measurements for plastic containers and preforms.","@ID":39}

"TOP TALK PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net 11 in a country that is not particularly affluent. It is also unclear when life in India will return to normal. PETplanet Insider: To what extent could coronavirus affect industrial relations with India, particularly between Europe and India? Rajesh Nath: Border closures, production shutdowns and lockdowns will all have an impact on both supply and demand. However, the Indian economy has an advantage given its relative isolation and the fact that it is not so deeply embedded within global supply chains with limited exports going to world markets. PETplanet Insider: What steps can the Government take to ensure the survival of small companies in India, particularly the PET packaging industry such as converters and bottlers? Rajesh Nath: India is putting together an economic stimulus package worth US$ 19.6 billion to address the impacts of the economic downturn which is expected to be agreed by the end of March. The Reserve Bank of India is also following the example of other global central banks by announcing a cut in interest rates in order to provide liquidity to the markets. These measures will certainly help the PET consumer industry. PETplanet Insider: Could there really be a shortage of PET for packaged drinks and food if supply chains were interrupted? Rajesh Nath: We have heard nothing so far which would suggest that. However, it can be assumed that there will be a strong demand for these items as people who are staying indoors to follow lockdown and quarantine regulations are increasingly consuming food packaged in PET. PETplanet Insider: The Indian market is renowned for its ingenuity. What good could or will come out of this global crisis? For example, we are seeing a stronger shift in many countries to online transactions during and after lockdowns. During the demonetisation of the Indian currency at the end of 2016, there was hardly any cash available at times, with huge numbers of people queueing outside banks. As a result, many large and small shops were quickly able to pay digitally using the Paytm money transfer app, a kind of PayPal for the local market which, in the end, made cash virtually irrelevant. In fact, apps for various services are in use everywhere. Rajesh Nath: That’s right. India, particularly in the large conurbations, is an excellent example of how everyday life can be made easier with the use of apps. For example, you can now do your shopping, order a taxi or groceries by simply using your mobile. It does not really matter if you are in a supermarket or at a street food stand. However, the coronavirus will inevitably result in an increased shift towards online outlets. In the B2C sector, this will mainly involve restaurant orders, food deliveries from supermarkets and traditional online trading. The coronavirus can, of course, offer opportunities by enhancing our ability to quickly assess problems and come up with effective solutions. The Indian Government has an additional interest in supporting the economy’s resourcefulness. Labs are being established and invitations for tenders issued, with smaller bars, hotels and restaurants now switching to supplying services on the ground, e.g. from meals to alcoholic drinks, as a result of the lockdown. The ability to react quickly to events is certainly there. Where all this will lead, however, remains to be seen. PETplanet Insider: How can and will the VDMA support its members in India? Rajesh Nath: We offer support by providing them with the latest news on political developments and individual business sectors, both from India and Germany. Furthermore, the VDMA, as it has done previously but particularly so now, offers special added value for its members through its close networking activities with political decision-makers and in individual sectors. It is important, especially during such times of separation and isolation, to have a central point of contact acting as a conduit for providing members with a flow of valuable information despite current working difficulties. PETplanet Insider: How much longer do you think the coronavirus will preoccupy India and the rest of the world? Rajesh Nath: This is a question which has been occupying the thoughts of experts all around the world. However, I think it is unhelpful to put any timescale on when the crisis might end. Current thinking would suggest at least six months. PETplanet Insider: Looking ahead to the DTI event in Mumbai, what real impact or opportunities do you see coming out of the exhibition or from other trade fairs and conferences where the industry will be represented? Rajesh Nath: We are assuming that all the events will take place as usual. Business difficulties often result in new ways of thinking coming to the fore. The very fact that people and companies are having to limit their activities worldwide enables innovative solutions to pressing issues of the day to be discussed at trade fairs. The DTI exhibition will also offer opportunities for attendees to meet experts from their own industries after lengthy periods of working restrictions. PETplanet Insider: Finally, I would like to ask what personal protection measures you and your family are taking and how real your everyday life is. What is the mood among friends, from the economy – what positive developments are you seeing? Rajesh Nath: Everyday life here is similar to that in other countries. People only leave their homes to go shopping, or alternatively, you can have food delivered to your home. However, you have to get used to lengthy delivery times which are typically 4-5 days. VDMA India staff are currently home-working, with issues that normally require face-to-face meetings being discussed using video-conferencing. Support is being provided within local communities and food shared during the crisis. PETplanet Insider: Thank you very much for talking to us and sharing your thoughts, Rajesh. We wish you and your family continued good health and wellbeing during these difficult times! www.vdma.org","@ID":13}

"53 PRODUCTS PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net PET bottle design from glass to PET Maintaining the familiar/popular design of a glass bottle and adapting this for the production of PET bottles is a challenge Kiefer GmbH is used to. The implementation of a glass bottle for PET bottle production is often asked for premium catering. In a recent example the elaborate engraved logo in the glass bottle was taken. Manufactured were 0.5 l and 1.0 l rotary blow moulding. The bottle is made in dark blue PET and is finding its use in the field of international premium gastronomy. As an independent mould maker Kiefer manufactures blow moulds made of aluminium for all rotary blow moulding machines from Krones, Sacmi, Sidel, Sipa, KHS-SIG, SMI etc and linear blow moulding machines of Kosme, Siapi, Side, Sipa, ADS, Bekum, MAG, Tetra Pak and others. www.kiefer-mold.de Milk bottle in 100% recycled opaque PET As part of consortium comprising industrialists and stakeholders in the dairy sector, Société Générale des Techniques (SGT) claims to have perfected a process for incorporating recycled opaque PET into new UHT milk bottles. A French manufacturer of preforms, SGT has joined a working group to develop a 100% recyclable long-life milk bottle. The research work took 3 years to complete and the results were presented at a press conference in Paris at the beginning of the year. Achieving a ʺfood contact” grade and a satisfactory appearance for the bottle was very challenging in technical terms. Slightly grey and glossy, the new milk bottle is claimed to offer many benefits: less material, longer shelf life for the milk and suppression of the membrane seal. The members of this consortium, including SGT, have thus demonstrated that preforms (therefore new bottles) can be manufactured by incorporating up to 100% of recycled PET in strict compliance with food standards. This “bottle-to-bottleʺ closed loop is totally in line with the strategy dictated by European authorities. Indeed, by 2025 PET bottles will have to include 25% of recycled material. This obligation makes the ʺbottle-to-bottleʺ closed circuit an industrial and regulatory priority. With this new project, SGT is actively contributing to this collective challenge, that consists in developing a more virtuous and environmentallyfriendly economy by prioritising the recycling of packaging and offering bottles a second life. www.sgt-pet.com","@ID":55}

"7 NEWS PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net Management change at KraussMaffei Group Dr Frank Stieler has been stepping down from his office as CEO of KraussMaffei Group GmbH on March 31, 2020 and Dr Michael Ruf, by then COO of the company, took over the position from April 1, 2020. The COO position will not be taken again. Since 2018 KraussMaffei Group GmbH has been part of KraussMaffei Company Limited, a public company listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. Dr Stieler has been CEO of KraussMaffei Group GmbH since July 2015 and of KraussMaffei Company Limited since May 2019. Under the leadership of Dr Ruf the company intends to streamline its organisation. This will allow further rationalisation to deal with the challenges from the current complicated and volatile economic situation and the impact from the Corona crisis. Dr Ruf: “We are ready to face such challenges. I enjoyed working with Dr Frank Stieler thereby creating the concepts for the changes together. I am grateful for his efforts in developing the company to this level.” The Chairman of the Board, Mr Bai Xinping said: “Dr Stieler refocussed and repositioned KraussMaffei as the plastic industry pioneer. He has managed the company in the face of  the current challenges. We thank him for his work and wish him all the best for the  future.” www.kraussmaffei.com Dr Michael Ruf, KraussMaffei","@ID":9}

"PACKAGING / PALLETISING PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net 16 So why is the glass bottle currently celebrating a comeback in Austria’s supermarkets? It is often generally assumed that glass bottles are ecologically more sustainable, and in the end measures are taken that are effective in terms of advertising but do more harm than good to the environment. Other reasons are the better image of glass in the population and higher sales volumes associated with it. As already mentioned, transport routes have a major influence on the sense and nonsense of packaging. “Multi-use is ecologically the most sensible option for beverage packaging if the bottles go through many refills and the distances between bottler and consumer are as short as possible,” says a statement on the website of the Austrian supermarket chain Spar. According to the Swiss analysis, however, refillable glass bottles no longer make ecological sense if they are transported 230km or more. In general, it is important to choose the best type of packaging in accordance with the type of beverage and consumption (at home or on the road), and larger containers are more environmentally friendly than smaller ones (1.5 vs. 0.5 l) due to the content/packaging ratio. Fruit and vegetables – how organic are bioplastic bags? Another area in which the trade sector is renouncing the use of plastic is fruit and vegetables. Many types of fruit and vegetables such as bananas or avocados don’t even need to be packed separately, their hard skin allows for them to be transported in the shopping trolley without the need for produce bags. The familiar produce bag made of thin plastic is increasingly being replaced by single-use alternatives that are often labelled “organic” or “eco”. The good news first: most of these bags carry the label “Ok compost Home” and are therefore suitable for consumers’ own compost heap. Furthermore, they are compostable according to the norm EN 13432, which means that they decompose in an industrial composting plant after 3 months to a large extent. Because these composting plants usually cannot distinguish between compostable and conventional films, and because the operators fear for the quality of the compost, these “organic” bags are usually sorted out and end up in the residual waste – just like conventional plastic bags. And organic bags do not belong in the yellow bin or in the yellow sack either, as their composition varies greatly (Fig. 1): Biodegradable plastics can be biobased, but they don’t have to be. The “organic” bags examined here consist at least in part of renewable raw materials such as wood, potatoes or sugar cane, which require land, water and in most cases fertilisers and pesticides for their cultivation (although Rewe emphasises that only industrial waste is used in the production of the “eco” bag). However, some of the sacks still partly consist of fossil raw materials, which explain the aforementioned concerns about compost quality. Of course, that much eco-friendliness is not exactly cheap – the change from conventional bags to “organic” bags creates additional costs (about 3 euro cent a piece), which in most cases have to be borne by the consumer. In addition to the single-use produce bags, Rewe and Spar also offer washable reusable nets for sale in packs of three, with the weight of the nets being deducted at checkout. Rewe offers a cellulose net made of woodbased fibres, Spar a plastic net made of polyester. The advantage of cellulose nets is that they cannot shed microplastics during washing; however, it must be taken into account that raw materials have to be cultivated for their production and again chemicals (cooking liquor) are used. Summary Every packaging material pollutes the environment – there is no variant without significant disadvantages. However, a few general recommendations can be derived:  The multiple use of carrier bags makes sense and is rightly encouraged. Replacing single-use plastic carrier bags with paper bags, on the other hand, is ecological nonsense, especially since carrier bags made from more than 80% recycled plastic (as well as bags made from virgin plastic) perform much better in a life cycle analysis.  In the case of beverage bottles, the general rule is that refillable glass only makes sense for short transport distances (below 230km). The PET bottle has a better eco-balance due to its low weight and good recycling possibilities – and also because less energy is used in the production and recycling process.  The “organic” bags offered in Austrian supermarkets are now compostable – at least on consumers’ own garden compost. In industrial plants, they are classified as foreign substances and sorted out. As their composition varies greatly, they do not belong in the yellow bin or the yellow sack. www.starlinger.com Rewe eco bag Hofer fruit and vegetable bag Spar organic bag Manufacturer Naturabiomat Victor Güthoff & Partner Naturabiomat Material – what is stated on the bag not specified contains 40% renewable raw materials based on renewable raw materials Material – what is actually used* acc. to Rewe Group: potato starch and biodegradable plastics the BASF bioplastic ecovio consists of fossil-based plastic, polylactic acid, and other additives the basis of Naturabiomat is formed by e.g. starch, plant-based oils, cellulose, lactic acid, wood, sugar cane Label OK compost Home    Fig. 1 - Sources: Rewe Group; BASF (bioplastic ecovio); Naturabiomat (no information from Spar available)","@ID":18}

"MOULD MAKING PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net 44 Close to the market by Michael Maruschke Husky’s story in India began with the delivery of its first machine to the Sub-Continent, in 1998. Since then, it has supplied over 280 machines and approximately 600 moulds to India and other SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) countries, specifically: Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Maldives and Bhutan. Three-quarters of the total has been destined for the growing Indian market. Husky has established a positive reputation in the country both for its machinery and for the know-how it provides. This opinion is heard repeatedly, from both start-ups and established companies who want to bring their preform manufacturing to new levels and higher outputs. Husky Injection Molding Systems (India) Pvt. Ltd.; May 22, 2019 We met: Mr Yves Rebert, General Manager Rigid Packaging The Chennai factory Husky Injection Molding Systems (India) Pvt. Ltd. started its sales and service operation in India in 2001. In 2010 the company opened a factory at Mahindra World City, near Chennai, to produce and refurbish moulds, and stock and supply spare parts. The 45,000 square feet (4,180 sq metres) manufacturing facility, set in 11 acres (five hectares) of land, has received capital investment of around US$20 million. It currently has a workforce of around 200. Fifteen technicians, located all over India, provide aftersales service for rigid packaging and medical hotrunner equipment. The Chennai operations support the manufacturing and supply of manifolds and manifold systems to SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) countries, South Asia more widely and intercompany orders for Husky Luxemburg and Husky Vermont (USA). Hotrunner systems are also manufactured at Chennai and supplied to SAARC countries and the South Asia region. Operations at the plant have recently been extended, to provide mould services such as refurbishment for hotrunners and PET moulds for the SAARC region. The challenge of market segmentation India’s market is sharply segmented, with starkly different requirements for high-output and low-output systems. The challenge this presents is exacerbated by the low-output market being further divided, between typical converters and companies who produce preforms for inhouse bottling. This segment is very price sensitive and includes many different beverages, which have their own particular requirements for bottles and closures and thus segments the market still further. The company’s base of about 80 customers in India reflects the market’s diversified character; companies range from single-unit operators to 20 machines. Whatever the size and market of the user or producer, Husky’s approach is to offer complete packages from a single source. Depending on the segment, Husky offers two core main machine types to the local market: the H-PET injection moulding system, with 12-48 cavities, for lower output in niche markets; and the 72-144 cavity HYPET HPP5 system for high output in commodities. Its strategy includes the development of new preforms and closures with the help of Chennai and support from the head office, in Canada. A strong focus on applications allows the company to offer tailor-made preforms and closure systems, including prototyping, if required. For example: it has been working with Amul, the leading dairy company, in developing caps for milk and juice-flavoured diary products. Husky is also able to offer Pepsi and Coke approved closures, which is an advantage for converters who want to start doing business with these important multinationals. CSD continues to grow Part of Husky’s strength is that its employees have their finger on the pulse of the market and are able to recognise trends early. Its vision of the Indian market’s future development is clearly defined. It forecasts sustainable growth in edible oil packaging and expects the high-output commodity market (preforms and closures for CSD and water) to grow further, as will regional brands and players. The general trend of mixing fruit content into CSD will continue, in order to qualify for lower tax rates. In response to growth in CSD, Husky has supplied the tooling solution for an entirely new packaging dimension specifically for the Indian market: ASSP (Affordable Small Sparkling Package). The new 9.6g, 250ml bottle, which features a 22mm neck size, addresses the challenge of reaching the most remote rural areas, while keeping the product fresh and affordable. www.husky.co Tour Sponsors: The Husky Crew with Yves Rebert (centre)","@ID":46}

"PETcontents 4 PETplanet Insider  Vol. 21  No. 05/20  petpla.net 05/20 INSIDE TRACK 3 Editorial 4 Contents 6 News 52 Products 55 PET bottles for Home + Personal Care 56 PET bottles for Beverage + Liquid Food TOP TALK 10 Coronavirus in India: A snapshot and view from the world’s largest democracy PACKAGING / PALLETISING 13 The important functions of packaging - What effects is the coronavirus crisis having on the packaging industry? 14 The supermarket check - Paper carrier bags, reusable glass bottles, and organic produce bags: are these viable packaging alternatives or ecological nonsense? 17 Is safe drinking water possible without plastic? - Water supply in Mexico City 18 Edible oil company set new packaging standard in India 20 Beyond natural water 23 The right jar for the right product - PET Technologies helps Rez-Tech to blow-mould PET jars 25 Food-safe and secure additive-free laser marking - Holland Colors solutions for PET and rPET Baikal 26 Prospects for the global beverage industry 27 Packaging special products 34 Laboratory thickness and dimensional measurement system for plastic containers MARKET SURVEY 31 Suppliers of preform & SBM moulds LABELLING 36 Shrink the environmental footprint - Monolayer roll-fed labels increase sustainability and efficiency 37 Green labelling - Processing recycled resins 38 Direct digital printing - Dekron DecoType system for a range of packaging solutions 40 Industry 4.0 solutions find their way into the labelling process MOULD MAKING 44 Close to the market PREFORM PRODUCTION 45 Fresh PET in the Holy City BOTTLE MAKING 42 One-step double layer moulding process for ISBM containers 46 From pharma bottles to hula hoop rings CAPS AND CLOSURES 47 The first call for tamper-evident caps and closures TRADE SHOW REVIEW 48 Technology for meeting customer needs - Side S.A. Barcelona’s Open House 50 Polyone seminar on Sustainability and the Circular Economy BUYER’S GUIDE 57 Get listed! Page 36243642 Page 44 Page 56 PACKAGING LABELLING","@ID":6}

"BOTTLE MAKING PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net 43 life of various food products. A collapsible inner layer comprising a suitable resin is formed during container moulding (Fig. 5).  As the product is pumped out, the inner layer separates and shrinks away from the outer layer to ensure that no headspace develops over the product, minimising its contact with oxygen and preserving the contents even after initial opening. Moisture barrier container By using PP resin which has high moisture barrier characteristics for either the inner or outer layer, moisture barrier can be enhanced in cosmetic containers where the content is particularly susceptible to moisture loss - such as mascaras or moisturising lotions. Glass-like thick base container The process can be used to fully simulate visually stunning, glasslike containers for premium quality cosmetics. The complex eye-catching Fig. 6 Additional decorative options achievable by double layer moulding with extra thick based jar on the left and striped containers at center-right Building the future in every moment of your business 40 Bar Oil-Free Piston Compressors for PET Applications. hertz-kompressoren.com colours and extra thick wall and base are available either in bottles or jars. Unique design container Additional decorative features such as integrated stripes, internal ribs or gradation etc. can be added to the container design for maximum marketing impact. The flexibility of the moulding method offers a lot of possibilities and ASB will continue to develop the process and hardware including various capacity machine models according to the requirements and feedback of the market. www.nisseiasb.co.jp","@ID":45}

"PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net 55 BOTTLES PETbottles Home + Personal Care German brand grows further German company Li-iL has been in existence for over 110 years; in recent years it has become better known and more successful through the success of brand “Dresdner Essenz”. The company is continually expanding its product portfolio. It deals with all areas of relaxation and wellbeing. For example, there is a range based on the topic of “sauna” and infusions in the portfolio. These concentrates are available in white plastic bottles containing 250ml. A dosing aid is pushed into the bottle opening. A screw cap seals the dosage opening. Currently the bottle is made from 30% recycled material. www.dresdner-essenz.com Superblack mouthwash German company happybrush GmbH is selling 500ml of mouthwash with a 6-fold effect under the name “Superblack” in a transparent bottle, which makes the black colour of the vegan product visible; it contains activated charcoal. Like in many other products, the use of problematic ingredients like triclosan, alcohol and microplastics is also avoided here. The bottle itself is made from 100% recyclate. The circulating self-adhesive label provides information about product, application and environmental considerations. A push-twist cap with guarantee band seals the bottle and assists with dosing. www.happybrush.de Scented spray with Lavender-Vanilla Under the brand name “Ecos” and the tagline Breeze, the American manufacturer of ecological, sustainable washing powder and detergents, Earth Friendly Products, is selling a spray for neutralising odours on surfaces like carpets and walls or hard to clean materials like upholstered surfaces or similar. The clear bottles hold 591ml / 20 fl. oz. of the lavender and vanilla scented spray and have a screwed-on pump dispenser and two self-adhesive labels. The inner side of the rear label is decorated with flowers and ensures visibility on retail shelves. A hanging label on the bottle neck indicates that this is a new scented spray from the brand. www.ecos.com Easy-grip bottle for washing detergent Ecover, a pioneer of ecological washing detergents, is now selling a product range with liquid or mild washing detergent in newly developed bottles. The image shows the bottle for a universally-suitable washing detergent scented with hibiscus and jasmine. The bottle contains enough for 20 wash cycles. The slim, 1 l bottle is striking with the two indentations on the front and rear that make it easy to grasp the bottle and to hold it at an angle. The indentation on the front is around 6 x 3 cm and is vertical while the one on the rear is horizontal. The bottle is sealed with a screw cap and dosing chamber. Under the two paper self-adhesive labels, reinforcement ridges are integrated into the bottle body. www.ecover.com","@ID":57}

"LABELLING 41 PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net LABELLING 41 ing heads. So in case the same label is applied by different heads, we can easily redirect the offset value to the specific dispensing head.” This feature secures, that the right head is adjusted with its corresponding offset value. This solution can be implemented in cooperation with both linear and rotary labelers. Intravis has already been using such applications, for example at a German global player since 2018. Prevention of product refinement: With this type of application, the whole labelling process is distributed over several stations. At a first station, for example, a front label is attached by a dispensing head, at a second station a back label is applied and at a third station a code is engraved. An inspection unit can be integrated after each of the stations to check that all important parameters are correct. If one of the first two inspection stations detects an intolerable deviation, the further finishing steps (i.e. station two and/or three) are deactivated for the defective object. This prevents further processing of a faulty object and simplifies the recycling process of it and saves material. Correction of object orientation: While in the first two applications the inspection station is integrated after each processing step, this application is used before the actual labelling process. The inspection unit determines the orientation of an object with regard to the necessary object orientation for the labeller or printer. If a faulty orientation is detected, further processing at subsequent labelling stations is de-activated and the object is sorted out for reutilisation. Why an inspection system? The most important advantage is obvious: to avoid the further processing of already faulty objects. The earlier a defective product is recognised in the production process, the less effort and material is invested in it. Producing faulty products can be avoided if the label dispensing head is permanently and automatically readjusted as described above. All this happens without any manual intervention. Thus, employees have more time to accomplish other tasks in the company. With most of these applications implemented in the recent years, Intravis shows that vision inspection systems for labels as well as for closures, preforms, bottles and containers are more than just sorting out units. www.intravis.de","@ID":43}

"PACKAGING / PALLETISING PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net 18 Edible oil company set new packaging standards in India One of India’s major producers of edible oil, B.L. Agro Industries Ltd., owns a vast portfolio of creative, lightweighted, safe, recyclable and affordable PET bottles for their edible oil brands, including a 2 l and 5 l bottle with a handle in a unique design. After the successive installation of three lines between 2014 and 2019, producing PET bottles from 200ml to 5 l, the company’s continued trust in PET and Sidel has led to growing market shares in a dynamic region, earning the leading Indian player multiple packaging awards. The consumption per capita of edible oil in India lies around 17 kg/a and is currently experiencing a growth of around 8% annually. Previously, the majority of edible oils in the country were packaged in 15 kg metallic cans, whereas currently this entire segment is shifting towards consumer packs. The first packaging that replaced the cans was the poly pouch, which accounted for around 80% to 85% of the volumes at one point. Then, the category experienced a move to rigid packaging, specifically to PET bottles. “The market is concerned about the environmental characteristics of the poly pouches because they are not recycling-friendly,” explains Ashish Khandelwal, Executive Director of B.L. Agro. PET offers a number of advantages, given that it is bottle-to-bottle recyclable, offering lightweighting opportunities that significantly reduce the amount of PET resin used and it allows for great design flexibility, transparency, affordability and especially absolute food safety. PET packaging since 1999 B.L. Agro counts among the producers of edible oils who recognised this trend towards PET early on. With eight facilities in the area around Bareilly in the north of India, B.L. Agro runs one packaging unit and two refinery units. The family-owned company was founded in 1945 and today produces Bail Kolhu, a mustard oil that is the leading product in the eastern and northern part of India due to the health benefits ascribed to it. Additionally, B.L. Agro produces Nourish, which is the brand name for their food products and their refined oil category, for example, sunflower, rice bran, and soy bean oil. “We work with a simple objective: to manufacture, process and market the purest products possible, delivering tastier and healthier food solutions to our consumers, strongly believing in creating a brand that offers budget-friendly and sustainably-sourced products to customers,” says Mr Khandelwal. About two decades ago, B.L. Agro recognised the opportunities that bottling their high-quality edible oils in PET could bring about. This was particularly evident when considering brand differentiation and consumer experience. “We always believed that a good usage experience is important and that is why, as early as 1999, we went into PET packaging,” says Pradeep Hada, who is in charge of sales and marketing for B.L. Agro. “When we started looking for container designs, we wanted something very different from what was available on the market at the time to set our brand apart from the competition. As a pioneer in PET edible oil packaging, we were the first ones in India to introduce 2 l and 5 l bottles with a handle,” he adds. Today, B.L. Agro manages a vast variety of formats: bottles of 200ml, 500ml and 1 l in American boxes, 2 l and 5 l bottles in Wrap-Around blanks, as well as 15 l PACKAGING B.L. Agro Industries Ltd. offers a huge portfolio of creative and affordable PET bottles for its renowned edible oil brands. Ashish Khandelwal, Executive Director of B.L. Agro The eight plants in the area around Bareilly in northern India that B.L. Agro operates also include one packaging unit and two refineries.","@ID":20}

"PACKAGING / PALLETISING PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net 21 Before being installed at the Tsumagoi plant, SMI’s new EBS 3 K Ergon stretch-blow moulder was presented to the Japanese “food & beverage” market during the Drink Japan 2018 exhibition, held in Tokyo in June, where it attracted much interest and approval from a high number of visitors. SMI were present at the exhibition in partnership with Correns Corporation, their local representative. Stretch blow moulder EBS 3 K Ergon Functions: stretch-blow moulding of 0.32 l and 0.5 l bottles in PET with a square base and 0.41 l and 0.5 l cylindrical bottles with a production capacity of up to 6,000 bph. SMI claims the following advantages:  high efficiency rotary stretch-blow moulder equipped with motorised stretch rods (usually used for high speed production), which is intended to demonstrate advantages compared to linear blowers and to guarantee the precise management of To face the internal growing demand for mineral water under the Tsumagoi and Oku-Karaizawa brands, the bottling company turned to SMI for the production of 0.32 l, 0.41 l and 0.5 l bottles in PET. Whether it is inhouse, postconsumer or bottle recycling: you can only close loops in a precise and profitable way if machines are perfectly tuned for the respective application.","@ID":23}

"30 PACKAGING / PALLETISING PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net PACKAGING System and turn-key solutions for the increased use of recycled materials According to Gneuss an investment in new production facilities is not absolutely necessary for the processing of recycled materials. The company offers technologies and system solutions for retrofitting. With the replacement of individual key components within the extrusion line, decisive key elements are supplied which make the existing line fit for the recycling cycle. The focus here is on cleaning the plastic melts. Gneuss offers Rotary Melt Filtration Systems for an efficient and economic filtration of plastic melts as well as MRS Extruders for degassing and decontamination of plastic melts for direct food contact. Filtration of highly-contaminated recycled materials The Gneuss Rotary Filtration Systems with patented filter disc technology are suited for the processing of recycled material, as they operate continuously, with constant pressure and fully automatically. Due to the annular screen arrangement a screen change takes place without disturbances or interruptions of the production process. Depending on thefilterfineness, the screens can be reused up to 400 times, which can mean a fully automaticfiltration process without the need for several weeks of personnel. Constant production process even withfinerfiltration is stated to achieve high end product quality. Screen cleaning of the RSFgenius Filtration System by means of an integrated backflush piston system is being autmated, where a small amount of filtered melt is regularly shot through the dirty screen. By using the right filtration system, such as the pressure-constant and process-constant RSFgenius Filtration System with back- flushing technology, the quality and productivity restrictions to be expected from a high use of recycled material can be considerably minimised. Direct use of PCR for plastic packaging When post-consumer and industrial waste is processed, the recycled plastics from previous use contain chemical additives such as dyes, stabilisers, acetaldehyde scavengers, carrier oils, solvents and more. For the use of recycled material in contact with food or skin, the purity requirements set by food authorities such as FDA, EFSA or other local authorities apply. All organic and inorganic potential toxins must be removed, which is achieved with a high decontamination performance during the degassing phase. For more than a decade, the Gneuss MRS Extruder has been used for the recycling of highly contaminated recycled materials such as post-consumer waste, polyester industrial waste from fibre and film production as well as polystyrene, nylon and other hydrophilic polymers. The MRS Extruder is based on a conventional single-screw extruder combined with a multiple screw section in the degassing zone:  the melt surface area available for degassing is increased many times over thanks to the multi-screw element with eight individual satellite screws rotating against the extruder barrel  vacuum degassing with a simple vacuum of 25-30mbar  effective removal of volatile impurities, oils and odours  processing of polymers with a moisture content of up to 1%  effective decontamination of 100% post-consumer recycled products and 100% bottleflakes for use in food contact with, among others, the LNO of the FDA, the EFSA approval or several local approvals. The MRS recycling technology is modular and can be integrated into existing production lines. By replacing individual components or integrating the complete Gneuss processing unit, based on a Rotary Filtration System, an MRS Extruder with vacuum system and control technology, existing production processes can be made fit for the recycling cycle. System solutions for recycling of packaging waste Gneuss offers turn-key lines for the production of thermoforming sheet from recycled material as well as for the pelletising of all types of plastic waste. One area in which MRS extrusion technology is particularly successful is PET sheet extrusion. More than 30 tailor-made Gneuss sheet lines have been  installed worldwide in recent years. The lines process both, virgin and recycled material and are also used for packaging articles with food contact:  economically process without pre-drying and crystallisation  flexible processing of a wide variety of materials such as virgin material, postconsumer bottle flakes and mixtures such as PET and PE or PET and PETG  many years of experience in processing into a wide variety of packaging products such as transparent film packaging for food and non-food articles, blister packaging, thermoformed trays and trays for food  flexible conversion to foamfilm production by means of physical foaming with a density reduction of over 50%. www.gneuss.com Sustainablefilms Retal increases their sustainabilityfocused films portfolio with the introduction of up-to 100& rPET films. These food-gradefilms are made from all colours and all kinds of PET scrap (post-consumer PET bottle, trays and industrial). Regional sales manager Violeta Petkeviciute says, “We’ve been producing up-to 80% rPET films for some time now, so it’s exciting to show how we’ve upped our sustainability credentials even more with our latestfilms development.” As well as the 100% rPET films, sealable and BioPETfilms are also in Retal’s portfolio. www.retalgroup.com","@ID":32}

"LABELLING 40 PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net Industry 4.0 solutions find their way into the labelling process The times in which inspection systems only sort out defective products are definitely over. With the introduction of more and more digital interfaces in everyday production, inspection systems are increasingly responsible for smooth and efficient processes. This does not even stop at the labelling processes. LABELLING The application of Industry 4.0 solutions in the labelling process is very much dependent on the use of vision inspection systems. The measurement results of these quality inspection systems are the data basis for all decisions in a labelling line. Essentially, there are three possible applications: data export, data import and connection to other machinery. Data export This is certainly the simplest and still the most widespread use of vision inspection systems in the labelling process. The system, which is integrated into the production line, collects a multitude of quality data for each object passing through and transmits this data into an on-premise database or into a cloud. Defective objects are sorted out immediately. The LabelWatcher from Intravis, for example, inspects all applied labels for up to 180,000 objects per hour and delivers a wide range of inspection results for key parameters for each label. This data offers insights for different interest groups. On one hand, the quality laboratory gains information about the quality of the respective production line. On the other hand, the plant management gets more insights about the efficiency of production lines, shifts and is able to compare and challenge whole production facilities. In addition, these datasets are used to provide customers comprehensive reports on the quality of the respective delivery. Data import While the classical flow of data leads out of the inspection unit, the trend of importing data into the inspection system has increased significantly in recent times. In particular, codes that appear for a specific product or batch play a major role in the process of data import. Here, the inspection system performs a comparison of an applied code with the codes in a database. If the codes match, the products are further processed and released for shipping. Interaction with processing machinery Furthermore, vision inspection systems matter increasingly as a control unit in an automated labelling process. This kind of application promises immediate efficiency enhancements and a rising production line productivity. Three different application types can be distinguished as inspection solutions. Feedback to labelling machine: The vision inspection system determines whether or not an offset of the label to a pre-defined optimal position exists. If so, the system sends the offset value directly to the labelling machine. Based on this value, the labelling machine adjusts the dispensing head to the right or left or up or down. The LabelWatcher has a special equipment, as Klaus Schönhoff, CTO of Intravis, outlines: ”Our LabelWatcher can not only cope with one but with two different dispens-","@ID":42}

"PACKAGING / PALLETISING PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net 13 What effects is the coronavirus crisis having on the packaging industry? The important functions of packaging The coronavirus pandemic is having a far-reaching impact on millions of people. The restriction of social contact to a minimum is changing not only people’s day-to-day work and mobility, but also life in society in a very significant way. Alexandra Dittrich, Senior PR and Corporate Communications Expert at Alpla, spoke to Dr Manfred Tacker, Head of the Packaging and Resource Management Section at FH Campus Wien, about the impact that this situation will possibly have on the packaging industry. Dittrich: Mr Tacker, many countries have introduced strict measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Instead of heading to a restaurant for an evening meal, we are cooking at home, and we are now enjoying that after-work drink on the couch, rather than at a bar. Many consumers are forgoing daily shopping and now go to the supermarket only once a week at most. Even if we disregard the panic buying, the situation is turning consumer behaviour very much on its head. Tacker: Yes, and it’s also reminding consumers of the important functions of packaging. Hygiene and items that will keep for a long time are especially important right now. We can say there will be some kind of trend reversal in the short term – where the retail sector had been eliminating packaging, it is now being reintroduced in order to protect food from contamination, make its safe transportation possible and guarantee optimum product shelf lives. “Reusable bottles are circulating more slowly” Dittrich: Supplies of clean drinking water are essentially secure throughout Europe, but this is not the case all over the world. What changes do you anticipate in the beverage market? Tacker: The reusable packaging systems in some countries are coming under pressure. People are buying more beverages and are stockpiling mineral water in particular. Reusable bottles are therefore circulating more slowly, so the pool systems lack the bottles that they would normally be refilling. In Germany, companies are already encouraging the consumers to return empty bottles. With single-use bottles, you can respond to fluctuations in demand more quickly and can cover the needs in exceptional circumstances more flexibly. Dittrich: Will the consequences of the crisis perhaps even have an impact on the packaging debate by taking the wind out of this top topic’s sails? Tacker: I believe the trend in the direction of sustainable packaging is solid – not even the current crisis will be able to turn this around. But consumers are now seeing hygiene, which was previously not so pressing, as a major asset. And hygiene is precisely what packaging makes possible – something which certain types of packaging could certainly benefit from. Dittrich: Are there areas in which you anticipate long-term effects too? Tacker: I think there is most likely to be a rethink in the long term in the areas of the value chain and delivery reliability. Governments and businesses will increasingly look at how supply chains can be made more resilient to crises. Who could have imagined closed borders across the European Union just a few weeks ago? This speaks in favour of local production and regional partnerships. It is here in particular that a functioning circular economy can play its part. If valuable materials can be kept within the cycle and used packaging can be recycled and processed into new packaging, this would reduce our dependence on deliveries of materials from around the world. When this works well at the regional level, you have better control of the supply of resources and are not solely reliant on imported virgin material, for example. As we know, this already works with PET – enclosed cycles are easy to realise with the technologies already available. If this argument of an easily recyclable material could be combined with the environmental benefits of a packaging solution as is the case with PET bottles, this could constitute an attractive overall package in the future. www.alpla.com PACKAGING Dr Manfred Tacker (Photo: FH Campus Wien/Schedl)","@ID":15}

"28 PACKAGING / PALLETISING PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net PACKAGING Technologies for primary and secondary packaging With its further developed palletiser infeed the turnkey supplier KHS intends to consistently continuing to provide greater sustainability, efficiency and process reliability in production. An intelligently controlled palletiser with a pressureless container infeed provides benefits not just regarding sustainability. It also optimises time sequences and simplifies work steps in production, among other things. Besides especially gentle pack handling the elimination of railings facilitates and shortens format changeovers. This noticeably increases line availability. The palletiser is of particular interest to customers specialised in the palletising of nonreturnable packs and cartons with different formats and who often feed in packs alternately on one, two or three lanes. The machine can also be used for returnable containers. KHS is also continuing to build on its consulting expertise in the service sector, for instance concerning ‘old’ machines with discontinued components with the aim of extending the machine’s service life. Unlike mechanical components, in the age of Industry 4.0 the lifetime of an electronic component is sometimes shortened to just two years according to the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association VDMA. “Our various services enable our customers to operate their plant engineering reliably in the long term regardless,” explains Dr Johannes T. Grobe, CSO for the Dortmund engineering company. If a component is discontinued, this means that parts can be replaced accordingly or conversions carried out to ensure that the machine continues to function and operation runs smoothly at the respective beverage producer’s plant. For instance, older KHS palletisers containing discontinued Kuka KRC2 control units can be operated without any problems for many more years by converting them to new controllers. The supply of spare parts is therefore also ensured. www.khs.com Newly designed blow moulding machine for ecological packaging B e k u m , machine builder and specialist for extrusion blow moulded packaging, recently focused on the p r ocess i ng o f recycling materials, calcium carbonate (chalk) and newly developed PET materials. With the “Concept 808” machine study presented at the K 2019 trade fair, Bekum heralds the future of the extrusion blow moulding machine with more energy-efficient extrusion and very fast production changes. Over the past several years, Bekum has optimised their PET processing technology. The extrusion blow moulding of PET bottles integrating a true flow-through handle identifiable as #1 recyclable PET has long been a packaging goal for consumer products groups. By year’s end, a total of 16 Bekum Hyblow 407D and Hyblow 607D machines will be engaged in round-the-clock, fully automated production of handled bottles in fully #1 recyclable PET – this increases the total installation for this application to 40 machines in North America. Extensive extruder and feedscrew development has been carried out by Bekum to address the primary challenges of extruding high viscosity PET. The shear sensitivity of PET at higher throughput rates can drastically increase stock temperature and reduce parison hang strength. Also regrind presents a problem due to the differences in melting characteristics and bulk density of bottle/ flash flake. Bekum’s Extrusion System development is claimed to result in consistent PET material throughput at acceptable stock temperatures when running up to 50% process regrind. Fast production changes – 15 minutes for a mould change The changing of blow moulds and, in particular, of multiple blow pins is complex and set-up procedures have a direct impact on the productivity of the plant. The magnetic quickchange system for blow moulding machines, available for the first time from Bekum, allows moulds to be changed in just 15 minutes per clamping unit – without the need for tools or special mould carriages. An integrated roller table, which is required in order to remove the moulds, only takes up a small amount of space. Moulds are inserted into and removed from the front of the machine, which means that there is no need to leave space at the sides of the machine for this purpose. Moulds can be transported using either a fork lift or a crane. All that is required is a magnetic mould platen back to be able to integrate existing moulds into the system. Electrical energy is only required for the clamping system during magnetisation and demagnetisation. The clamping function is guaranteed in the event of a power outage. www.bekum.com","@ID":30}

"MARKET SURVEY 32 PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net Preform Moulds Stretch Blow Moulds Company name PETform Technologies StackTeck Systems Ltd Sacmi Imola TPS - Tooling Preform Systems MHT Mold & Hotrunner Technology AG Postal address Telephone number Web site address Contact name Function Direct telephone number E-Mail 54 Daman Industrial Estate Nani Daman 396210, India +91 97697 58634 www.petform.net Amit Rathod Technical Sales +91 97697 58634 info@petform.net 1 Paget Rd, Brampton, Ontario, L6T 5S2, Canada +1 416 749-0880 www.stackteck.com Rick Unterlander GM PET +1 416 749-0880 runterlander@stackteck.com Via Provinciale Selice 17/A, Italy +39 0542 607111 www.sacmi.it Moraldo Masi Director of Business Unit PET +39 0542 607537 moraldo.masi@sacmi.it C. Houtmanstraat 42 7825VG Emmen, The Netherlands +31 591 679768 Richard Tempel Sales Manager +31 6 25041136 r.tempel@tps.nl Dr. Ruben-Rausing-Str. 7, 65239 Hochheim am Main, Germany +49 61469060 www.mht-ag.de Mr. Carsten Lurz Vice President Sales, Service, Marketing info@mht-ag.de Preform moulds Horizontal opening Number of cavities 96 2 - 144 16-32-48-72-96-128 96 2 to 192 Preform sizes no limit as such neck size 13-120mm DIA, weight 4-710g L 190mm up to 50 up to 700g, for bottles up to 30l moulds already built for (makes) Husky, Netstal, Sipa, Sacmi, Milacron, etc. All major PET preform machine suppliers Sacmi, Husky Husky, Netstal, Engel, Krupp, Battenfeld, Demag and others Sacmi, Husky, Netstal, KraussMaffei HP, Sumitomo, Niigon, Arburg, BMB, Demark, Cincinnati, Unique, Negri-Bossi Vertical opening Number of cavities 96 96 2 to 112 cavities Preform sizes no limit as such up to 50 up to 600g, for bottles up to 30l Moulds already built for (makes) Krauss Maffei, Sipa, Nissei ASB Krauss Maffei KraussMaffei, Arburg Do you produce single stage tooling sets? (Preform moulds AND blow moulds) Yes Yes, preform moulds (cold halves and hot runners) No no No Other Manufacture robot end of arm tooling and PiCool post mould cooling transfer stations Sacmi experience in the packaging industry is taking the lead also in the preform system manufacturing. One stop shopping to guarantee to our customer best quality on preforms and caps solution for any type of beverage application. Specialised in large preforms; also PP preform moulds Preform moulds for PE, PP,  PLA; bag in bottle moulds; wide mouth; moulds for vacuum blood test tubes; up to 5 gallon; moulds for toner cartridges; 2K hotrunner (e.g. milk application); AFM technology Company name PET Technologies Sipa S.p.A. Kosme Gesellschaft mbH Kiefer Werkzeugbau GmbH Postal address Telephone number Web site address Contact name Function Direct telephone number E-Mail Grünlandgasse 5/1/12 2620 Neunkirchen, Austria +43 720 775 196 www.pet-eu.com Maxim Poliansky CEO +43 720 902 169 office@pet-eu.com Via Caduti del Lavoro 3 - 31029 Vittorio Veneto, Italy +39 0438911511 www.sipa.it Paolo De Nardi Product Manager SBM +39 0438 911511 p.denardi@zoppas.com Gewerbestr. 3, 2601 Sollenau, Austria +43 2628 411-0 www.kosme.at Johann Gugler Managing Director +43 2628 411-125 johann.gugler@kosme.at Steinhäldenstraße 11 74193 Schwaigern, Germany +49 7138 97320 www.kiefer-mold.de Maik Weber Project management / Sales +49 7138 973270 maik.weber@kiefer-mold.de Stretch blow moulds Bottle size (max.) (in litres) 40 30 30 30 Moulds supplied directly to blowing machine manufacturers Yes No No We are an independent mould maker Do you supply retrofit moulds for existing SBM machines? Yes Yes Yes Yes For which bottle maker have you already produced moulds Rotary and linear blow moulders: Sidel, KHS, Krupp, Sipa, SMI, Krones, Kosme, Siapi, Mag Plastic, ADS, Lonza, Side, Chumpower etc. Sidel, Krones, KHS/SIG/Krupp, SMI, Siapi, Kosme, Side Kosme, Krones, Sidel, KHS Krones, KHS, Kosme, Sidel, Sacmi, Sipa, Side, Siapi, SMI, ADS, Bekum, TetraPak, Mag Bottle design service Creation of unique bottle design, 3D models, prototyping, bottle sampling, PET containers laboratory tests Yes: brandbuilding, product repositioning, marketing design, packaging engineering, lightweightening of existing bottles, technical feasibility, etc. Yes Yes Specialities Moulds for 100ml to 40l containers, water, CSD, dairy, bottles for chemicals and detergents, sanitisers, hot fill, wide neck jars, lightweight designs, laboratory tests Wide mouth, large sizes (up to 30l), asymmetrical, nitrogen hot fill, containers with handles, HDPE to PET conversions, pharma & cosmetics Bottle development service free of charge if blow moulds are ordered Lightweight design, special design for functional drinks, juices, oil and vinegar, household chemistry, dairy products, cosmetic industry, petrochemical industry Other Short lead time One-stage, bottle 3D-modelling, mould repair, mould modification, mould brand inserts, mould spare parts","@ID":34}

"The TEM machine offers possibilities for slitting or slitting and folding of tamper evident bands for specialty caps. The TEM, a highly versatile machine for beverage, food, beauty & home, chemical and other products. Modular design machine for slitting/folding or folding/slitting of tamper evident band Large variety of cap dimensions, including sport caps All size parts located in the outside for easy adjustment and changeover Heating system for the blade. Blade position sensor Servo-driven infeed star wheel, integrated cap stop and sensor controlled upside down closure detection Operator friendly interface Match the output of associated moulding and downstream machines Easily integrated into any production line due to independent control and optional vision inspection system PackSys Global and its affiliated companies offer a wide product portfolio: Complete lines for laminate and extruded tubes Plastic closures slitting and folding machines Hot stamping solutions from Madag Decoration Tube, aerosol can and cartridge packing solutions from Texa Packing Highly skilled R&D and production teams ensure constant development and integration of the latest technology on our equipment. We stand for Swiss engineered innovation and performance. Creating Packaging Technology. PackSys Global AG T +41 55 253 38 31 info@packsysglobal.com www.packsysglobal.com SPECIALTY CLOSURES TAMPER EVIDENCE","@ID":14}

"PACKAGING / PALLETISING 35 PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net and repeatability and a low per cent of process variation for individual measurements. The design of the Gawis 4D imaging system, along with measurement algorithms, provides the capability to measure an extensive range of finish dimensions on bottles and preforms. Jobs can be configured for single or multiple combinations of measurements without sacrificing throughput. A library of industry standard finish measurement routines is provided with each system. These are each customisable to meet the needs of the application. The AutoJob is a patent pending feature on the Gawis 4D and is designed to simplify job setup by providing automated recognition of key finish measurements on a bottle or preform sample. With this feature, the operator selects the AutoJob mode and the work of locating and identifying finish features is performed automatically. The Gawis 4D scans the sample, identifies the standard finish measurements for that sample and incorporates them into the job within a matter of seconds. The operator can adjust the selection, add control limits to the selection and incorporate additional measurements as necessary. This feature accelerates job creation, saving labor hours. Thickness measurement The Gawis 4D system utilises Agr’s proprietary and proven infrared light spectrometer measurement technology to perform thickness measurements. This method offers fast and precise thickness measurement without contacting the container or preform and is compatible with most colours and a range of polymer materials.  Major advantages of this technology are the speed and accuracy of measurement as well as its ability to measure thickness at discrete points or scan vertical or horizontal regions for analysing material distribution. The measurements can be performed at multiple locations and regions on the sample to get a full profile of the bottle. Once a job is defined, measurements are performed exactly the same way on every sample. Industry 4.0 communication Industry 4.0 standard communication protocols have been incorporated into the Gawis 4D to improve communications and support Industry 4.0 objectives. This capability facilitates communication with other devices, to share data, support remote job change and interface with factory robotic handling systems without operator intervention. Agr offers a complete line of products for the measurement and testing of plastic containers. They are designed to assist container producers, converters and fillers stay competitive, while meeting the increased quality demands of today’s changing world. www.agrintl.com High pixel density camera components, along with telecentric optics and lighting, are incorporated in the Gawis 4D to achieve a high level of dimensional precision and repeatability. +44 (0) 1254 584210 sales@petmachinery.com petmachinery.com Active for over 25 years, our global network and specialist knowledge makes us the go-to company for the sale or purchase of a PET machine. Commercially savvy, we work closely with our customers and our global network, to make sure everyone gets the best deal. Providing comprehensive advice throughout your sale or purchase; we can arrange dismantling, loading, packing, shipping, specialist insurance and commissioning. If you have amachine to sell or you’re looking to purchase, please get in touch. THE INDUSTRY EXPERTS","@ID":37}

"PETproducts 52 PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net Sustainable sleeve material CCL Label created a sustainable TD sleeve material enabling the packaging industry in meeting recycling targets. This EcoFloatTM material is claimed to comply with all CCL conformity standards and has been engineered to improve the sink/float separation process relating to PET bottles. With high performing 360° sleeves CCL offers design freedom and visual impact. This technology meets the standards of the Association of Plastic Recyclers (APR) in the US and the European PET Bottle Platform (EPBP). Technical features include  clear polyolefin film material,  material floats with ink,  design freedom with shrinkage up to 60%,  softer touch, for squeeze-bottle applications,  certification by recycling APR/EPBP in process (Q1 2020) and supports PET bottle-to-bottle recycling processes. www.ccllabel.com www.cclind.com Portable multi-hopper drying system For basic applications or upgradable to a fully featured drying solution, the new Conair MHC features up to four dependable Conair CH Series mass-flow hoppers mounted on a lightweight, yet durable, caster-mounted push cart. Even with the largest hoppers mounted, the cart is 35 inches deep saving valuable floor space and it is possible to maneuver down narrow aisle ways and through doorways. Material can be dried off-line and wheeled where it is needed or stationed remotely to supply material to multiple machines at once. There are two basic configurations available: The simplest has hoppers with an insulated integral welded manifold system for supply and return of dehumidified air from a central dryer which, for smaller applications. It can also heat the material. For larger throughput applications or applications requiring higher temperatures, supported by a Conair D Series Carousel Plus dryer with the DC-C Premium control package, the cart can be wired for power and individual heaters added to each hopper. This allows drying at different temperatures in each hopper, Temperature Setback to prevent over drying, and Dewpoint Monitoring and Control is possible. It can be integrated into Conair’s SmartServices central monitoring and control platform, providing real-time alarm displays, a key performance indicator (KPI) dashboard, machine view with real-time readouts of setpoint and actual temperatures as well as condition indicator lights. The system can also display trend lines for key measurements in real-time. Seven different hopper sizes are available ranging from the smallest, which has a 0.5-cu.-ft volume and a nominal capacity of 18 lb., to the largest with 6 cu. ft. of volume and 201 lb capacity. Carts are built in two sizes: a large version that can accommodate up to four hoppers (depending on hopper size) and the smaller cart can be mounted with up to three hoppers (again, depending on size). A slide-gate discharge port prevents material leakage but facilitates easy hopper draining. Available in carbon or stainless steel, all hoppers are fully insulated from top to bottom in order to preserve heat and save energy. There is a large clean-out door (with sight glass) and a removable air-diffuser cone. The mass-flow hopper design ensures all material is exposed to dry air and heat. Funnel flow and material hang ups are eliminated for superior drying. Each hopper is equipped with an isolation valve so that it can be taken off-line without disrupting operation of the other drying hoppers. www.conairgroup.com","@ID":54}

"PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net 54 empowered by Drinktec New Zealand Australia Philippines Taiwan South Korea Japan Let Your Inspiration Flow. )URP 'RZQ 8QGHU WR -DSDQ G’day and Konnichiwa! Editour Road Show goes virtual This year’s Editour Road Show was planned to be our next big international editorial project. That is now impossible. For the safety of others and our own, we are all working from home during the lockdown period. But it’s still time for the Editour Road Show to hit the road – it’s just that we won’t be doing so physically, not at the moment. The start of the new decade will see us undertaking a trip starting in Australia, moving on to New Zealand and then Japan, via the Philippines, Taiwan and South Korea. With support from Drinktec, the world’s biggest beverages show, we will be ‘virtually’ shooting off to Australasia in April. The first weeks will see us interviewing PET companies along the route via Internet and phone. These encounters will appear not only in PETplanet Insider but also in a completely new way – new to us, anyway: as podcasts on our website, for the first time ever! We will keep monitoring the situation closely to decide if, how, when and where we can still go personally with our Editourmobil, later in the year, while complying with governmental rules. We will present a comprehensive review of our Tour experiences both at China Brew China Beverage in Shanghai, China, in October and at Drink Technology India in Mumbai, India, in December 2020. Make sure you’re on board when we set off on our next adventure and get ready for in-depth analyses, special features and reports of trends in these bottle and beverage sectors! Enjoy our first-ever Virtual Editour! Stay safe and healthy! Interested in being interviewed? barton@hbmedia.net April - December 2020 Powered by","@ID":56}

"PACKAGING / PALLETISING PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net 19 PET jars, which are also supported by Sidel’s blowing expertise – altogether accounting for 140 different SKUs. From concept to functioning industrial design Throughout the different periods of its development, B.L. Agro approached Sidel to help them differentiate their bottle designs while saving resources and raw material and still being able to address the growing market demand with budgetfriendly products. “PET bottles at that time were still a breakthrough in India, attracting end users due to their innovation component and ideally presenting high quality products thanks to their transparency – both very important points for us. When we started working on what became our 2 l and 5 l bottles with handles, Sidel proposed some very creative and unorthodox concepts to us. We thus found a design that was quite unique and iconic,” highlights Mr Hada. The result of the thorough packaging development process was the first PET bottle for edible oil with a handle and a triangular design – a novel approach to this type of product. “Producing such a PET bottle with a handle is no easy feat; it was very difficult to find suppliers who were confident to take on this challenge. The packaging team at Sidel was the only one who agreed to do a prototyping of the bottle, including the two notches for the handle,” Mr Khandelwal remembers. To successfully overcome the twofold challenge, encompassing the PET bottle shape and the handle’s specificity, Sidel’s full set of packaging R&D capabilities was needed. “We appreciated the initial design a lot; however, it was quite difficult to see the packaging design become a reality because the bottle is neither square nor round. To add complexity, it also has notches that need to be completely formed, so that the handle insertion can take place. On the other hand, the notches cannot be too deep, because the handle would come off,” explains Mr Khandelwal. The handle insertion, the orientation of the bottle for the insertion itself, and the definition of the labelling area on the bottle were all issues that the Indian player and Sidel had to solve hand in hand to powerfully differentiate the B.L. Agro packaging options on the retailer shelves. “Together, we were able to take this innovative concept, which offers a real marketing benefit and – via prototyping and extensive testing – turn it into an industrial reality within an operating packaging production line,” says Giulio Bellanti, Sidel Business Development Director for Edible Oil in Asia, Oceania and Africa. Award-winning, lightweighted bottles Besides leveraging the marketing advantage and the brand differentiation, the edible oil company also wanted to significantly lightweight its PET bottles. “Usually, a 2 l bottle with a handle weighs around 70 g. By carefully reviewing the container design, we achieved a weight reduction of approximately 21% and we are processing a 55 g bottle today. The successive lightweighting steps have always been done without compromising the bottle’s top load characteristics and other mechanical requirements for transportation and transit. The bottle’s stability and resistance throughout the supply chain have been tested and validated by Sidel’s packaging experts,” explains Mr Khandelwal. The result is an optimised large format bottle that facilitates the handling, while fully protecting the product inside. Similarly to the 2 l bottle, the 5 l format was also lightweighted – with a reduction from 130 g to 110 g, excluding the handle. These weight reductions have a substantial sustainability impact and translate to more than 650 t/PET saved per year. These developments also clearly mark savings in terms of material costs in a competitive edible oil market, particularly in India. Both bottle formats were successfully introduced to the market and have received national and international recognition by winning the India Star Packaging Award as well as the Asia Star Packaging Award. www.sidel.com As pioneers in PET packaging of edible oil, B.L. Agro were the first in India to introduce 2 l and 5 l bottles with handles. Similar to the 2 l bottle, the 5 l format has been realised lighter, from 130g to 110g excluding the handle.","@ID":21}

"27 PACKAGING / PALLETISING PACKAGING PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20 Normally you would have found our preview of The Interpack exhibition here. But little is normal these days, and Interpack, like all major events, has also been postponed. It will now take place from 25 February to 3 March 2021. However, as our editorial team had already received many PET-related preliminary reports on the trade fair, we have compiled them together with other interesting reports into a Packaging Special. Enjoy reading! Packagingspecial Unscramblers and cap sorters Posimat has developed the Posirobot, its solution for robotic unscramblers. The compact solution offers up to 115 bpm with a single robot unit. Main features contain instant format changeover (without tools), multi-format, gentle handling of the package, capability to work on lines with and without pucks and no need for complex mechatronic systems. From its range of unscramblers comes the new Micro Aseptic unscrambler for the pharmaceutical industry. Its design offers customised solutions to meet demanding requirements of the aseptic industry, reaching productions of up to 120bpm without the use of compressed air. Posimat now also offers solutions for unscrambling and transporting caps. A wide range of feeders adapts to the requirements of each client, according to the required production and the type of cap. www.posimat.com","@ID":29}

"CAPS & CLOSURES 47 PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net The first call for tamper-evident caps and closuresby Michael Maruschke Till 1998/99, edible oil was customarily sold in India in open containers. This situation attracted the attention of Ramneek Vats, whose search for a better packaging solution led him to found Balaji Polymers in 2004, in the city of in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, on the north-east outskirts of New Delhi. It began with the production of caps and closures and expanded into preforms five years later. Balaji Polymers May 8, 2019 We met: Mr Ramneek Vats, Founder & CEO Mr Amit Arora, Business Partner Temper-evident caps to tackle counterfeits Caps and closures made from HDPE, PP and PP+co-polymer are still the main pillar of Balaji Polymers today and its focus remains on edible oil. It offers screw caps, flip flop caps, pilfer proof caps and big jar closures, with optional handles. They are produced on Toshiba all-electric injection moulding machines in two factories located nearby. Balaji Polymers prides itself on being the ‘first call’ for tamper-evident caps in high volumes in India. Its designs confirm the origin of the packaging, avoiding risks of counterfeiting and fraud. Several different designs are available, not only for edible oil. It claims its technical masterpiece to be a tamper-proof two-piece cap for edible oil that weighs only 3.1 g; it is the lightest cap of its type in the world – the European standard is 3.4 g. Another special design is a preform and closure design with a 42/34 neck size, which is used for 2 l and 5 l bottles. Balaji is the only manufacturer for this kind of preform and closure in India. The company’s preforms are produced on two 48-cavity Husky H-PET 230 t injection moulding machines. Preforms are available for 200ml, 500ml, 1 l, 2 l, 5 l and 15 l bottle sizes. Balaji Polymers is working to replace 15 l aluminium cans with PET containers in the edible oil market. It has developed preforms for stackable and non-stackable containers in this size – another first of its kind for commercial production in India. Special partnership with B.L. Agro Most of Balaji Polymers’ 400 t monthly preform production capacity is destined for B.L. Agro, the leading edible oil manufacturer. This relationship is more than just a conventional manufacturer/ supplier business association; the two companies think of each other as partners. They have grown together. When B.L. Agro underwent a major expansion in 2014, Balaji installed two new Tour Sponsors: Husky high-output injection moulding machines to cope with the higher demand. Ramneek Vats of Balaji Polymers and Ashish Khandelwal of B.L. Agro work together personally, regularly meeting to discuss projects and develop new bottle and closure designs. www.balajipolymers.org Balaji Polymers’ production facility with Husky H-PET 230 Petka","@ID":49}

"PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net 56 PETbottles Beverage + Liquid Food frank juice – a young brand is growing The story of the company “frank juice” began not even ten years ago in Munich, Germany with their juices and smoothies supporting diet-conscious people in their intentions. Today, these juices have widespread availability and are also sold as part of a juice fast. The picture shows two of the varieties, “Gold” – pineapple, apple, mint and “Yellow” – lemon, cayenne, turmeric, agave and water. Each of the transparent single-use bottles holds 330ml, is decorated with a transparent foil label and is sealed with a light blue screw cap. www.thefrankjuice.com Bottle with mandarin skin The “share” initiative, where a comparable product is donated or provided for a person in need when one is purchased, is continually expanding its range. Alongside shower gel, muesli bars and water, there are now refreshing drinks. The low-calorie mandarin-rosemary water is available in a 500ml, transparent, contoured bottle made from 100% recyclate. In some areas, the bottle has a structured surface, which is reminiscent of mandarin skin. The cap has a tamper-evident seal and the label also describes the Share initiative. www.share.eu Gummi bears with added benefits Munich company Beauty Bears GmbH is selling various products to improve and support women’s wellbeing. Taking highly concentrated multivitamin complexes should assist with this. The active ingredients are incorporated into special gummi bears. The variety in the image is “AH Amazing Hair Vitamins Biotin Sugar-free”, which is claimed to have a positive impact on hair, skin and nails. 75 g of gummi bears are packaged in a brown coloured plastic tub with a metal screw cap. There is a seal membrane under the lid as a tamper-evident seal. The labels on the tub and lid describe the contents and indicate the recommended intake – one bear per day. www.bears-with-benefits.com Spicy sauce in PET Under its own brand name, American company Yellowbirds Foods is selling a variety of spicy sauces; the selection of products and manufacturing processes are described as “back to the roots”. There are different bottle sizes, including the pictured variety “Blue Agave Sriracha” containing 9.8fl. oz. or 278 g. The transparent bottle is sealed with the yellow cap typical of the brand, which is placed on a screw-on cap with a dosing tip. The circulating self-adhesive label provides the necessary information. www.yellowbirdsauce.com","@ID":58}

"MARKET SURVEY 33 PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net Petka Kalip San. VE Tic. A.S. Sipa S.p.A. Otto Hofstetter AG Husky Injection Molding Systems Pass Card CO., Ltd. Yesiloba Mah. 46075 Sk. No: 8 01100 Seyhan/Adana, Turkey 0090 322 428 64 00 www.petkamold.com Eyup Sivri Marketing Manager 0090 534 243 42 00 eyup.sivri@petkamold.com Via Caduti del Lavoro 3 - 31029 Vittorio Veneto, Italy +39 0438911511 www.sipa.it Pablo Fiorentini Global Sales Director +39 0438911511 pablo.fiorentini@zoppas.com Zürcherstrasse 73, 8730 Uznach, Switzerland +41 55 285 22 11 www.otto-hofstetter.swiss Stefan Zatti Chief Sales & Marketing Officer +41 55 285 22 09 zat@otto-hofstetter.ch 500 Queen Street South, Bolton, ON  L7E 5S5, Canada +1 905 951 5000 www.husky.co Dan During Business Manager, PET Tooling dduring@husky.ca No. 5, 36th Road, Taichung Industrial Park, Taichung City 40768, Taiwan +886 4 2335 3779 www.passcard.com.tw Johnnason Pai Sales Manager +886 975 957 377 sales02@passcard.com.tw Yes Yes 2 to 144 up to 192 2 up to 192 6 to 144 32, 48, 72 14mm - 110mm neck finish up to 750g up to 500g Threads up to 100mm in diameter and up to 205mm in length 12mm to 120mm Husky, Netstal, Sipa, Sacmi, Krauss Maffei Sipa, Husky, Netstal, KraussMaffei Netstal, BMB, Husky, Arburg, Husky We have moulds to support all preform designs and output requirements; we have designed moulds for preforms with a thread diameter up to 120mm and lengths over 400mm long 1,190 sets Yes 2 to 96 cavities up to 96 2 up to 112 14mm - 110mm neck finish up to 10l up to 500g Krauss Maffei, Sipa standard and custom Sipa, Krauss-Maffei Arburg, Krauss Maffei No Yes, for Sipa machines No Husky does not currently produce blow moulds Yes Multilayer moulds up to 72 cavities; moulds for PP; moulds for thinwall packaging; moulds for cartridges and tubes Husky's HyPET preform injection moulding systems deliver reduced variability and increased part quality for both monolayer and mutilayer applications; and the lowest energy consumption per part produced. Backed by Husky's more than 35 years of preform equipment experience, our preform systems offer industry-leading technology that is proven and reliable. FlexBlow SMI S.p.A. Krones AG Röders TEC Vytauto g. 114a, Kretinga, Lithuania +370 445 51431 www.flexblow.com Antanas Beniusis Marketing manager ab@flexblow.com Via C.Ceresa, 10 24015 San Giovanni Bianco (BG), Italy +39 0345 40 111 www.smigroup.it +39 0345 40111 info@smigroup.it Böhmerwaldstrasse 5 93073 Neutraubling, Germany +49 9401 70 0 www.krones.com Mr Moritz Vowe SA LCS Retrofits and Products +49 9401 70 5250 moritz.vowe@krones.com Scheibenstraße 6, 29614 Soltau, Germany +49 5191 603 53 www.roeders.de Mr Steffen Lühning / Mr Jani Rickert Sales Manager +49 5191 603 822 / +49 5191 603 340 mold@roeders.de 12 10 5 20 No Yes, up to now, SMI engineers have designed about 1,700 containers from most simple to most sophisticated shape Yes Yes, Sidel, KHS Corpoplast, Krones, Sipa, Kosme, ADS, Nissei, Chumpower, Terekas, 1Blow and other major machine types Yes Yes Yes Yes Krones, Kosme, Sidel, Sipa, KHS (SIG) Corpoplast etc. Yes Yes Yes Bottle design development: quick and flexible bottle sampling and qualification in Röders laboratory with certified equipment Brick style, shell style, single stage, 2-stage, reheat blow moulding, injection, extrusion, aluminium, stainless steel / Hot fill, wide mouth, oval shaped, narrow neck, lateral handle, deep grip, cosmetic The moulds are manufactured using a special aluminium alloy. SMI relies on a special laboratory for the production of moulds and mechanical components, equipped with an FMS line consisting of 12 CNC machining centres: highly automated machines, running 24/7, even operator-less, according to pre-set production programmes (CAM). Bottle development customised to filling  and packaging lines with performance commitments; preform-/bottle light weighting for standard- and heat-set process; low blowing pressure mould design; “Mould quick change” systems; automated mould change-over systems We can make and test any type of PET blow mould in-house with universal PET SBM machine FlexBlow 1 - compatible with blow moulds from different original suppliers. The 12 machining centres can achieve an output of more than 15,000 moulds/year; they are equipped with linear motors with a speed rate up to 80m/min and mandrels achieving a speed rate of 30,000 rounds/min. Top-level quality standards are constantly provided. Solutions for compatibility of moulds between different machine types, new Röders RMC-system for quick mould change to reduce changeover times and cut mould costs","@ID":35}

"PACKAGING / PALLETISING PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net 26 Unsurprisingly, the global demand for filling machines has also increased. According to VDMA statements, filling and capping machines worth over 7.4 billion euros were exported around the globe in 2018, 3.6 per cent more than in 2017. The beverage industry accounts for a high share of these exports. Germany is the export world champion. The country exported filling and capping machines worth more than 2.3 billion euros in 2018. This is equivalent to an increase of five per cent compared to 2017. Italy is right behind in second place, with an export value of more than 1.4 billion euros. This number has increased slightly, by about 0.3 per cent compared to 2017. German production of beverage filling machines reached 2.2 billion euros (an increase of 1 per cent) in 2018, whilst production of beverage manufacturing machines reached 552 million euros – an increase of 6.7 per cent compared to 2017. Changed consumption conditions Global consumption of beverages has increased; at the same time, beverages are now being consumed in a completely different manner. The increase in out-of-home consumption and the desire for more convenience has led to a rising demand for individual beverages in light-weight packaging and smaller batches. Furthermore, the proportion of consumers in the 50+ generation is higher than average in the field of beverages, at almost 40 per cent. In future, these Baby Boomers will become more and more important as a target group for beverage suppliers, the Interpack organisers believe. Packaging that is designed in a way that makes them easy to open and just as easy to reseal could be one of the expectations of this generation. Prospects for the global beverage industry Data provided by British market research institute Euromonitor International and the VDMA Food Processing and Packaging Machinery Association show that, in 2018, 947 billion litres of beverages were consumed globally. By 2023, the demand is expected to increase even further – by 16.3 per cent to over one trillion litres (1,101 billion litres). PACKAGING Demands on the industry The beverage industry needs to be able to react to the continually changing demands of consumers and trade by providing a variety of products in increasingly shorter timescales. In this area, digital printing provides maximum flexibility. Marketing strategies can be implemented overnight, without having to worry about first using up bottle labels currently in stock. The printing process can be used on the new virgin PET as well as on rPET and uses inks that can be removed from the PET without any residue during recycling. www.interpack.de","@ID":28}

"PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net 51 TRADE SHOW REVIEW German Technology “I’m green” is a new biobased drop-in solution for polyethylene in the circular economy which was introduced by Tim Wagler, Commecial Director Renewable Chemicals, Europe & Asia, from Braskem. Mr Leoš Vrzalík from Asahi Breweries Europe Group talked about strategic challenges in sustainable beer packaging. He concentrated on two major principles of sustainability in packaging: Circularity and materials which need to be recyclable, reusable and reduced. A further presentation was given by Pedro Oliveira, Business Manager and Business Development on PET Systems at Husky. He sees the challenges of the future in the amount of waste produced, which will continue to increase due to the growing population. Pedro explains that worldwide 2,000 million tons of solid waste are produced per year. 80 million tons of this are plastic waste and of these 9 million tonnes are PET bottles. He went on that there has to be a change. He gave an overview on the legislation and commitment landscape (e.g. in 2022 Germany: Recycling target to 63%, 70% reusable beverage packaging; India: Eliminate all SUP; EU: SUP Directive in effect; US: California 10% PCR in bottles). He further mentioned the commitment of the brand owners, converters and retailers who have ambition aims in using up to 100% rPET in their bottles. Pedro continued in presenting Husky’s sustainable enablers. He referred to companies and associations that Husky works with to enable sustainable production in different projects. With light weighting the preforms and with a special design for sustainability Husky produces premium 100% rPET preforms in a direct melt on the new HyPET HPP5e. He explained that the advantage of this technology e.g. is the Universal Melt Interface with a continuous-tobatch converter (dual shooting pot). It minimises heat cycles and has a high precision melt control. Another highlight of the conference was the talk of An Vossen, Executive Manager of Plarebel. She talked on “Towards a higher recycling rate for plastic packaging in the circular economy - Challenges and tips for the packaging industry”. Her most important statement was that plastic is recyclable and that strong cooperation between the industry and the entire value chain is necessary. She calls for a revolution in plastic recycling, because all thermoplasts are recyclable on their own. The challenge is to turn a complex mixture of plastic packaging into high quality recyclates. She calls for greater flexibility in the rapidly evolving packaging market, encourages companies to comply with the guidelines for recyclable packaging and to take this into account during the development process and, last but not least, communication with consumers and more information. After two days of highly interesting presentations and a perfectly organised event, Polyone customers left the conference well informed and with many new contacts. PETplanet thanks Polyone very much for the invitation to this thoroughly successful seminar. www.polyone.com Pedro Oliveira, Business Manager and Business Development on PET Systems Husky An Vossen, Executive Manager Plarebel","@ID":53}

"TRADE SHOW REVIEW PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net 50 Polyone seminar on Sustainability and the Circular Economy For the first time PolyOne, a premier provider of specialised polymer materials, services and solutions organised a seminar on the hot topic of Sustainability and the Circular Economy. The company invited 60 exclusively selected customers and international top speakers to the two days event in Prague, Czech Republic. After a warmly welcome from Denis Keller, Marketing Director at PolyOne, Walter Ripple Vice President for Sustainability at PolyOne presented the sustainability strategy of PolyOne and PolyOne’s vision on the Circular Economy. Walter, with 28 years experience in the industry explained: “Our mission is to enable our customers’ innovation and sustainability goals through world-class products and services and excellence in the four cornerstones: people, products, planet and performance.” He mentioned the megatrend of recyclability in the Circular Economy and drew attention to the challenges and the opportunities this offers. Walter continued by explaining that PolyOne helps their customers to save energy, use less material and to focus on renewable energy applications. The company wants to improve recyclability for example on PET bottles. Therefore PolyOne developed toners for PET, special acetaldehyde scavenging additives as well as UV light barriers, oxygen scavengers and IV builders for PET. To pursue their goals of a Circular Economy and to be able to implement them within the industry Walter pointed out that PolyOne is a founding member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste. This international consortium has around 30 members who committed an investment of $1,5B for over five years to help clean up plastic waste. Marie-Raphael Morvillier, Senior Industry Manager for Food & Beverage Packaging - Colour & Additives at PolyOne opened her presentation with the enthusiastic statement that she never saw the packaging industry as active as now. She talked about the love & hate relationship with plastic packaging. She shared PolyOne’s perspective on the key pressures and challenges for the industry such as the problem of waste & sorting, the use of PCR and rPET and finally how we utilise resources. In details she mentioned the problem of incorrect disposal which contaminates the collection stream. She added that there is a lack of inherent sortability for specific packaging, as well as the effectiveness of sorting technologies & processes. There is also a lack of incentives for consumer and industry, the undersised waste management infrastructure is a big problem and a public education program on the need for proper disposal is missing. Marie highlighted some of PolyOne’s current solutions for these challenges. Among them a strong portfolio of solutions dedicated to PET, natural colours. She was also highlighting that a strong collaboration with waste sorting industry leaders will be a key way to further address some of these challenges, including PolyOne’s involvement with the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, Operation Clean Sweep and Petcore Europe. In the conference rooms, PolyOne presented the new OnColor Infrared Sortable Black for Recyclable Packaging, which enables automated sorting, developed in cooperation with recycling company Pellenc. It is a black colorant created without the addition of carbon black pigment which permits black polymers to be detected by near infrared (NIR) automatic sorting equipment, enabling recycling. OnColor IR Sortable Black is available in a range of blacks, and can also be customised to support the needs of brand owners, allowing black packaging to remain an option for current products. It is available as solid or liquid, for PET & polyolefins resins. It can be used for extrusion, injection and thermoforming. Another presentation has been held by Neil Skeffington, CEO from Novelplast. He talked about future sustainability of plastics with Novelplast. The company is an Irish StartUp specialised in the reprocessing of post-industrial PET scrap and byproducts. It is privately owned and funded with a total investment of € 6m and began operation in August 2019. Naomi Bennett, Marketing Communication Manager Color & Additives EMEA Polyone and Walter Ripple, Vice President for Sustainability Polyone Neil Skeffington, CEO Novelplast","@ID":52}

"BOTTLE MAKING 46 PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net From pharma bottles to hula hoop rings by Michael Maruschke Privately-owned company Himalayan Packaging Industries first produced PET pharma bottles in Selaqui (Uttarakhand state) in 2006. The PET line was followed by PP, PC, LDPE and HDPE containers for a wide range of industries, including pharma, FMCG, lubrication and alcoholic beverages. Today the company produces bottles and containers for food and personal care, and sports goods such as ABS thermoplastic fishing rods, hula hoop rings, ab wheels, children scooter covers, PVC skipping ropes and cricket stumps. Himalayan Packaging Industries Pvt. Ltd. - May 20, 2019 We met: Mr Santosh Shrivastava, Vice President - Operations Himalayan Packaging is a contract manufacturer; it does not sell anything under its own brand name. The company exports to markets across the world, including to companies such as Tupperware and Decathlon, to whom it supplies PP bottles, food boxes and sports goods. Wide range of production technologies Pharma bottles remain the company’s main business; it supplies more than 100 customers all over India. With about 500 tonnes processed per month, PET is still the predominant material. Around 200 tonnes of other plastic raw materials are processed each month, in addition. Apart from injection moulding (IM) and single stage injection stretch-blow moulding (ISBM), the company also offers extrusion, injection blow moulding (IBM), extrusion blow moulding (EBM), and both heat transfer and shrink sleeve labelling. The manufacturing floor hosts just over 60 production units: 20 injection moulding, IBM, extruder and EBM machines from Windsor, Ferromatik, Toshiba, CMP, JWM and others; and 43 stretch-blow moulding machines for converting various polymers. General development PET is used in “traditional” bottle applications such as pharma, FMCG Tour Sponsors: and food and beverage. The company actively promotes all types of plastic polymers for new packaging applications. Conversion of various types of PET bottle is an established strength of the company; it is now expanding to offer more processes and polymers such as TRP, TPU, Silicon and SEBS. Himalayan actively gets involved with and provides technical expertise and experience in R&D applications for new products, designs and polymers, depending on customer requirements. Himalayan is a very young company; it was started by first generation entrepreneur Mr Suresh Singhal. It is his approach that has delivered strong growth from its foundation. The company’s revenues have increased steadily over the years, from US$ 1.4 million in 2006, when it had just eight machines, to US$ 18 million in 2019. www.himalayangroup.co.in Santosh Shrivastava (right) with Michael Maruschke at the Editourmobil Meeting with VP Santosh Shrivastava in his office","@ID":48}

"TOP TALK PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net 10 Experts discuss the coronavirus crisis in India.We spoke to Rajesh Nath, Managing Director, VDMA India (Mechanical Engineering Industry Association) Coronavirus in India: A snapshot and view from the world’s largest democracy by Kay Barton The coronavirus lockdown in India has been extended until May 3, 2020. In common with other countries in the world, the government has taken that decision in order to slow down the further spread of the virus. While the strategy is almost certainly the right one, India faces a lot of issues in terms of the comprehensive availability of health care and COVID-19 tests especially. Outside metropolitan areas, infrastructure is poor and the even basic health support can be difficult to find. On the other hand, extremely densely populated areas in India’s mega cities, mostly inhabited by poorer people, can see the pandemic situation escalate. With the imposition of virus-related provisions and restrictions, the economy of the world’s largest democracy slowed down heavily and led to countless employee dismissals nationwide, especially in the informal segments, which currently account for nearly 90% of the entire economy. We spoke with Rajesh Nath about the overall and personal situation and about his estimation of the situation in India. As Managing Director of the VDMA in India, you are essentially the link between Europe and India for the mechanical engineering industry with its over 3,300 associated members. We would therefore really like to hear your views on what the situation is currently like on the ground. Is the Indian healthcare system prepared for a possible pandemic and to what extent would companies who count on daily wages and poorly educated people be affected if workers were absent due to illness? Rajesh Nath: The system is completely unprepared for a pandemic. There could be problems, especially in rural areas or where there is a rapid increase in the number of people contracting the virus. The current lockdown is affecting this group of people particularly badly. They are not working at present and have left their jobs during the lockdown in order to be with their families. PETplanet Insider: What are the economic and health risks posed by the virus for India and how best can they be addressed? Rajesh Nath: India is one of the most populous countries in the world which means that, in health terms, it is almost inevitable that the virus will spread. The country’s population is relatively young which could buck the trend. However, general healthcare provision is inadequate across India and the number of people with pre-existing conditions may be a sign of increased mortality rates due to the virus. The trouble is that even the experts are divided on this. The main danger to the economy is a rise in the number of unemployed Rajesh Nath working from home and joined by his pug “Zorro“ PETplanet Insider: Dear Rajesh. It is really kind of you to take the time to talk to us about what is happening in your country during these very challenging times. We have known each other for more than 10 years and worked on many joint projects together in and around India. Now we find ourselves in the middle of the COVID-19 crisis. We are due to be back in Mumbai as a partner of the Drink Technology India (DTI) exhibition in December, depending, of course, on how the virus develops. So far, India has received little in the way of press coverage here in Europe. However, as a regular visitor to India, I am familiar with the often-unhealthy living and sanitation conditions experienced by the lower social classes, e.g. in densely populated big-city slums and in poorly educated rural communities.","@ID":12}

"PACKAGING / PALLETISING PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net 23 PET Technologies helps Rez-Tech to blow-mould PET jars The right jar for the right product Rez-Tech Corporation has 30 years of experience in the field of producing pinch jars with handle, grip jars and nestable tubes (jars). They are used for salt, spices, granules, powders, nuts, snacks and confectionery. All the containers have a blown thread and snap cap. The Ohio-based Corporation produces the jars with the help of an automatic PET stretch blow moulder APF-10 made by PET Technologies. The machine works in line with dome trimming and packaging equipment supplied by European brands. It permits Rez-Tech to manufacture a wide range of containers with minimal changeover to the blow-moulder. Switching from grip jar to nestable tube, for example, involves stopping the machine for 20 minutes. The difference between the jars is in the shape: some are square, while others are round. The concept of the nestable jar is readily understood, while pinch grip jar may raise a few questions. The latter is a transparent and square 2 l PET container with a wide neck and firm pinch grip. It is ergonomic and comfortable in the hand. On the supermarket shelf this could be attractive to the consumer, particularly when filled with colourful confectionery  and snacks. With PET Technologies’ full-cycle approach and experience Rez-Tech were able to plan and implement new projects. The cooperation between the companies started with the design, development and prototyping of the PET jars. The company owner made sure that APF-10 would be able to cope with blow moulding complex wide neck containers. APF-10 met all the technical characteristics including the geometric parameters and material distribution. With PET Technologies Rez-Tech obtained a European perspective on sustainability, energy and engineering. PET Technologies helps to follow WHO hygiene guidelines Be supportive. Be careful. Be alert. Be kind , says one of the posters issued by the World Health Organisation. Manufacturing companies are no exception state PET Technologies. They must supply food and beverages, household chemicals and sanitisers without any delay to meet rising demand. Packaging disposability and hygiene are king. Be supportive . The company provides both a short lead-time and wide range of solutions: PET stretch blow moulders and packaging equipment, blow moulds and PET bottle design and development. Local service teams are stated to guarantee machine operation without any downtime. Be careful. The demand for sanitisers, which are often bottled in PET, has also been on the increase. PET Technologies is helping to solve this shortage by supplying PET stretch blow moulders to produce containers between 100ml and 40 l with an output of up to 14,000 bph. Be alert. According to BloombergNEF, “Concerns around food hygiene due to Covid-19 are likely to increase plastic packaging intensity”. PET Technologies can provide non-standard versions of its blow moulders. The recent project with Rez-Tech Corporation (the United States) is an example. Be kind. A human being can only survive 3 days without water. Meanwhile, 1 in 3 people globally do not have access to safe drinking water, according to a WHO report. PET bottles are one of the cheapest ways of supplying clean water to the remotest of locations and unsurprisingly growth has been dramatic. The capacity varies between 200ml and 40 l. PET Technologies can help to choose the blow moulder that meets specific requirements, whether it is 2 l bottle, 10 l bottle or 5 US gallon water cooler bottle. Let’s be safe and smart. At the present time, it  is a challenge to keep supermarket shelves full. This is leading to an expansion in PET manufacturing facilities to cope with the increasing demand for sanitisers and water. This is where PET Technologies can help in choosing the optimal PET stretch blow moulding solution or in developing an attractive PET bottle design. www.pet-eu.com PACKAGING","@ID":25}

"BOTTLE MAKING PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net 42 One-step double layer moulding process for ISBM containers Nissei ASB Machine Co., Ltd. announced the introduction of a new moulding process that further enhances the versatility of its line-up of one-step 4-station injection stretch blowmoulding machines to provide ecological and aesthetic container manufacturing solutions. Moulding process Previously, multi-layer preform moulding has been used to improve container performance by inserting a thin layer of a secondary material between two outer body layers of the preform. ASB’s newly developed double layer moulding process (patents pending) enables the container to be moulded with an inner and outer layer in the body section (Fig. 1) in a variety of thicknesses, configurations, moulding order, or resins as required to provide additional value and flexibility to the standard one-step ISBM process. This method broadens container moulding options in food safety, function and design. It encourages increased manufacturing of ecological containers utilising recycled PET resin. Fig. 2 ASB-12N/DL prototype machine for double layer moulding To enable this double layer moulding method, ASB has developed a prototype machine designated the ASB-12N/DL (Fig. 2) that is similar in size to its existing small-scale ASB12N/10 4-station injection stretch blow-moulding machine. This newly developed machine consists of five stations, with a second injection mould occupying the additional station being supplied by its own injection unit (Fig. 3).  The ASB series onestep moulding process is known for its versatility in moulding high quality containers in a vast range of moulding resins – now with the addition of the double layer moulding process. The possibilities open up of enhancing either the visual or physical properties using different materials for inner or outer layers. Ecological container – using recycled PET, flake PET Current production of food grade container using recycled PET is limited in many countries due to food safety regulations. By moulding a container where the inner layer is virgin PET resin, food safety can be assured even while moulding the outer layer with lower quality recycled resin (Fig. 4). The result is the ability to expand the use of recycled resin to a wider range of applications to reduce pollution and preserve resources. Air-less pump container An air-less pump container can increase the pre- and post-retail shelfFig. 1 Cross section Fig. 3 Simplified view of double layer moulding concept with cross section of preform & bottle Fig. 4 & 5: Double layer container with recycled material as exterior layer (left) and double layer bottle moulded with collapsible PP liner & PET outer layer","@ID":44}

"TRADE SHOW REVIEW PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net 48 Side S.A. Barcelona’s Open Days Technology for meeting customer needs Spanish PET blow moulding machine manufacturer Side S.A. held a series of “Open Days” at its headquarters and main production facility in Barcelona, Spain, in early March 2020. The events were especially arranged to present the company’s next generation of PET preform blowers. Side’s Open Days offered professional packaging and food & beverage manufacturers a detailed presentation on the technological innovations that the company has been developing in recent years. Presentations concluded with a demonstration of the new S3000 series of PET blowers, which are designed for outputs of up to 16,000 1.5 l bottles/hour. Managing Director Judit Birosta described the evolution of Side from its origins 45 years ago to its current operations and business network. The company now has a presence in over 40 different countries. Ms Birosta revealed its plans for future developments and a number of Industry 4.0 projects in which it is a supplier of both software and hardware. Sales Director Josep Jiménez provided an overview and insight of the preform PET blower market. He reviewed Side’s milestone developments in the market over recent years and emphasised that it is the company’s intention to be recognised as an important source of technological innovation in meeting customers’ needs. Mr Jimenez also presented the entire current range of Side blower models, including those that have been updated in the last two years. He particularly highlighted the 2002eG-XL blower, which is capable of producing up to 1,400 five gallon (20 l) bph in one-way formats, and the 5001eG-XL blower, which the company claims is the fastest in the market within its range. The 5001eG-XL preform PET blower can produce containers of up to 50 l and also has the capacity for production of returnable five gallon containers, with or without an inserted handle. Its output capacity is over 300 bph per cavity. Side says that these models’ Siemens control system’s heating enables very precise control of the lamps’ irradiation process. The new 3000 preform linear blowmoulding Series The new Series 3000 was introduced by Marc Montserrat, the Technical Director, who gave a detailed explanation about how this new range of machines has enabled Side to access new projects it was previously unable to take on but has also been used to entirely remodel its production operations. The manufacturing system has now become a modular process, in which components from various models are fully compatible with one another. This enables enormous flexibility and facilitates the swift incorporation of new technologies, applications and customisations in all models. The Series 3000 is divided into four blower models. Series 3000 models with seven cavities have also been developed for outputs of up to 14,000 bph in formats up to 3 l, and is described as ideal for production of oval containers. The eight-cavity S3008e, which was showcased at the open days, can achieve production cycles equivalent to 18,000 bph. The model on display demonstrated production of 28.5 g 1.5 l blue containers at a cycle rate of 1.79 s, equivalent 16,000 bph. The S3008e’s cavities are designed with sufficient space to produce containers of up to 2 l. Side claims that it is the fastest linear blower currently available, for those formats. The S3004e and S3005e models are designed for the production of containers of up to 10 l and 8 l, respectively. The five cavity version can achieve outputs of up to 7,000 bph for 5 l containers. Side says that these models have the highest output currently available on the market by far, and offer significant advantages for bottling plants that require large outputs but need to control the level of inversion. With this new range of blowers, Side now has a total of 11 different blower models. It was announced at the Open Days event that Farmaplas, part of the Novapet Group, has already acquired the first of several new Series 3000 blowers.","@ID":50}

"PACKAGING / PALLETISING PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net 20 Beyond natural water Mount Asama, the most active volcano in Japan, rises in the vicinity of Tsumagoi, in the prefecture of Gunma, an area rich in water springs. It is here that Tsumagoi Meisui Co. Ltd. bottling company is located. To meet the growing domestic demand for mineral water under the Tsumagoi and Oku-Karaizawa brands, the company turned to SMI for the installation of a stretch blowmoulder EBS 3 K Ergon for the production of  0.32 l, 0.41 l and 0.5 l bottles in PET. The Tsumagoi Meisui Co. Ltd production plant is situated on a plateau 1,290m above sea level at the foot of Mt Azumaya (2,354m), one of the 100 most famous mountains in Japan. In winter its peak is covered by several metres of snow, which, when this melts, penetrates into the subsoil reaching deep into the mountain, to become a source of water that is high in quality and rich in nutrients. It is from this area that the Japanese company obtains the natural mineral water that it bottles, extracted by modern plants, from a 250m deep underground well. This water, which has properties that remain unchanged throughout the complete production process, has a constant temperature all year round of 9°C, it is very light (for this reason it is ideal for preparing tea, coffee and various dishes), it is slightly alkaline, with a PH of 7.6 like the body’s PH, furthermore, it is particularly suitable for babies  as it has low percentages of magnesium and calcium. Investing for efficiency and improved availability The strong growth of the bottled water market in Japan has made it necessary for Tsumagoi Meisui to expand. In July 2018, to be able to support an increase in production, the need to reduce delivery time for the water in PET bottles under the brand Tsumagoi and Ok-Karauizawa, the Japanese company invested in a new EBS K Ergon stretch-blow moulder from Italian company SMI. This new equipment was installed in the existing factory specifically for bottling water. It is equipped with the most modern technology within this sector. Increasing storage capacity and reducing distribution costs are the prerequisites for increasing production efficiency within a bottling plant. The third plant belonging to the Japanese company, Tsumagoi Meisui, inaugurated in December 2018, was built with the aim of storing  products from the other production lines in the other two plants. However, various reasons, such as the strong demand from the Japanese market for bottled water and the necessity to upgrade the production structure, pushed the company into also investing in a new bottling line. The production volume of the existing line was around 120,000 cases per month, and now thanks to the new SMI machinery, which was recently installed, they will be able to reach a capacity of 150,000 cases/ month. The storage capacity of this third plant, will not only allow Tsumagoi Meisui to  store up to 20 days of production, it will also reduce logistic costs by around 6%, by eliminating storage and transport costs between the five warehouses they had previously rented. The third Tsumagoi-Mura plant  Area occupied: 20,178 m2  Construction began: May 2018  Activity began: December 2018  Effective storage capacity: around 180,000 cases  Capital invested: around 700 million yen PACKAGING From left to right: Hiromasa Suzuki, Sales Dept. At Correns; Minoru Toyota, President of Tsumagoi; Yoshiki Maeda, Sales Manager at Correns The Tsumagoi blower on show at the “Drink Japan 2018” exhibition The most active volcano in Japan, mount Asama, rises in the vicinity of Tsumagoi, in the prefecture of Gunma, an area rich with water springs, like that of the Tsumagoi Meisui Co. Ltd. Bottling company.","@ID":22}

"61 PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net BUYERS GUIDE Phone:  +1-781-933-3570 Fax:  +1-781-932-9428 Email: sales@vacuumbarrier.com Web: www.vacuumbarrier.com 5.0 RECYCLING Food-grade PET Recycling info@bariq-eg.com www.bariq-eg.com Bühler Thermal Processes AG As of April 2015, the company is renamed to Polymetrix  see Polymetrix Highly efficient RECYCLING chemicals, tailor-made process solutions & an unique technical support. CHT Germany GmbH Tel +49 7071 154 - 233 recycling@cht.com www.cht.com Performance Products for PET and Plastics Recycling Applications. Via Vigevano 61 28069 - San Martino di Trecate Novara - Italy Phone. +39.0321.789710 ufficiocommerciale@macdermid.com Macdermidenthone.com/industrial Locations in the US and Europe info@pti-usa.com www.pti-usa.com Polymetrix AG A Sanlian Bühler Company Sandackerstr. 24 9245 Oberbüren, Switzerland Direct +41 71 552 10 00 www.polymetrix.com PET-Recycling Plants Consulting & Engineering Complete Solutions 5.8 Complete recycling plants AMUT spa PET, HDPE and LDPE washing plants manufacturer Via Cameri 16, 28100 Novara, Italy info@amut.it www.amutgroup.com Tel: +86-573-85120186 sales@bo-re-tech.com www.bo-re-tech.com - Complete PET Bottle Washing Plant - Bottle to Fiber Project Engineering - Bottle to Bottle Project Engineering - PET Pelletizing Plant Complete PET recycling plant, FDA approved, integrated IV increase, with Pellet- or FlakeSSP, process features lowest overall energy consumption, more than 250 plants supplied to industry. EREMA GMBH Unterfeldstr. 3, A-4052 Ansfelden Tel. 0043-732-3190-0 erema@erema.at · www.erema.at SIPA S.p.A via Caduti del Lavoro,3 31029 Vittorio Veneto, Italy Tel.  +390438911511 Fax  +390438912273 sipa@zoppas.com www.sipa.it 4.3.4 Aseptic filling lines Blowing, filling, packaging Turnkey Solution Supplier Tel.: +86-512-58691111 www.newamstar.com 4.4.1 Labelling machinery Finpac Italia srl tel +39 02 89775524 info@finpac.it  –  www.finpac.it P.E. LABELLERS S.p.A. Via Industria 56 46047 Porto Mantovano (MN), Italy Tel.: +39 0376 389311 pelabellers@pelabellers.it www.pelabellers.com 4.5 Downstream equipment Tel:  +34 954779200 andyor@andyor.com www.andyor.com 4.6 Liquid Nitrogen Dosing Terboven GmbH Hubert-Underberg-Allee 14 47495 Rheinberg / Germany fon +49 (0) 2843 - 9727 -0 mail@terboven.net www.terboven.net Herbold Meckesheim GmbH PET Granulators, Agglomerators, Shredders, Complete PET washing and recycling lines Industriestrasse 33 74909 Meckesheim Tel.:  06226 - 932 – 0 Fax:  06226 - 932 – 495 herbold@herbold.com www.herbold.com “PET washing and recycling plants, turnkey and modules for B2B, fiber, sheet” SOREMA division of PREVIERO N.srl Via per Cavolto 17, 22040 Anzano del Parco (Co) -Italy Tel:+39 031 63491250 sales@sorema.it · www.sorema.it Starlinger recycling PET recycling equipment www.recycling.starlinger.com Turnkey solutions and modules for plastic recycling and washing plants (PET, PE, PP, PS); more than 60 plants supplied worldwide; “made in Germany” STF Maschinen- und Anlagenbau GmbH Industriestr. 2, D-94529 Aicha v. Wald Tel: +49 (0) 8544 960-110 Mail: contact@stf-group.de Web: www.stf-group.de Complete washing lines for PET recycling, for fibre, sheet, B-t-B applications TECNOFER ECOIMPIANTI SRL Via Calto, 409/28 45030 Ceneselli (RO) - Italy Tel: +39 0425 849090 info@tecnofer.biz www.tecnofer.biz","@ID":63}

"PACKAGING / PALLETISING 34 PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net Laboratory thickness and dimensional measurement system for plastic containers Agr International has unveiled their latest development, the Gawis 4D, an all-in-one measurement system for plastic containers and preforms. Designed to automate a number of critical bottle and preform measurements into a single operation, this new laboratory test system provides measurement capabilities to support the design, process and quality management of plastic containers and preforms. PACKAGING The Gawis 4D is two systems in one; a thickness measurement system, and a dimensional gauging device. It incorporates state of the art optical gauging and thickness measurement technology, in combination with automation, to simplify container measurement operations while maximising testing throughput. It is designed to provide broad measurement capabilities on a wide range of plastic containers and preforms with accuracy, repeatability and operational throughput. Built upon a completely new measurement platform, Gawis 4D incorporates a number of features and capabilities that include: Comprehensive thickness measurement over the container body with:  Single and multiple point measurements  Vertical and horizontal scans Precise finish gauging and body measurements, including base clearance and height featuring:  AutoJob – automated job setup  High resolution, USB 3 camera technology  Optimised lensing and telecentric optics  360º imaging, with frames captured up to 1º Performance to ISBT, ASTM and equivalent international standards. Industry 4.0 communication protocols technology for dimensional gauging The Gawis 4D is to provide measurements with a level of precision and repeatability that can document dimensions of production containers and have sufficient precision for the qualification and management of moulds. The vision measurement technology incorporated in the Gawis 4D utilises high pixel density camera components in combination with enhanced telecentric optics and lighting. This combination provides a very crisp edge shadow, making it possible to achieve high dimensional precision In addition to discrete measurements, the Gawis 4D can perform horizontal or vertical scans of the bottle/preform for analysing material distribution.","@ID":36}

"8 NEWS PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net Mr Nadeem Amin joins the Sacmi USA team as Vice President – PET Sales and Business Development Sacmi announced the appointment of Mr Nadeem Amin who will be responsible for supporting customers in the North America PET preform market. Mr Amin brings over 30 years of experience in the PET preform business and will be a key asset in helping to provide customers with manufacturing solutions. His passion and depth of experience in helping customers include business growth, business development, lightweighting preforms, development of new injection moulding systems including preform moulds and maximising production of existing perform systems. His most recent project was to build  a preform manufacturing plant as a full turnkey solution with a key consideration to rPET material for a major brand. Mr Amin is known for his ability to combine technology and business value. He is expected to give the Closures, Containers & PET Division’s sales team a valuable boost, especially in regard to the development of turnkey solutions for this division. Mr Amin will work alongside Mr Allan Andersen, whose coordination work will, from now on, focus more sharply on Closures & Containers. Both individuals will be working with Mr Stefano Chiozzini, the Sacmi Closures, Containers & PET Division’s Area Sales Manager for USA and Canada. Sacmi is committed to the US market. Strengthening the sales force will drive forward the development of pioneering preform production systems, encouraging designembracing innovation and harness  the growing appeal of PET on account of its recyclable qualities. With an indoor facility of 90,000 square feet, Sacmi USA states to have a top-flight team that provides customers with close support from the initial stages of the sale onwards via a 24/7 sales and technical assistance service. The team is made up of over 75 technicians and sales/assistance staff. It provides expert support at every phase, from product development and package light weighting to training programmes and assistance, ensuring customers always get the highest return on any Sacmi technology. All work will be overseen by the Sacmi USA headquarters, located in Des Moines, Iowa, which coordinates with the branches in Tennessee (Brentwood) and California (Merced). www.sacmi.com Indorama Ventures aims to recycle 50 billion bottles per year by 2025 Indorama Ventures Public Company Limited (IVL), a global company listed in Thailand has recycled 50 billion PET bottles since 2011 – the equivalent to the weight of over  200,000 elephants. This major global recycling milestone saved three million barrels of crude oil and eliminated 1.65 million tons of carbon. The company has committed US$ 1.5 billion to deliver more recycling infrastructure globally. Mr Yashovardhan Lohia, Chief Recycling Officer at Indorama Ventures said, “Today [March 23] we recycled our 50 billionth PET bottle, since we started in 2011. As a Thai company, we are very proud to achieve this major global recycling milestone. We want to go further because we know PET is fully recyclable and uses less energy and water to produce than alternative beverage packaging. In five years’ time we aim to recycle 50 billion bottles a year. “To achieve this, we have committed up to US$1.5 billion to expand our recycling business. Our work will support household brand names who are using more and more recycled PET in their bottles. No recyclable PET bottle should leak into our environment. We are building the recycling infrastructure the world needs. Our facilities close the loop and deliver a circular economy for PET bottles.” Mr Lohia said. Mr Richard Jones, Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications and Sustainability said, “This is an amazing target to have hit and we are pushing further rapidly. On 9th March we were pleased to sign a new joint venture with Coca-Cola that will build an advanced recycling plant in the Philippines. This facility will produce food grade recycled PET for new bottles. “We now are able to supply the major brands with safe and hygienic bottles made from recycled PET in Europe, the Americas and for the first time in Southeast Asia, in the Philippines. The plant is expected to be completed by the end of 2021,” Richard said. www.indoramaventures.com Mr. Yashovardhan Lohia, Chief Recycling Officer at Indorama Ventures","@ID":10}

"LABELLING PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net 38 DecoType Lab The manually-operated DecoType Lab is a fully-integrated system designed for test runs, operator training and/or small scale production. The Lab is equipped with one Dekron Printing System Duo unit, providing two print stations, and a print cage, ready for printing onto cylindrical objects. It is supplied with all the hardware and software required to design and develop digital decoration. It uses specially-formulated digital UV inks, controlled by Print Server colour management and RIP functions. The colour spectrum covers CMYK plus white, varnish and up to two spotcolours; glass substrates can be protected by a digital lacquer. A separate unit houses the printing system, pretreatment and UV curing functions. It arrives ready to connect to filtered compressed air and electricity, or gas for flame pretreatment on substrates. The housing can be used as a service station for maintenance, if operators subsequently acquire DecoType Compact or Performance machines. Production capacity is up to 120 glass or PET containers/hour. DecoType Compact The Compact is a linear machine, designed for small batch sizes and up to 5,000 glass or PET containers/ hour. Output in practice depends on substrate, bottle size, material, weight, colour, artwork design and resolution. Up to five Dekron Printing System Duo units can be incorporated, allowing up to 10 printing stations. The Compact system features automatic cleaning, an artwork inspection system, specially formulated digital UV inks, and Dekron Print Server for colour management and RIP functions. Pretreatment can be Dekron DecoType system for a range of packaging solutions Direct digital printing The range of digital decoration solutions offered under the DecoType brand by German company Dekron GmbH, a subsidiary of Krones AG, extends from the manually-operated DecoType Lab, to the high speed DecoType Performance rotary machine. LABELLING ABC","@ID":40}

"PACKAGING / PALLETISING PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net 15 motivate customers to bring their own shopping bag or basket to the supermarket. Anyone wishing to purchase such a bag for multiple-use may do so at the checkout; popular are, e.g., bags made of plastic nonwoven. For spontaneous purchases, bags made of recycled plastic are partly offered; however, in the single-use sector, plastic is increasingly replaced with (recycled) paper. “My common sense tells me: paper instead of plastic” is the catchy advertising slogan on Rewe’s shopping bags with which the group serves a common prejudice. In reality, it is doubtful whether paper bags are indeed the better alternative. Paper may have the reputation of being a natural, eco-friendly material, but from an ecological point of view, paper carrier bags do not perform better, but actually worse than their plastic counterparts. This is mainly due to the fact that the production of paper carrier bags is very energy - and waterintensive; in addition, chemicals such as cooking liquor or bleaching agents are used which pollute the environment. Moreover, paper bags are poorly suited for multiple uses, as they are not particularly tear-resistant and unable to withstand higher levels of moisture. So while waste avoidance and multiple uses are good and important measures, simply replacing plastic with paper does not constitute an improvement, as long as the carrier bags are disposed of in a responsible way. Incidentally, the winner of the Life Cycle Assessment of the Swiss materials research institute EMPA is the carrier bag made of more than 80% recycled plastic; to achieve the same value per use, a paper bag would have to be used 7.4 times. The cotton bag achieved the worst rating, owing to the high environmental impact of cotton production. Refillable glassbottles or PET recycling? PET bottles are just perfect for the transport of beverages: they are light, flexible and some of them already consist of 100% recycled material (e.g., the mineral water bottles from Austrian beverage producers Römerquelle and Vöslauer). A life cycle analysis commissioned by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment shows that the 1.5 l PET bottle has the best balance of all mineral water bottles tested – only tap water with soda stream is more environmentally friendly. The glass bottle performs less well, as its production as well as the melting process require much more energy (liquefaction only from approx. 1,500 degrees, PET bottle from approx. 250 degrees) and its high weight causes considerable CO2 emissions during truck transport. While glass bottles account for around 50% of the weight of a truckload, the maximum share of PET bottles is 10%. The higher weight also affects the transport home from the supermarket: With glass bottles, it is more likely that the consumer will use the car, which in turn generates CO2 . Even though refillable glass bottles have a better balance than single-use glass bottles, the washing process also has a negative impact on the environment, and weight remains a limiting factor. For the PET bottle, a recycled content of 35% was considered in the analysis – so there is even room for further gains. motan-colortronic gmbh - info@motan-colortronic.de www.motan-colortronic.com Digital service and maintenance from motan – no matter where you are Remote Maintenance Box - the simple and safe solution for digital maintenance and care of all motan CONTROLnet controls.","@ID":17}

"LABELLING PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net 36 Monolayer roll-fed labels increase sustainability and efficiency Shrink the environmental footprint Since sustainability is becoming an increasingly important topic in today’s packaging world, Multi-Color is looking for ways to make labels as environmentally friendly as possible for customers. Knowing that Coca-Cola has interest in reducing their environmental impact, Multi-Color approached Dasani to investigate producing thinner labels, whilst still allowing their bottle to be recycled. LABELLING About Multi-Color Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A. based Multi-Color Corporation (MCC), established in 1916, supporting a number of the world’s most prominent brands including leading producers of home and personal care, wine and spirits, food and beverage, healthcare and specialty consumer products. MCC serves national and international brand owners in North, Central and South America, Europe, Africa, China, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand with a comprehensive range of the latest label technologies in pressure sensitive, cut and stack, wraps, aluminium, in-mould, shrink sleeve and heat transfer. film allows for more labels per roll. This creates fewer roll changes on application equipment and more labels per pallet. The storage space is also optimised because less space is needed to store a larger number of labels, creating more storage space for other things the brand could utilise. Since more labels can fit on one pallet, this drives down freight costs and allows for more cost-saving opportunities. The Dasani labels are printed in a gravure format which provides best print quality and more consistent label length repeats for application. Moving to monolayer labels f r om l ami na t ed labels offer brand teams the ability to surface print embellishments (tactile, matte/gloss, etc) which adds to the consumer’s brand experience. Ov e r a l l , t h e Coca-Cola team was very pleased with the final result o f t h e D a s a n i monolayer labels. They were able to make several new improvements, all with one new label construction, MultiColor stated. Zen Kramer, Associate Brand Manager of Dasani commented: “The transition to monolayer labels allowed Dasani to advance its sustainability agenda as part of a World Without Waste, while also presenting a cost savings opportunity to our business. Working with MCC allowed for a seamless transition to the new label technology and helped continue a partnership focused on innovation and efficiency.” This project proved to be successful through fruitful collaboration between Coca-Cola and the Multi-Color Corporation. Multi-Color is happy to help Coca-Cola meet their goals and make a positive impact on the environment, states the company. www.mcclabeltalk.com www.mcclabel.com Multi-Color’s solution is a monolayer label that detaches cleanly from the PET bottle in the recycling process. Their previous label technology had issues with the ink coming off the label and staining the recycling wash water. This in turn caused the PET flakes to be stained and discoloured, degrading the quality of the recycled PET flake. The new monolayer labels MultiColor produced and quality-approved do not stain the PET flakes, thus allowing the flakes to be reused f or subsequen t mouldings. The monolayer labels offer several other benefits compared to standard 2 ply roll-fed versions. The s e i n c l ude increased sustainability, enhanced operational efficiency, and cost savings opportunities, said MultiColor. The monolayer film is sustainable because it uses less overall material than laminated labels. In addition, it still meets the strict requiremen t s f o r PET bottle recycling. Operational efficiency is enhanced because the thinner","@ID":38}

"PACKAGING / PALLETISING PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net 22 Interview with Minoru Toyota President of Tsumagoi Meisui Co. Ltd. What is the key to success for your company? Without a doubt one of the main factors in our recent success was the opportunity offered by new sales channels, or more precisely, we changed from a traditional type of “business”, that of selling our products through distribution points, shops and supermarkets, to one of “e-commerce”, managed directly by head office. What are the current market trends for your reference sector? In the world of mineral water, the main criterion of consumer choice is the price of the product. In fact, everyone whether final consumers or bottlers (in the case of working with third party), ask us for cheap products. For this reason Tsumagoi Meisui Co. Ltd, the same as every other company which bottles water, needs to compete on the market by keeping the production costs and sales prices low, and with this aim, developing innovative solutions that are able to offer products that are increasingly competitive. What are the main factors that led Tsumagoi to invest in a new stretch-blow moulder supplied by SMI? The main factor that led us to choose an SMI system, rather than another brand, was the compactness of the machine from the EBS K range. The new range of SMI blowers stands out from others, with its unique, compact module that integrates the preform heating section (oven) with the stretch-blow moulding (carousel), this technical configuration fits perfectly within the available space inside our production factory. In your view, what are the main challenges for future expansion? The biggest challenge that we need to face for future growth, is certainly the development of solutions that guarantee the best combination between “bottle capacity and volume” and “the number of bottles in a cardboard box”, with the aim of optimising storage and distribution operations and reducing their costs. What were the biggest challenges that in the “business” of mineral water Tsumagoi has overcome? Working with head office, we faced and overcame a demanding programme to reduce the physical costs of distribution, the success of which depended on the creation of new bottles in PET with particular characteristics, which reduced the cost of packaging materials, such as bottles without labels. the stretch rod cycle and accurate control of their position, as well as providing energy savings.  ultra-compact system: the preform heating section (oven) is integrated within the stretch-blow moulding section (carousel) in a single compact module, which makes this system suitable even for bottling lines in limited  space.  reduced blower energy consumption, thanks to the preform heating module, equipped with high efficiency IR lamps and the stretch blow-moulding module with an air dual recovery system that allows the reduction of energy costs tied to the production of high pressure compressed air.  the structure that surrounds the oven and the carousel is equipped with slightly rounded protection doors, which provide more space inside the machine so that cleaning and maintenance can be carried out easily and safely.  the stretch-blow moulding system uses high performance low deadvolume valves that reduce preblowing and blowing times, therefore improving efficiency and the quality of the bottles produced.  the machinery is managed by the MotorNet System for automation and control, which ensures constant maintenance of optimum processing parameters throughout the entire production cycle and the direct modification of the machine settings, thereby simplifying format changeover operations. When the container becomes competition Over the last few years, the competition between companies in the mineral water sector has increasingly evolved around the price of the product that needs to be low but high quality for consumers. To be able to maintain or increase their share of the market, bottling companies need to develop innovative solutions that are able to reduce production, running and distribution costs. All this requires careful analysis of the characteristics and performance of the bottles in PET that are used, analysis that persuaded the Japanese company Tsumagoi Meisui to create new containers that optimise the combination between the volume of the bottle blown by the SMI rotary stretch-blow moulder and the number of bottles contained in the cardboard box. Among the best formats, to reduce storage and distribution costs, Tsumagoi Meisui chose 0.32 l and 0.5 l square based bottles in PET and 0.41 l and 0.5 l cylindrical bottles. www.smigroup.it The staff from Tsumagoi during the factory acceptance test The Tsumagoi Meisui Co. Ltd production plant","@ID":24}

"PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21 49 TRADE SHOW REVIEW Guest presentations from Husky and ABC Compressors Husky and ABC Compressors made guest presentations on the second day in the series. Cosimo Carroccia and Luis Espigol of Husky, focused on the latest news from the PET market, on new innovations in various preform necks and corresponding closure systems in particular, as they adapt to new legislation. Xabier Noguera and José Ignacio Aizpuru of ABC Compressors described the latest savings developments in the high-pressure air production process. Despite the then-emerging Coronavirus/Covid-19 emergency, the Open Days were judged to have been a success and Side S.A. is already planning the next event; an announcement, which will be made soon, will include planning for the inclusion of new partnerships. Side’s management is at pains to stress how important it is for the company to demonstrate its capacity to offer solutions tailored to the requirements of each project. www.sidemachines.com The 8-cavity S3008e can achieve production cycles equivalent to 18,000bph. The Sidel EvoDECO labelling solutions, available either as a modular, multi-technology or as dedicated-technology equipment, offer customers total flexibility and performance, fulfilling any need to meet today’s demands within labelling. They deliver great efficiency and low Total Cost of Ownership with high output, 30% faster changeover time, 40% less maintenance time and 40% less electrical consumption compared to the previous generation. With EvoDECO Multi you can easily change from high-performance cold glue, Pressure Sensitive Labels, or roll-fed, to hot melt modules and quickly ramp-up your production. Find your labelling solution at sidel.com/labelling DESIGNED FOR TOTAL FLEXIBILITY OPTIMISED FOR UNMATCHED PERFORMANCE SIDEL EVODECO LABELLING SOLUTIONS","@ID":51}

"imprint EDITORIAL PUBLISHER Alexander Büchler, Managing Director HEAD OFFICE heidelberg business media GmbH Vangerowstraße 33 69115 Heidelberg, Germany phone:  +49 6221-65108-0 fax:  +49 6221-65108-28 info@hbmedia.net EDITORIAL Kay Barton Heike Fischer Gabriele Kosmehl Michael Maruschke Ruari McCallion Waldemar Schmitke Anthony Withers WikiPETia.info petplanet@hbmedia.net MEDIA CONSULTANTS Martina Hirschmann hirschmann@hbmedia.net Johann Lange-Brock lange-brock@hbmedia.net phone: +49 6221-65108-0 fax: +49 6221-65108-28 LAYOUT AND PREPRESS EXPRIM Werbeagentur | exprim.de Matthias Gaumann READER SERVICES Till Kretner reader@hbmedia.net PRINT Chroma Druck & Verlag GmbH Werkstr. 25 67354 Römerberg Germany WWW www.hbmedia.net | petpla.net PETplanet Insider ISSN 1438-9459 is  published 10 times a year. This publication is sent to qualified subscribers (1-year subscription 149 EUR, 2-year subscription 289 EUR, Young professionals’ subscription 99 EUR. Magazines will be dispatched to you by airmail). Not to be reproduced in any form without permission from the publisher. Note: The fact that product names may not be identified as trademarks is not an indication that such names are not registered trademarks. 3 PETplanet Insider  Vol. 21  No. 05/20  petpla.net Dear readers, A WASTED OPPORTUNITY? The coronavirus crisis has brought a great deal of sorrow and anxiety into our lives, and for producers in the food industry, things are anything but normal. The consumption of mineral water has leapt in comparison to last year to levels seen only in a really hot summer. And the good old PET bottle is experiencing something of a revival. The usual trend for a greater variety of drinks is also a thing of the past. Top of everyone’s list is good old mineral water. You have to ask yourself how, before the coronavirus crisis, plastic and its representative of all evil, the PET bottle, were portrayed as the devil incarnate by the media. The well-known arguments that it is light, resource-saving and easy to recycle never appeared in the media. And now there is a run on the PET bottle similar to that on toilet paper and hand sanitiser. In times of crisis, it seems that consumers also panic-buy water in PET bottles, the very image of environmental destruction a mere three months ago. However, in contrast to toilet paper or hand sanitiser manufacturers, the drinks industry is geared up for seasonal peaks. Fluctuations of 30 to 50%, depending on the climatic region, are written into the business plan. Usually, a PET bottle takes two months to get from filling to consumer. Today, however, this has shrunk to just a few days. So there are rarely any shortages at point of sale. It is not only flexible production that is responsible for this; it is also the proximity of bottling facilities to the consumer. A dense network of bottling facilities covers Germany and hardly a single PET bottle travels more than 300km through the country. And, in contrast to reusable glass bottles, this happens just once. This saves time, money and protects the environment thanks to quick deliverability. Oblivious to all this is the consumer, who simply reaches into the full shelf while making a fuss about other products in short supply. The systematic advantage of PET bottles that are independent of container returns policies is their greater availability even in times of crisis. Here, PET manufacturers can shine. They can continue their brisk service to society, without any shortages. Nowhere in the media can you read about the enormous efforts of the PET bottling industry. Perhaps it would help the image of the PET bottle if the aspects like regionality and flexible production were made plainer to the consumer alongside the better-known advantages. Otherwise, it will be another wasted opportunity to significantly improve the image of the PET bottle in the media. Yours Erik Eichler HANSA-HEEMANN AG Production Manager in Bruchsal, Germany","@ID":5}

"PACKAGING / PALLETISING PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net 17 Water supply in Mexico City Is safe drinking water possible without plastic? by Claudia Wörner, PR Agency yes or no Media and Kathya Santoyo Zarate, Editorial Director of “Global Energy & Global Industries” in Mexico One thing is clear: plastic waste in the environment is a problem. In many parts of the world plastics are needed. In Mexico City, for example, plastic bottles are important for supplying the population with clean drinking water. 8.9 million people live in Mexico City - a little more than in Austria or Switzerland. The entire conurbation even has over 21 million inhabitants. This makes Mexico City the world’s third largest megacity after Tokyo and Mumbai - and it faces an enormous challenge: supplying its inhabitants with drinking water. Fresh drinking water from plastic bottles Water flowing from the taps is often visibly contaminated by sediments or colouration. If it is flowing at all, because the city’s water network is repeatedly disturbed. 18 per cent of the population officially live with a water supply system that functions only irregularly. Another source of water is the tankers known as “pipas”. But its quality is as unclear as its origin. The irregular supply has created a vicious circle. People collect the water in tinacos - canisters on the roofs - in case the water fails again. Because the water supply is so poor, the inhabitants of Mexico City consume between 250 l and 500 l of drinking water in plastic bottles every year, depending on estimates. It is the only safe source of drinking water for them. The people use it for personal consumption - even for cooking. Tap water, on the other hand, is only just used for household purposes and for washing. Energy recycling as the most sensible option So, plastic bottles in Mexico City are important for the well-being and health of the inhabitants. To prevent these plastic bottles from becoming an environmental problem, the waste must be properly disposed of and recycled. The best and easiest way to do this would be to collect and thermally recycle plastic waste. This energy recycling even has a double benefit: On the one hand, clean drinking water for the population. On the other hand, the energy contained in the plastic can be used to generate electricity and heat. Background of the water crisis Due to the geographical location of Mexico City, the procurement of water is a challenge. In the past, the metropolis was located in the middle of a saltwater lake; today the groundwater is pumped out. An earthquake in November 1985 contributed significantly to the current situation. For well over 100 years, the water of the megacity has been pumped from deep wells. About 3,000 wells in the city area pump it up from depths of 400m. This causes the city’s ground to sink in. In 2014, satellite measurements by the European Space Agency (ESA) showed that in large parts of the city area, the water will sink by 30cm per year. In some places it is even 50cm per year. As a result, new damage to the water systems is occurring time and again. Pipes break, wastewater seeps into drinking water pipes, gradients are reversed. Over 40 per cent of the water pumped is lost through leaks. In view of this situation, there is no improvement in sight despite all the efforts of the city administration. The strong earthquake of 19 November 1985 is considered to be an accelerator of the water shortages, and on the morning of that day, in addition to numerous buildings and roads, the underground water and sewage pipes were also severely damaged. Many households were left without water afterwards. In others, only a cloudy liquid flowed out of the pipes. The aversion to tap water spread among the inhabitants. In addition, shortly afterwards the city administration warned against using the water for cooking or drinking. Clean water from plastic bottles is therefore the only solution for the inhabitants of Mexico City. PACKAGING","@ID":19}

"PREFORM PRODUCTION PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net 45 Fresh PET in the Holy City by Michael Maruschke Haridwar is an ancient and holy city, located in the North Indian state of Uttarakhand. It is a destination for pilgrimage and for devotees of Lord Shiva, one of the leading Hindu deities. A famous ghat on the banks of the Ganges, where pilgrims come for bathing, is the city’s major landmark. As one of the holiest Hindu cities in India, the sale of meat and alcohol nearby holy places is strictly forbidden. The area surrounding the city is home to a growing production industry. Government financial and other incentives, advanced infrastructure and a reliable power supply has attracted a range of companies from a variety of sectors to the area. Fresh Pet Pvt. Ltd. May 7, 2019 We met: Mr Sachin Bharti, Managing Director The attractive economic framework and the peaceful environment were the main reasons why Sachin Bharti and his father chose the SIDCUL (State Infrastructure and Industrial Development Corporation of Uttarakhand Ltd) Integrated Industrial Estate, IIE Haridwar, as the location for its first preform manufacturing site. Fresh Pet Pvt. Ltd was born in 2009. Founder Mr. Sachin Bharti and Mr. Ankur Mehta continue to manage Fresh Pet today. The company started supplying PepsiCo with preforms from its foundation and, while Pepsi remains its largest client, Bisleri, Kingfisher and Frooti are important customers as well. Fresh Pet supplies customers across India, with most product destined for deliveries within a 700 km radius of the factory. Sachin Bharti (left) with Michael Maruschke Tour Sponsors: Sachin Bharti in front of his Husky HyPET 225 Broad preform range Fresh Pet’s primary focus continues to be the production of premium quality preforms. Its current range extends to preforms for bottling water, non-alcoholic beverages, fruit juices, pulps, concentrates, soft drinks and sodas. The company operates two 48-cavity Husky HyPET 225 injection moulding machines, which can be equipped with advanced generation Husky moulds. Current capacity is 4,500-5,000 t/a; it is accredited to ISO 22000:2011 food safety. www.freshpet.in","@ID":47}

"PACKAGING / PALLETISING PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 05/20    petpla.net 14 Paper carrier bags, reusable glass bottles, and organic produce bags: are these viable packaging alternatives or ecological nonsense? The supermarket check As consumers, we have an ambivalent attitude towards packaging: on the one hand, we appreciate the convenience of a comprehensive local supply with food and goods of all kinds, but on the other hand, looking at the mountains of waste associated with this convenience sets the alarm bells in our ecological conscience ringing. Even though the impact on the environment can be minimised with a number of measures – short transport routes, recycling of cardboard, plastics, and glass, refillable instead of single-use containers – a world without packaging is unrealistic. To prevent food from perishing and thus avoid unnecessary waste, it must be adequately protected from external influences such as moisture, heat, and sunlight during transport and storage. The packaging of food is therefore largely without alternative. Our much-cited common sense tells us that we need to choose the right kind of packaging for each product: namely the one that sufficiently protects the contents while leaving the smallest possible ecological footprint. This is where an important consideration that is currently gaining in popularity comes into play: design for recycling. In choosing and designing their packaging, companies now have a range of resources at their disposal, from design guidelines to internet platforms (e.g., RecyClass, RecyclingCompass), which help manufacturers to put their packaging through its paces. A good example of such a tool is the Circular Packaging Design Guideline of the University of Applied Sciences of Vienna “FH Campus Wien”, which provides recommendations for designing recyclable packaging. These essentially cover the materials plastics, paper, glass, tinplate, and aluminium; design examples for, e.g., aluminium cans or HDPE bottles give a good impression of how a complete, recyclable packaging could look like. Supermarkets: getting rid of plastic? For a while now, the retail sector has been aware of the need for sustainable packaging solutions. Austrian supermarket chains for example proudly present their strategies for greater sustainability, from organic bags and reusable nets up to carrier bags made of jute. It is striking that a large part of these measures is directed against the material plastic. While Spar limits its campaign to “saving plastics together”, the Rewe Group is taking a more aggressive approach with “getting rid of plastic”. It almost appears as if merely dispensing with plastics was considered a guarantee for greater sustainability. Admittedly: plastics have an image problem. The media are full of pictures of polluted beaches, reports about the littering of the seas with plastic products and debates about the effects of microplastic on the human digestive system. But the problem is not plastic, it’s what we do with it, as rightly stated in the UN strategy for single-use plastics. As with all other materials, the specific purpose for which the plastic is used determines the sense and sustainability of plastic packaging. So how sustainable are the measures of local supermarket chains in reality? In the following, three of these measures will be examined in more detail: the banning of single-use plastic carrier bags, the expansion of the range of refillable glass bottles at the expense of PET bottles as well as the shift from conventional plastic produce bags to various alternatives. Carrier bags – even common sense can be misleading It’s a fact that the ban on singleuse plastic carrier bags is not something that the supermarket chains came up with, but a direct consequence of EU directive 2015/720, which aims to drastically reduce the per capita consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags. As a reason, the EU directive states that the disposal of plastic carrier bags causes environmental pollution such as the accumulation of waste in bodies of water. Even though plastic bags constitute only a small part of marine waste, waste prevention is definitely a good thing, provided that the right measures are taken. On the positive side, supermarkets generally call for waste avoidance and PACKAGING","@ID":16}]}}