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"BOTTLING / FILLING PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net 44 PET aseptic filling technology in big health era With the diversification of consumer’s demand about healthy drinks, beverages are also rapidly updated all the way, and it takes individual needs and more difficult technical challenges to aspect packaging technology. Since the first generation of aseptic filling technology, Newamstar’s aseptic filling technology has been continuously upgraded and has released seventh generations of aseptic filling technology to the market. It has achieved a leap in capacity of production line, expands of the application field continually, and kept pace of the sterilisation technology for aseptic filling beverages with the times, and has been updated. In addition, a lot of improvement has been made in energy saving and consumption reduction, and environmental protection of the equipment: The basic energy consumption required for aseptic startup, the early aseptic filling production lines required the coordination of multiple chemicals to reach the aseptic environment, and the production process also required a large number of chemicals to maintain the stability of the aseptic environment continuously. One method of dry aseptic technology introduced by Newamstar is to use atomised hydrogen peroxide instead of peracetic acid for sterilisation, which greatly saves the amount of chemicals used and solves the problem of residual disinfection solution. The other method is to use the electron beam physical sterilisation method, which replaces the use of chemicals to realise no chemical residues, and to be more environmental-friendly. Newamstar’s dry aseptic technology has sustainable technology models and concepts. Newamstar’s PET aseptic filling technology can be used for different packaging forms and different packaging specifications, while enriching product diversity. In order to meet customers’ requirements for quickly switching product specifications, Newamstar relies on combining the blowing-filling-spinning machine technology, a variety of materials compatible filling technology, and multispecification PET bottle rotary blowing technology. In the blowing unit, the quick change function of the mould can be easily realised. The fastest mould replacement time for a single cavity can be controlled at 75 seconds. Operators only need to adjust the star wheel when changing for different bottle types. In the filling unit, when changing different bottles, operators only need to adjust the star wheel, which is fast and convenient. It has also developed filling clips that are compatible with different bottle mouths, which is suitable for the online conversion of multiple bottle mouth products in the future. In the capping unit, personalised products can be applied in the capping systems, and can match the corresponding cap torque according to different specifications of the bottle cap. At the moment Newamstar said, that it is further building a flexible production unit with the function of switching various bottle types and various products online, achieving the spectacular situation of “one production line at a hand, all in the hand”. www.en.newamstar.com","@ID":46},

"8 NEWS PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net Amcor joins U.S. plastics pact to advance circular economy goals in the United States Amcor announced it has joined the U.S. Plastics Pact, a collaborative, solutions-driven initiative to create a path forward to a circular economy for plastics in the United States by 2025. The U.S. Plastics Pact is focused on four ambitious goals intended to drive significant systems change by unifying diverse cross-sector approaches, setting a national strategy, and creating scalable solutions. The first North American Pact of its kind, the U.S. Plastics Pact is a collaboration led by The Recycling Partnership, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The U.S. pact convenes more than more than 60 brands, retailers, NGOs, and government agencies across the plastics value chain to bring one voice to U.S. packaging through coordinated initiatives and innovative solutions for rethinking products, packaging, and business models. As a founding member of the U.S. Plastics Pact, Amcor has agreed to collectively deliver against four ambitious goals by 2025: 1) Define a list of packaging to be designated as problematic or unnecessary by 2021 and take measures to eliminate them by 2025. 2) All plastic packaging to be 100% reusable, recyclable, or compostable. 3) Undertake ambitious actions to effectively recycle or compost 50% of plastic packaging. 4) The average recycled content or responsibly sourced biobased content in plastic packaging to be 30%. While the U.S. pact is complementary to and follows the ambitious precedents set by the existing global network of plastic pacts, it will be tailored to meet the unique needs and challenges of the U.S. market. Amcor believes there will always be a role for responsible packaging that offers differentiated functionality while minimising waste in the environment. A responsible packaging system will require innovative packaging design, improvements to waste management infrastructure and increased consumer participation. Amcor is making progress towards its commitment to develop all its packaging to be recyclable or reusable by 2025, significantly increase use of recycled materials, and drive greater recycling of packaging around the world. www.amcor.com 15 year anniversary and ambitious goals Turkish mould supplier Petka has been celebrating its 15th anniversary in September. The journey started in 2005 when entrepreneurs who had many years of experience came together to establish a company to specialise in the production of preform moulds, PET blowing moulds and their spare parts. Now, at the end of its fifteenth year, Petka is collaborating with the largest companies in the sector; the company has 115 employees, and exports 80% of its products to 58 different countries. Going forward, the company intends to take a much broader perspective with its vision, namely, “To become one of the top 3 preferred and reliable mould suppliers for the global PET industry.” A significant success was taking part in the launching of the first 2.5 l NHF PET bottle in the world. The first 56 g NHF preform mould was produced by Petka for this project. Another challenge successfully accomplished by Petka this year is being able to supply its clients with a number of different solutions: Apart from new moulds production, Petka has also carried out 96 and 128 cavities hot runner refurbishments for customers’ moulds. Petka states it has always made sure not only to meet the needs of its customers, but also to orient and guide them towards optimum solutions and to the most effective and effi - cient results. In order to meet the expectations of its clients, Petka offers its after-sales services that aim to receive and manage queries and comments, ensure the repair of moulds, and solve installation problems and assist in technical issues. www.petkamold.com All4Pack announced postponement to 2022 of its 2020 edition In view of the current public health trend and more broadly the development of the coronavirus crisis and its consequences and given that many companies have begun to reintroduce travel restrictions, All4Pack has been rescheduled to November 2022. The show was originally planned to take place November 23-26, 2020 in Paris, France. www.all4pack.com","@ID":10},

"EDITOUR 19 PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21 recent years with around 2% sales growth on an average of 433 million litres. Here, growth of 1.6% in drinks cartons has recently been noted, while PET lost around three quarters of a percent. Things look very different for water: in the same period, sales in item numbers rose by almost 17% from 942 million to 1.100 billion. Particularly in the Nutrients long-term study, the annual per head volume sales moved drastically from almost 6 l in 1997 to around 48 l in 2018, with a sharper increase from 2012. PET has yielded a significant share of growth related to packaging at 18%; in 2019, the sales share of PET water bottles was 974 million units but without a notable change in sales in litres (average 737 million litres). This can be attributed to increasing interest in smaller containers and is all under caveat, since the statements from the research platform Ibis World, deviate from the growth figures. While Euromonitor measured a sales increase rate of around 6% in the 2018 to 2019 period, ABCL and Ibis World are assuming growth of below 1% and, because of the pandemic, even lower. The reality will lie somewhere in between, but there is significant uncertainty in the picture. Taking into consideration any effects of the coronavirus, the 2020 sales of non-alcoholic drinks with soft drinks at their core should be a little over US$13.5 billion and should grow by 2025 to US$17 billion, according to Statista. There is (still) no market for PET for alcoholic drinks like beer and spirits. ABCL’s CEO Mr Geoff Parker anticipates  a Covid19-related downturn in small water bottles because of the restrictions for outdoor events, while panic-buying of water bottles in supermarkets would increase. “Broadly, there is a high degree of uncertainty in the landscape caused by Covid-19 and the challenges that pervade”, explained Mr Parker, speaking of the entire sector. “Despite an increase in at-home food consumption, consumers are likely to shift to cheaper alternatives, such as privatelabel drinks, due to declining discretionary income resulting from Covid-19. This is likely to reduce profit margins for industry players.” In line with the changes, there is also an expectation that drinks producers will rethink their processes, also with regard to supporting suppliers and logistics. “The industry’s supply chain is diverse, from local and imported ingredients to R&D laboratories, transportation, logistics, materials handling, plant and equipment, and much more. As we convey to governments the importance of drinks manufacturing, we are also emphasising the end-to-end supply chain that is critical to supporting core operations. The industry relies on quality Australian produce and expertise right across the supply chain,” says Parker. As in other countries, irregular purchasing behav-","@ID":21},

"INSPECTION 48 PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net Ensuring bottled beverage shelf-life Oxygen transmission rate testing by Michelle Stevens, technical expert in the barrier packaging industry, Systech Illinois, brand of Industrial Physics As the beverage industry experiences increased focus on health and wellness products, demand for oxygen transmission rate measurement of bottles has compounded. Many of the new products are diverging from traditional carbonated soft drink recipes to include fruit juices, vitamins, minerals, and other oxygen sensitive ingredients. Traditional methods for determining a bottle’s shelf-life are no longer adequate, if even relevant. O2 ingress resulting in ingredient deficiency, rancidity and/or off-flavours is quickly becoming the limiting factor in beverage bottle shelf-life. Oxygen transmission rate (OTR) testing of the entire bottle as well as the components is now required in both research and development and quality assurance / quality control scenarios. Oxygen transmission greatly influences the shelf-life of a beverage as the ingress of oxygen can rob the product of flavour, colour, taste, and nutrition. Oxygen can also cause adverse reactions in oxygen-sensitive ingredients found in many health and wellness beverages. By measuring the rate at which O2 transmits through the package material, one can begin to determine the shelf-life or amount of time the unopened package will still provide ‘good’ product. Oxygen transmission rate testing for R&D and component testing Oxygen transmission rate testing is crucial in both the bottle design/R&D phase as well as QA/QC phase. Bottles are tested for OTR by challenging the outside of the bottle with oxygen (typically either 21% [room air] or 100%) and sweeping the inside with a nitrogen carrier gas. Molecules of O2 that permeate the bottle are picked up by the N2 carrier gas and analysed at a detector. The concentration of O2 at the sensor is translated to an OTR with typical units of cc/day, which corresponds to the amount of oxygen entering the entire bottle in one day. From bottle design to QA/QC, a variety of OTR testing variations may be used. In the development phase, materials are tested as flat films. Based on OTR performance and a host of other factors, top-ranking candidate materials are formed into bottles. It is crucial to test the OTR of each candidate again as a bottle because processing conditions, thickness variations and other factors can alter the predicted OTR value of the finished product. Because oxygen ingress is not limited to just the bottle, the closure system must also be evaluated for OTR. Finally, the entire bottle and closure system can be tested as a complete, finished package.","@ID":50},

"BOTTLING / FILLING PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net 42 Ugandan Rwenzori Bottling Company invests in new PET line for bottled water High climbers When the Rwenzori Bottling Company began operations in 1993, bottled water was a relatively new and unknown product to many people in Africa. Things have changed a lot since then: the sale of bottled water has literally skyrocketed throughout Uganda, and even today annual growth rates are still at 10% and more. As a consequence, the bottling company had to invest in expansion. KHS was awarded the contract for the new PET line. At 5,109m above sea level Margherita Peak in the Rwenzori Mountains in north-western Uganda is Africa’s third-highest mountain. Despite its location right on the equator the surrounding peaks are glaciated – still. The region, a particularly lush and species-rich habitat for African flora and fauna, was declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 1994 for its ecological significance. Up to 3,000mm/m2 of rain falls here every year to form many rivers, some of which are tributaries of the White Nile. Water – a growth product One of Uganda’s largest mineral water brands was named Rwenzori and depicts the mountain range on its logo. The product is bottled nearly 300 km from Margherita Peak in Namanve in the greater Kampala area of the Ugandan capital. When the Rwenzori Bottling Company began operations in 1993, it faced the challenge that bottled water was still a relatively new and unknown product to many people in Africa. This has changed a lot since then: the sale of bottled water has literally skyrocketed throughout Uganda, especially in urban centres – and even today annual growth rates are still at 10% and more. This development has been precipitated by the growing awareness that this water is safer to drink than tap water and better in quality. This is a claim Rwenzori makes in particular regarding its Pure Natural Mineral Water product: predominately middle- and upper-class consumers value this still water highly which they find compelling with its good taste, balanced mineral content and bacteriological purity. They are also willing to pay a higher price, which is around 30% more than that of the competition. Accordingly, the expectations regarding the packaging of this premium product bottled in PET are high. Rwenzori even makes its own bottle caps. Exploiting potential In 2014 the Rwenzori Bottling Company was acquired by Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA) which operates in South and East Africa. Part of the new strategy is to locally integrate well-known mineral water brands into their own group in order to develop them further. Targeted marketing measures can effectively exploit the growth potential – in addition to Uganda this is already happening in Kenya, Ghana and Ethiopia. Rwenzori also has plans for further growth of its water brand which already has gained an approximately 65% share of the Ugandan market. However, there is no more space available for a new production line at the main plant where three smaller bottling lines are in operation. Instead, operations are to be expanded on the site belonging to CCBA subsidiary Century Bottling Company just a few hundred metres away. The group is The Innofill PET NV blocked with a stretch blow moulder is the first filler for still water that CCBA has procured in Uganda. When the Rwenzori Bottling Company began operations in 1993, bottled water was a relatively unknown product to many people in Africa.","@ID":44},

"EDITOUR PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net 18 Freedom Index, which measures trade and investment freedom, the rule of law and the bureaucracy involved in setting up a company. As in Australia, the services sector in New Zealand forms the backbone of the economy with over 70% of GDP in 2017. In 2019, almost 75% of the workforce worked in this sector. Here too, an ever-growing proportion falls to the tourism sector, which in 2017/18 made up over 10% of the services sector when including its indirect consequences. Fundamental to international trade are agriculture and forestry, as well as the manufacturing industry, which is made up of medium-sized companies. Local engineering and plant manufacturing, mostly specialising in niche areas, play an important role here and amount to almost 18%. Overall, more than 70% of all visible exports are agricultural and forestry products such as food. In 2018, this first sector made up just under 6% of GDP, with the manufacturing industry, including food, making up just under 10%. In 2018, the top exports at over 25% were milk and dairy products. Expansions and investments in the food industry have been increasing sharply for years and have made New Zealand into the largest exporter worldwide of milk and dairy products. Food from the country is regarded internationally as a premium product and prices are accordingly high. Fruit and vegetable cultivation should increase in coming years with increasing productive land and will influence the export business. The coronavirus effect Now, because of Covid-19, everything is and will be completely different. Currently in Australia, a collapse in economic performance is being seen, thought to be of 5%, after decades of economic growth. Losses are particularly tangible in the aforementioned raw materials export business, in the tourism sector and in the field of education, which depends heavily on foreign students. Private investments are set to decline by more than 20%; planned projects not relating to federal transport infrastructure measures will be and have already been postponed. Likewise, a decline in skilled immigration of over 80% compared to 2018/2019 is predicted. Including those not officially registered as looking for work, unemployment is estimated to be just under 10% with this trend increasing over the rest of the year. The state is meanwhile attempting to increase purchasing power with salary and unemployment subsidies. The case numbers in Australia recently led to the government toughening its measures and imposing a lockdown in Melbourne. In New Zealand too, an enormous economic downturn is expected, even though the pandemic is under good control there. For 2020/21, various banks and economists are expecting a downturn of 4.6% to 7% of GDP in real terms and an increase in national debt, which was around 20% in 2019, to 54% of GDP by 2023/24. The country has established comprehensive economic stimulus packages, around US $ 40 billion, to boost the economy. Unemployment could last longer and only fall to between 6% and 7%. Meanwhile, the coronavirus seems to have returned to New Zealand after the country had been virus-free for a longer period. Australia unit volume sales, all pack types (retail/off-trade unit volume in million) New Zealand unit volume sales, all pack types (retail/off-trade unit volume in million) Source: Market Research Company Euromonitor International The drinks world, non-food and PET Australia’s drinks industry has been dominated for over ten years by two production giants, Coca-Cola Amatil and Asahi. In 2020, the two companies together hold over 50% of the market with around 40% going to Coca-Cola and 15% to Asahi. Behind them are Tru Blu Beverages, Bundaberg Brewed Drinks and Nexba. In the past few years, the country has seen a significant trend away from sugar-sweetened soft drinks. This downturn follows the worldwide demand for low- and no-sugar drink alternatives. When looking at carbonated and non-carbonated soft drinks, the trend does not change visibly in terms of the general sales figures, and this can be explained by a trend-based shift of drink types within the sector. Where sugar-sweetened drinks are losing sales, consumers are now reaching more frequently for functional, sports, diet or sugar-free drinks, so that the absolute sales figures for PET, glass and can packaging are changing only marginally. A long-term study, which was financed by a grant from the Australian Beverages Council Limited (ABCL) appeared in early April in Nutrients, the specialist journal of the Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI), shows an increase in sales volume for non-alcoholic drinks from 131 l per head to 149 l per head in the period from 1997 to 2018, when the sales of sugar-sweetened drinks fell from 83 l to 61 l and of non-sugar drinks rose from 48 l to 88 l. A significant role was played here by sugarsweetened CSDs, the consumption of which fell by around 41% per head from 76 l to 45 l. Energy drinks, sports drinks and iced tea have increased over the years within sugar-sweetened drinks. Australia relies on drinks cans for carbonates and consumer purchases remain consistently steady. Carbonates are found more than twice as frequently in cans as in PET bottles. According to Euromonitor, can sales increased in the 2017-2019 period by around 1%, while PET bottle sales fell by almost 2.5%. According to Statista, consumption in this period remained at a constant level of 3.5 billion litres. Juices have also remained stable over","@ID":20},

"7 NEWS PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20 German Packaging Award 2020 – Krones wins in the “Sustainability” category With the “3 Circles” bottle, all of the individual elements and the entire lifecycle were designed to be sustainable. It is made out of 100% recycled PET and it can be completely recycled again after use. Instead of having a label which is normally unable to be recycled, the bottle was decorated using a digital direct print. The inks used here dissolve in the recycling process without leaving any residues, meaning that the bottle material can be used once again for food packaging in the subsequent lifecycles without loss. A tethered cap was selected as the closure. This cap remains firmly attached to the body of the bottle after opening and thus meets the requirements of EU directive 2019/904. The leitmotif of “sustainability” is also reflected in the artwork displayed on the bottle print and – in a slightly more subtle manner – in the design of the bottle body. For the globally recognised recycling icon provided the inspiration for the idea of the tripodal base. The same rings true for the shoulder area which is the shape of three rounded-off triangular areas and which generates a connection between the bottle neck and body area which is unusual for PET bottles, but which remains harmonious. The technologies for the production, decoration and recycling of the bottle are already available at Krones and Dekron as standard products. The recycled starting material, the specially designed preform, and the container and its decoration with environmentally friendly ink are all produced in-house “3 Circles“ is thus a marketable all-round concept for the sustainable packaging of beverages for commercial use in the beverage industry. The internationally advertised German Packaging Prize is sponsored by the Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy and is viewed as being Europe’s greatest showcase of performance in thefield of packaging. According to the German Packaging Institute, the variety of submissions was the greatest ever and the quality of innovations was at a very high level. The competition is open to companies, individuals and institutions, both domestic and abroad. The submitted entries are assessed by an independent jury. The 22 members originate from the industrial, trade, branded product and research sectors. www.krones.com","@ID":9},

"CAPS & CLOSURES 38 PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net latter-stage development with those that are worth taking through. Getting it to work has been difficult; we’ve been through numerous iterations. There’s subtlety not just in the design but in the way it is moulded, as well. In a way, we’re back where we were 15 years ago – replacing liners in CSD bottles, as we did with CocaCola.” Yes, UCL were the innovators then, too. Its familiarity with this path is an asset to the new segments it is entering and the companies that are operating in them. Meeting the challenge of new legislation A big change that will be affecting all beverage bottlers, initially in the EU and, thereafter, probably across the world, is tethered caps. One of the main reasons for requiring them is environmental, which is by now a very familiar motivation but that does not make things easy; the design and development challenges are signifi - cant. While there are already some basic compliant designs available, which meet the test for ‘break force’, there is plenty of room for development. Does the tether allow the cap to fold back 180 degrees and get out of the way of the consumer’s mouth when drinking direct from the bottle? Does it interfere with pouring? How is moulding affected? What is the best way of ensuring secure sealing with a solution that is designed to hinge up and out? Will meeting the new requirements inevitably mean higher caps and thus taller neck finishes? “We have been working really closely with the Coca-Cola project team on tackling these challenges, as have all of our competitors,” said Mark. “The only mandatory requirement at this time is the break force; if it wasn’t specified, in the extreme anyone could develop a closure with a tether like a human hair. Everything else comes from that, in terms of the opening angle, the clearance, the drinking surface and whether or not it stays attached, over whatever number of cycles: all that is product requirement. The brands define what they require from the product.” Product requirements include – indeed, are led by – consumer experience but that is ultimately defined by a design that will ensure adequate drinking surface clearance. The area between the closed cap and fully opened but still tethered is what Mark has called the ‘dead zone’. There is also the requirement to recognise financial constraints on investment by bottlers and converters. The ideal solution would be a 180-degree opening tethered cap that can be produced by existing moulds and equipment, retrofitted; the reality is that retrofitting may not produce the ultimate solution. Modifying the mould “In order to meet the requirements and standards of the leading brands, retrofitting starts to come off the table. This is more like a new design. It’s not vastly different in appearance but we’ve got to start doing things in the cavity, whereas before we kept it all in the splits,” he explained. “So, we now have a solution, which is an advance on our standard offering, whereby the closure lifts away, hinges over and locks back.” The good news is: UCL is remaining true to its tradition of taking material out, wherever it can. “The industry is gradually moving away from 1881 with a short neck replacement. This will be in the form of GME30.37 and GME 30.40,” he continued. “UCL has brand new tethering technology for both these finishes in development, which will be ready for trials later this year. These technologies have been designed so they can be transplanted into a wide range of closure sizes and types from UCL’s 15-year catalogue.” This sounds like very positive news for bottlers and converters. Retooling is inevitable and standard with routine upgrades but the tethering solutions will not require wholesale reinvestment. There is also good news for the growing sports drinks and on-the-go water markets. “UCL is in advanced development stages of a flip-top 2925 Tethered Water Closure, which features our high performance self-hold hinge technology,” Mark announced. “This solution has the key attribute of being compatible with existing and standard 2925 threaded finishes.” Even as it spreads its influence and expands activities into new markets, UCL retains the best of its history and legacy, while innovating to enable clients to maintain and improve their competitive edge. www.universalclosures.com","@ID":40},

"MARKET SURVEY 32 PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net Inspection Company name IMD Ltd. Postal address Telephone number Web site address Contact name Function Direct telephone number E-Mail Industriestrasse 37A, 2555 Brügg BE, Switzerland +41 32 366 80 66 www.imdvista.ch Mr Martin Gerber Sales Director (CSO) +41 32 366 80 66 m.gerber@imdvista.ch Inspection system IMDvista Closure Vision Inspection Standard Closure Inspection Line IMDvista CLCO OEM Closure Vision Inspection IMDvista SPIX Pinhole Detection System IMDvista SDL Slitting & Folding System IMDvista CLDP Closure Digital Print System IMDvista Neuron (AI) artificial intelligence software feature Inspection speed Up to 4,000ppmin / 240,000pph Up to 4,000ppmin / 240,000pph Up to 4,000ppmin/ 240,000pph Up to 2,000ppmin/ 120,000pph Up to 1,500ppmin/ 90,000pph Inspection method Non-destructive in- or offline solution as a downstream solution out of one hand - from undermould conveyor (UMC) to cooling conveyor (CCS) in the feeding system (WFS) up to the vision inspection (CLCO) and packaging station (BS). Integrated as OEM systems in any kind of machine; see IMDvista CLCO OEM Integrated in any kind of external OEM systems such as assembly machines, folding- and slitting machines, robot-systems, labelling machines, etc. Non-destructive inline solution as a complete downstream solution out of one hand. New high voltage source with password protection. Slitting & folding, inspection and complete downstream equipment for closure production, complete slitting & folding system solution incl. inspection system A complete solution for digital closure printing in outstanding print quality (up to 720dpi) with integrated inspection system Special made for hinges on tethered closures Inspected objects One piece closures, assembled closures, doy pack closures, oil closures, sport caps, aluminium (longskirt) closures, rubber parts, coffee cups, coffee filters, shampoo closures, medical closures, lens containers, pouches, food containers One piece closures, assembled closures, doy pack closures, oil closures, sport caps, aluminium (longskirt) closures, rubber parts, coffee cups, coffee filters, shampoo closures, medical closures, lens container, pouches, food containers One piece closures, assembled closures, doy pack closures, oil closures, sport caps, coffe cups, shampoo closures, medical closures, food containers One piece closures, assembled closures, oil closures, sport caps, shampoo closures, medical closures Various closure upon request Any kind of tethered closures or similar symmetrical parts Inspected parameters: -Inner inspection Short shots, overfill and flashes, contamination, seal defects, colour and colour changes, deformations, diameter and ovality laser marking inspection Short shots, overfill and flashes, contamination, seal defects, colour and colour changes, deformations, diameter and ovality laser marking inspection Short shots, overfill and flashes, contamination, seal defects, colour and colour changes, deformations, diameter and ovality laser marking inspection 360° outside view, hinge defects, defects on tethered closures -Outer inspection 360° outside view, colour and colour changes, contamination, height measurement 360° outside view, colour and colour changes, contamination, height measurement 360° outside view, colour and colour changes, contamination, height measurement -Geometry Geometry measurements upon request Geometry measurements upon request Geometry measurements upon request -Cavity number reading Easy teach in function, cavity recognition, cavity related statistics, cavity related alarm Easy teach in function, cavity recognition, cavity related statistics, cavity related alarm Easy teach in function, cavity recognition, cavity related statistics, cavity related alarm -Microhole inspection Upon request - see IMDvista SPIX pinhole detection system Inline at your production speed -Additional inspection criteria for inserts Upon request Further inspection options IMDvista CLDP closure digital print system, IMDvista SDL slitting & folding system, IMDvista BTIX barrier testing system - closure barrier inspection system Complete closure Inspection after slitting and folding Print inspection directly integrated in the digital closure printing system Colour Camera: IMD uses only colour cameras IMD uses only colour cameras IMD uses only colour cameras IMD uses only colour cameras IMD uses only colour cameras Installation: · Stand-alone (offline) Flexible inline or offline Flexible inline or offline Flexible inline or offline · Inline Flexible inline or offline Flexible inline or offline Flexible inline or offline Software features: IMDvista V5 VCC - Vision Control Center with newest software technology; IMDvista Portal, connects all system on one central data base (HMI for fast and transparent production overview) IMDvista Portal, connects all system on one central data base (HMI for fast and transparent production overview) IMDvista V5 VCC - Vision Control Center with newest  software technology; IMDvista Portal, connects all system on one central data base (HMI for fast and transparent production overview) IMDvista Neuron (AI) artificial intelligence software solution","@ID":34},

"51 PRODUCTS PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net PETproducts Agr introduces the Gawis 4D high-precision laboratory thickness & dimensional measurement system for plastic containers and preforms The Gawis 4D is two systems in one; a thickness measurement system, and a dimensional gauging device. Built upon a new measurement platform, this system incorporates a number of advanced features and capabilities that are designed to simplify testing and maximise throughput including:  Large, customisable and intuitive user interface with swipe and zoom capabilities  Powerful yet simple job creation and editing tools incorporating AutoJob - automated job setup  Precise finish gauging and body measurement capabilities utilising high resolution, USB 3 camera technology, optimised lensing and telecentric optics with 360º imaging  Comprehensive, non-destructive thickness measurement compatible with PET and a wide range of polymers  Performance to ISBT, ASTM and equivalent international standards  Industry 4.0 communication protocols Vision technology for precise dimensional gauging A major design emphasis for 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 crisp edge shadow, making it possible to achieve the high dimensional precision and repeatability as well as a low percent 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 large library of industry standard finish measurement routines is provided with each system that are each customisable to meet the needs of the application. Simplified job setup with AutoJob Agr has developed AutoJob, a patent pending feature on the Gawis 4D that 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 greatly accelerates job creation, saving labor hours through the course of a year. Thickness technology Thickness measurement in the Gawis 4D utilises two approaches. For translucent materials, the Gawis 4D incorporates an all-new, patent pending Integrative Thickness Measurement method. This method takes advantage of the full IR bandwidth and expands the capabilities of the system to provide measurements on translucent plastic materials that were previously not possible with non-contact measurement. With this capability, most HDPE, PP, PE and heavily coloured PET containers that have IR light transmission as low as 5% can now be measured. For PET bottles, preforms and most transparent materials, the system incorporates Agr’s traditional IR reference/absorption thickness measurement technology. Regardless of the methodology, Gawis 4D offers a means to perform measurements that are fast and precise with un-matched repeatability. This system offers a wide range of measurement options including thickness at single or multiple discrete points anywhere on the sidewall or heel of the bottle or the ability to perform complete vertical or horizontal (circumferential) scans for analysing material distribution. 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 advanced communication with other devices, to share data, support remote job change and interface with factory robotic handling systems without operator intervention. www.agrintl.com In addition to discrete measurements, the Gawis 4D can perform horizontal or vertical scans of the bottle/preform for analysing material distribution.","@ID":53},

"MOULD MAKING PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net 22 OH Xtract – Maintenance interval cut from five hours to one Removing dust where it arises Otto Hofstetter AG is offering a new, integrated dust-evacuation solution. OH Xtract is a unique system that removes the PET dust particles directly in the hot runner, so that their spreading in both mould and machine is clearly reduced. The result is a four times longer maintenance interval, i.e. a considerable increase in production time. The prime objective of the engineers and designers of Otto Hofstetter AG is to achieve the maximum possible efficiency in manufactured moulds. It is not unusual to find many production plants of Otto Hofstetter AG customers around the world working at performance levels of more than 95%. The company’s R&D team has made yet another innovation available. OH Xtract is a specific dust evacuation for moulds used in the production of PET preforms. It is integrated directly in the mould and can be individually controlled by a timer, which makes resource-saving use possible. OH Xtract developed by the engineers of Otto Hofstetter AG acts where the dust particles are generated: in the hot runner. Thanks to extra vent bores in the head plate and an ingenious suction system, the dust can be removed or minimised before it accumulates inside the hot runner. As a side effect, the dust does not spread to other parts of the mould or machine.  This positive effect has been confirmed in comprehensive tests in full capacity production. Almost four times less maintenance The integrated dust evacuation of Otto Hofstetter AG means that a much higher number of cycles can be performed before the equipment needs cleaning. The concrete figures show how efficiently the system works. In the test run, production had to be interrupted for hot runner maintenance only after 10 million shots. This means that OH Xtract allowed production to run for 144 hours longer before a production stop for maintenance was required. On a 96-cavity mould with a 6s cycle time, this would result in 8,294,400 more preforms being produced during the same period. Savings The new development from Switzerland also allows for significant savings to be made. If multiplying the 144 hours that would be required for maintenance work by the industry standard costs of EUR 800 per hour of system downtime, the potential savings created by OH Xtract within the first 10 million cycles amount to EUR 115,200, as the company demonstrates. www.otto-hofstetter.swiss MOULD MAKING Maintenance interval with OH Xtract after 10 million cycles Maintenance interval without OH Xtract after 2 million cycles Dimensional and thickness measurements for plastic containers and preforms. • Repeatable • Accurate • Precise • Fast GAWiSD +1.724.482.2163 AGRINTL.COM SEE GAWIS4D IN ACTION","@ID":24},

"MAINTENANCE 27 PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21 unscramblers (as are commonly used in the USA) needs more installation time. The units are mostly used as stand-alone systems: the interference with the available PET conveying control system from the OEM is limited to our recommended reduction of the fan blowing power (fans do supply the air flow in the air duct and are typically positioned every 10m along the air conveyor). This will result in up to 40% reduction of energy consumption. PETplanet: Mr Turck, some big players of the food and beverage industry already work with your systems since many years. What has been your benefit of working with them? Turck: The successes accomplished at the big players facilitate CHP to expand internationally:  the subsidiaries or franchising companies of the big accounts are encouraged to work with CHP  as CHP is gaining recognition in the international market, the reference to the big players facilitates taking the first hurdle in the sales process to more local operating bottling companies. Improvements on the technology are mostly triggered by feedback of the end users as well as recommendations from the major OEM’s building full-integrated bottling lines. PETplanet: Mr Turck, where do you see potential market trends for your technology now and in the future? Turck: “Reducing Operating Costs”, “Increasing Sustainability – reduce wastage of water ” and “Industry 4.0” appear to be the main drivers for the following years. CHP will secure its technical competitive advantage through further continuously focusing on improvements and new developments. We do more. KRONES Recycling Solutions #GermanBlingBling #KronesMetaPure CHP will also strengthen the focus on “unburdening” the customer by offering full-inclusive servicing contracts on our MicroDry systems, starting in Europe. PETplanet: Mr Turck, due to Covid-19 pandemic a lot of company decisions have to be re-thought. How does CHP deal with this special situation? Turck: Customers recognise the major benefits of the MicroDry technology that also result in low pay-back times of the accompanied investments; hence Covid-19 tends to delay the decision to invest rather than cancelling the outstanding and planned projects. PETplanet: Thanks you a lot for your statements. www.chplub.com/en","@ID":29},

"MARKET SURVEY 31 PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net 09/2020 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 All about caps! For the first time PETplanet decided to put all our surveys about caps & closures manufacturing together in one comprehensive overview - from mould maker, systems manufacturer, inspection systems provider to cap producer. Please find out about state of the art closure equipment. We thank all participants: Hodmeter, z-mould, Uner Plastik, Engel, Netstal (KM), Euro-Plast, IMD, Retal, Has Platik, Corvaglia, Alpla, Husky, Intravis and Sacmi. Although the publisher has made every effort to make sure that the information in this survey is up to date, no claims are made regarding accuracy and completeness. Systems Company name Engel Austria GmbH KraussMaffei HighPerformance AG Husky Injection Molding Systems Sacmi Imola S.C Postal address Telephone number Web site address Contact name Function Direct telephone number E-mail Ludwig-Engel-Straße 1, 4311 Schwertberg, Austria +43 50 620 0 www.engelglobal.com Mr Christoph Lhota Vice President Engel packaging +43 50 620 3400 christoph.lhota@engel.at Tschachenstrasse 1, 8752 Näfels, Switzerland +41 55 618 6111 www.kraussmaffei.com Mr Stefan Kleinfeld Product Manager stefan.kleinfeld@kraussmaffei.com 500 Queen St. S., Bolton ON, L7E 5S5, Canada +1 905 951 5000 www.husky.co Mr Michael White Director - Closures Business Development +1 416 892 7758 mwhite@husky.ca Via Selice Prov. Le 17/A, 40026 Imola (BO) - Italy +39 0542 60 7111 www.sacmi.com Mr Stefano Severi Sales Area Manaer +39 335 659 4236 Stefano.severi@sacmi.it Systems for cap/closure production Injection moulding machine Beverage (CSD, JSDT, water, etc…) Specialty (personal care, home care, edible oil) Model Engel e-cap Netstal Elion HyCAP System Hypersync System CCM24SC /CCM32CM / CCM48SD/ CCM64MC Procession technology Injection Moulding Machine (IMM) Injection achieved by a direct drive reciprocating screw (50mm | 60mm | 70mm) Injection achieved by a direct drive reciprocating screw (40mm | 50mm | 60mm | 70mm | 80mm | 95mm | 115mm) Compression Clamp force 2,200 - 4,200kN 1,200 - 4,200kN 225t, 300t, 400t, 500t 225t, 300t, 400t, 500t, 600t Not applicable Cycle time (guaranteed 98% closure system efficiency for): 2s (dry cycle times of 1.3s with the e-cap 380)  2s - High speed production: closure type/weight/cavities: caps/min 29/25 caps/1.3g/96 cavities/2,880 caps/min (e-cap 380, Plastisud mould. HDPE) 26/22;  0.8g;  96;  2,298 caps/min Varies depending upon cavitation Varies depending upon cavitation 29mm water/ 1.2g / 24 cavities: 1,000 caps/min, 28mm CSD/ 2g / 32 cavities: 980caps/ min, 29mm water/ 1.2g / 48 cavities: 2,000 caps/min, 28mm CSD/ 2.4g / 64 cavities: 1,600 caps/min - Individual cap solution: closure type/weight/cavities: caps/min PCO1881;  1.8g;  96;  1,596 caps/min Drive concept All-electric Electric and hybrid Electronic servo driven clamp Electronic servo driven clamp Electric / hydraulic Energy consumption (kwh/kg) 0.37kWh/kg (e-cap 380) 0.40 Application dependent. Among industry leaders. Application dependent.  Among industry leaders. Equal or more than 0.4kwh/h Preferred mould makers Corvaglia, z-moulds Husky Husky Sacmi Special features Smart operation Horn pin-less design; front mounted cavities; optimal thermal performance; intelligent features leveraging; mould ID (e.g. eject assist); intuitive operation via graphical based UI; Ultra Nozzle technology; balanced manifold design eIMC servo-driven in-mould closing technology; mould identification (ID) ready; mould alignment ready; optimal thermal performance; intuitive operation via graphical based UI; Ultra Nozzle technology; balanced manifold design Possibility to assemble only 12-32 moulds, inline quality control on all caps, cap weight adjustable from HMI, without mould change","@ID":33},

"BOTTLE MAKING 40 PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net Integrated design for ergonomics and cleanliness Unique handle for 5 gallon PET bottles Health concerns over BPA (bisphenol A) found in polycarbonate (PC), have resulted in a tendency to shift from PC to PET for 5-gallon returnable water cooler bottles. The main challenge for PET in this application has been the lack of secure and ergonomic handles to lift and carry the heavy bottles. Cypet Technologies has just unveiled its unique solution for a 5-gallon water cooler PET bottle with an integrated handle, solving the problem of having secure as well as ergonomic handles for PET bottles for this application. PC bottles can be extrusion blow moulded with a secure handle on the side. Although convenient for carrying the bottles, such extrusion blow moulded handles are hollow inside, and are therefore difficult to clean properly, which may lead to contamination and unhygienic water. Additionally, such handles make it difficult to lift up bottles from the floor, because one has to bend low to catch the handles, putting strain on the back. PET bottles are produced by stretch-blow-moulding, a process that cannot produce bottles with integrated handles. To solve this problem, a separately moulded handle needs to be assembled on the bottle, adding costs and recycling difficulties, as such a handle is usually moulded from a different material. A new solution developed by Cypet Technologies for a 5-gallon water cooler PET bottle features an integrated handle and claims to solve the problem of having secure as well as ergonomic handles for PET bottles. When developing the unique handles, Cypet’s design and development team focused in meeting the following criteria:  Hygienic – the handle does not interfere with the cleaning of the bottle inside.  Ergonomic – a slight bending of the knees is enough to reach the handle and lift the bottle, without straining the back.  Sustainable – easily recyclable, as the whole bottle with handle is made from PET that can be recycled back to food contact suitable material, for multiple re-use in a fully circular economy.  No risk of detaching – fully integrated handle and mechanically very strong. Cypet states that its single-stage patented injection-stretch-blowmoulding machines are the only ones currently capable of producing the specially designed handles. The 5-gallon bottles with the unique integrated handles can be produced on three different of their machine model range, depending on the output required. Machines with 1, 2 or 4 cavity production capabilities are offered, with the 4-cavity system being the most productive on the market for this application. In the table below Cypet summarises the characteristics of the different types of 5-gallon bottles with handles. www.cypet.eu 5-gallon bottle handle comparison (source: Cypet) PC handle PET Side handle PET neck handle Cypet handle BPA health risk yes no no no Hygiene difficult to clean good good good Handle ergonomics back strain back strain good good Risk if handle detaching no yes low no Recyclability good requires material seperation requires material seperation excellent Interference with cooler no no possible no Handle cost high high medium low Easy to carry: 5 gallon PET bottle with intergrated handle Fixing the gallon on the station","@ID":42},

"MARKET SURVEY 35 PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net Has Plastik San Tic A.S. corvaglia group Alpla Werke Alwin Lehner GmbH & Co KG Firuskoy Bulvari  No 50, 34325 Avcilar,  Istanbul, Turkey +90 212 695 50 00 www.hasplastik.com Mr Unal  Haspaylan Commercial Director +90 212 695 50 00 info@hasplastik.com Hörnlistrasse 14, 8360 Eschlikon, Switzerland +41 71 973 77 77 www.corvaglia.ch Mr Vaidotas Bucevicius Director Sales & Service +41 71 973 77 10 v.bucevicius@corvaglia.ch Mockenstraße 34, 6971 Hard, Austria +43 5574 602 0 www.alpla.com Ms Gabriele König Key Account Manager - Corporate Sales IM +43 5574 602 555 gabriele.koenig@alpla.com Yes, HDPE Yes, HDPE Yes, HDPE No No No CSD, water, juice, energy drinks, beer etc. CSD & carbonated bottled water, still bottled water (pressurised & non-pressurised), sensitive drinks (juices, teas, flavoured waters), sports & energy drinks, others (dairy, edible oil, …) CSD, water, juice and milk 26, 29-25, 30-25, 38, 48,1810, 1881, HOD neck (non standard solutions upon request ) Several standard finishes from 25 to 48mm, e.g. CETIE standard necks GME 30.21 to GME 30.26, GME 30.28 to GME 30.33, GME 30.36 to GME 30.40 PCO1881; PCO1810; 38mm 2-start (GME30.29); 38mm 3-start (GME30.25); 30/25H; 48mm; Glass (MCA 7,5R); SPI-Necks; 26mm 3 Start (GME30.28); 26mm 1 Start (GME30.37) Yes, and laser marking  (alfanumeric and QR code ) Yes Yes Yes, and engraved logo designs Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Tethered caps , flip top caps, lightest 1881 caps for high CSD, global technical service Closure manufacturing sites in Switzerland, Mexico, USA, corvaglia designed caps are available all around the world via partner network, tethered caps for carbonated and non-carbonated drinks according to requirements of EU Directive 2019/904 scheduled Tethered cap solutions for 1810, 1881, 38mm neck finishes; CRC caps; standard packaging for pharma applications; 2-chamber caps; bi-and multicomponent injection;  custom-made closures HOD caps for 5 gallon Digital printing capabilities installed in our production sites Uner Plastik AS corvaglia group Sacmi Imola S.C Gebze Plastikciler OSB 1.cad 11.Sok No.3 , Gebze 41400, Kocaeli, Turkey +90 262 751 34 00 www.uner.com.tr Dr. Cumhur Filik Sales and Marketing Director +90 530 265 0663 cf@uner.com.tr Hörnlistrasse 14, 8360 Eschlikon, Switzerland +41 71 973 77 77 www.corvaglia.ch Mr Albert Brunner Director Sales & Service +41 71 973 77 52 a.brunner@corvaglia.ch Via Selice Prov. Le 17/A, 40026 Imola (BO) - Italy +39 0542 60 7111 www.sacmi.com Mr Stefano Severi Sales Area Manaer +39 335 659 4236 stefano.severi@sacmi.it Mineral water, beverages, juices, dairy and for all other industrial solutions CSD & carbonated bottled water, still bottled water (pressurised & non-pressurised), sensitive drinks (juices, teas, flavored waters), sports & energy drinks, others (dairy, edible oil) still water CSD and sparkling water juice, RTD tea, isotonic, cold filled juice, RTD tea, isotonic, hot filled Coffee, beer, detergents, other contents/applications are possible upon request Dairy Pharma Food Individual cap solutions are possible upon request Moulded, slitted and tethered caps are available Flat top & sports closures for neck finishes from 25 - 48mm, e.g. all CETIE standard necks GME 30.21 to GME 30.40 flat top, from 25mm up to 48mm flat top, from 26mm up to 38mm flat top, from 28mm up to 38mm flat top, from 28mm up to 43mm flat top, from 28mm up to 48mm flat top, child proof and stoppers, from 18mm up to 48mm flat top, from 38mm to 63mm PE/PP/PET HDPE (PP for transparent parts) HDPE HDPE and PP HDPE HDPE and PP HDPE PP, HDPE and TPE PP and HDPE 0.70g - 20.00g starting from 0.8g from 0.8g up from 1.45g up from 1.65g up from 1.95g up from 1.3g up from 1.5g up from 2.5g up Up to 128x cavities 24 - 96 cavities from 12 to 64 cavities from 12 to 64 cavities from 12 to 64 cavities from 12 to 64 cavities from 12 to 64 cavities from 12 to 64 cavities from 12 to 64 cavities Husky, Mold-Masters Various not applicable not applicable not applicable not applicable not applicable not applicable not applicable Closure design approvals from all major beverage brand owners; most economical closure designs for private labels; tethered cap solutions for carbonated and non-carbonated drinks according to requirements of EU Directive 2019/904","@ID":37},

"PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net 55 BOTTLES Protein water in PET The Swiss company, Focus Water, offers a range of drinks which are tailored to meet the different demands of customers. As well as vitamin drinks, there are two varieties with extra protein content. In addition to the 7.5 g of protein, the sugar-free drink also contains 1.8g of the currently popular BCAA (Branched Chain Amino Acids) and four added vitamins. The cassis product also contains extra caffeine. The 500ml disposable bottle is made from 35% recycled material. Clear sleeve labels provide information on the product and its ingredients. www.focuswater.de Milk with extra protein In the manufacturer’s constant search for ingredients that will enhance the consumer’s health, vitality and performance as well as generating additional sales, products that have increased levels of protein come right at the top of the list. For example, the German discount chain, Aldi South, is selling high-protein milk with 0.1% fat and a protein content of 2.1 g per glass under its own “Crane” label, which is already synonymous with products used for sports, fitness and exercise. The milk comes in a tapered 750ml bottle and has a black screw cap. The sleeve label on the bottle, which is made from 50% recycled material, has been designed to match the “Crane” brand image. www.aldi-sued.de","@ID":57},

"INSPECTION 47 PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net INSPECTION 47 PETplanet: What are the benefits for the consumer and what for the industry? Biss: The Flustix seals offer consumers tested safety as well as reliable orientation at the first glance at POS to make a quick and sustainable purchase decision. In terms of companies, Flustix supports with its seals businesses in a corporate strategy geared towards sustainability. Thanks to the labels of Flustix, companies can guarantee their customers independent testing procedures. At the same time the seals serve as a qualitative unique selling point. Another benefit for the industry is that “Flustix Recycled” is a global trustmark. This means that for global players, global trade is covered with this seal, which is accepted worldwide. Additionally, the “Flustix Recycled” seal strengthens society’s trust in recycling as a sustainable method of waste processing and underlines the importance of the responsible use of the valuable material plastic. PETplanet: What technology is behind it? How does the measurement of the recycled material work? Biss: The main focus of this DIN certification for products made from recycled materials is the evaluation of the system used to ensure traceability and thus to ascertain the recycled content of semifinished products, components or in the final product. The certification is suitable for products made from recycled material, such as products manufactured using pre-consumer or post-consumer waste, which explicitly includes industrial waste as defined in DIN EN ISO 14021. Initially, an on-site audit is held at all manufacturers/processors who are responsible for key production steps. These include the source of waste, the pre-production, as well as (if applicable) the production of intermediate products and the addition of virgin material, followed by the product manufacture. After a positive assessment, customers receive a certificate that is valid for 5 years. Annual inspection tests are also undertaken as on-site audits. These are intended to confirm that the process is still being followed correctly and that the determination of the recycled content and product labelling continues to meet the requirements of the certification scheme. The system works globally and with our partners, DIN CERTCO and TÜV Rheinland we do have worldwide auditors-network on site. www.flustix.com/en","@ID":49},

"MOULD MAKING PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net 24 Innovation and sustainability in the circular economy The role of light and rPET containers Packaging sustainability is a key issue, in particular for the beverage industry, in which more and more questions have been raised about the material to be used for safe packaging, with limited impact on the environment. Recent studies have shown the benefits arising from the use of plastic bottles, since this solution is unbreakable, safe, with great barrier properties, lightweight and above all recyclable. MOULD MAKING EBS Ergon series  rotary stretch-blow moulding system, equipped with motorised stretch rods  compact design: the stretchblow moulding, filling and capping operations as a single block  precise and fast filling and capping process  low energy consumption of the stretch-blow moulder, thanks to a preform heating module, IR lamps and to a double-stage air recovery system  low running and maintenance costs  fast format & mould change In comparison with other packaging materials, such as glass or aluminium, PET has a good environmental profile, mainly thanks to its lightness that translates into less material to produce, less material to dispose of, less energy used to manufacture it and less fuel used for transporting packed products. Thanks to its recyclability and its great weight-capacity ratio, many producers of mineral waters and soft drinks promote and re-evaluate PET and rPET as convenient and win-win solutions from the environmental sustainability point of view. The use of recycled PET (rPET) for manufacturing new bottles is the core of the concept of circular economy, that consists of collecting materials after they have been used and processing them, so that they can be reused or recycled. Every time a PET container is recycled, its oil reserve is recovered and reused, eliminating the waste and reducing the packaging environmental impact, provided that efficient systems for managing waste and recycling exist. For large-scale productions at low cost of containers, SMI offers a wide range of rotary stretch-blow moulders from EBS Ergon range, available both in stand-alone or in EcoBloc version, integrated with the filling and capping modules for the production of PET and rPET containers as the system recently installed at Danone Group’s Societé des Eaux de Volvic plant for the stretch-blow moulding, filling and capping of 8 l containers in 100% rPET. Another strategy that contributes to the environmental protection is based on the design of even lighter PET containers, that allow to save on plastics and that, indeed, fully comply with the environmental policy of most manufacturers of beverages. With its latest generation of tools, SMI states that is able to design, develop and virtually prototype a wide range of packaging solutions in rPET and PET, according to the customers’ specific requirements, who asked first of all for safety, functionality, innovation and ergonomics. SMI uses a 3D CAD department for the design and graphic processing of the bottles. After an analysis of the customer’s requests, the container idea is developed and turns into a detailed project. Up to now, SMI engineers have designed around 1,700 containers, featuring from the most simple to the most sophisticated shape. The moulds mounted on SMI stretch-blow moulders, manufactured using a special aluminium alloy, are a “home-made” product. In fact, 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 7/24, operator-less, according to pre-set production programmes (CAM). The 12 machining centres can achieve an output of 15,000 moulds per year; they are equipped with linear motors with a speed rate up to 80 meters per minute and mandrels achieving a speed rate of 30,000 rounds per minute. The company says that as a result, top-level quality standards are constantly provided. www.smigroup.it","@ID":26},

"BOTTLING / FILLING PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net 43 investing a total of US$ 10 million – about two-thirds of Uganda’s planned budget for 2018. KHS was awarded the contract for the new PET line. In addition to an Innoket Neo labeller the package includes an InnoPET BloFill stretch blow moulder/filler block with a capacity of up to 25,000 500ml bph. The company was impressed by the Innofill PET NV water filler – the first machine designed for still water that Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda has acquired so far. The Dortmund systems supplier has chalked up points with other projects KHS has also implemented for CCBA in Uganda including a PET line for carbonated Coca-Cola soft drinks installed in Mbarara in 2015. Expertise in bottles KHS experts of the company’s Bottles & Shapes program contributed their expertise in the development and optimisation of bottles. Their consultancy service produces PET bottles which have been optimised in terms of both ecology and economy and boast 100% line suitability and compliance with the customer’s design concepts. Although the line was officially commissioned in May 2019 by the president of Uganda, represented by the minister of trade, industry and cooperatives, production has been running since the beginning of the year. The performance figures of the new system have exceeded CCBA’s expectations. “We’re achieving a line efficiency of 98%,” says Conrad van Niekerk, happily, managing director of CCBA Uganda. “And Rwenzori’s water bottling line operates around the clock, seven days a week. The performance figures of this line and those from Mbarara are the best in the entire group.” Even though the expanded capacity is already reaching its limits, the key factor in CCBA’s output is the availability of water which is a limited and therefore precious resource in Uganda. In addition to efficiency, the subject of sustainability is becoming increasingly important not only for beverage producers in Uganda but for the rest of Africa as well. CCBA can score here, too: under the motto of ‘a world without waste’ CCBA wants to help ensure that by 2030 100% of all PET bottles sold are collected and recycled. Plastic Recycling Industries, a recycling initiative owned by CCBA and founded specifically for this purpose, buys collected PET bottles from consumers and then reintroduces them to the recovered materials cycle. www.khs.com Edward Ojede (left) and Innocent Obong, both from CCBA, on either side of KHS key account service manager Dilesh Karia Building the future in every moment of your business 40 Bar Oil-Free Piston Compressors for PET Applications. hertz-kompressoren.com","@ID":45},

"11 NEWS PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net Loop Industries and Suez to buildfirst infinite Loop rPET facility in Europe Loop Industries, a leading company in sustainable plastics technology, and Suez, a world leader in environmental services, announce plans to build the first Infinite Loop recycling facility in Europe. Based on enhanced recycling, the partnership will combine the resource management expertise of Suez and Loop’s unique technology for the production of virgin quality, food grade, 100% recycled and infinitely recyclable plastic. Loop’s patented and proprietary low-energy technology is claimed to enable waste plastic to be recycled an infinite number of times, with no degradation in quality. Combined with the expertise of Suez, the Infinite Loop facility will respond to huge growth in demand in Europe from global beverage and consumer goods brand companies, committed to aggressive targets for a high level of recycled content in their products. This new enhanced recycling facility dedicated to PET1 plastic will be the largest in the world, with the potential to produce the equivalent of approximately 4.2 billion food grade beverage bottles2 made of 100% recycled and infinitely recyclable PET plastic annually. By leveraging Loop’s technology, this facility will be able to claim savings of 180,000 t of CO2 annually, compared with virgin PET production from a traditional petrochemical process. These savings are equivalent to approximately 418,000 barrels of oil. “Suez has been involved for more than 10 years in mechanical plastic recycling, while investing constantly in research & innovation. In 2019, we processed 450,000 t of plastics across Europe and produced 150,000 t of recycled plastics. Highly convinced by the complementarity between mechanical and chemical recycling solutions, we are thrilled to be part of this innovative project with Loop Industries as it will expand our offer and our solutions improving the economic and environmental performance of our industrial customers, but also contributing to a sustainable resource management” comments Jean-Marc Boursier, Suez Group COO. Loop Founder and CEO Daniel Solomita says “Europe is leading the charge against petroleum-based plastics: through tougher regulations and taxes, they are setting a global example on transitioning to a more circular economy. The Infinite Loop technology creates the infrastructure countries need to be able to eliminate plastic waste and increase recycling rates. Loop’s expansion is tailored to our customers’ needs allowing them to meet and exceed their ambitious targets for recycled content in their packaging, but also to have the ability to recycle their packaging infinitely, without having to compromise quality.” Final site selection and engineering are targeted to be completed by mid-2021 and commissioning of the facility is currently projected in 2023. www.loopindustries.com l l textile packaging","@ID":13},

"EDITOUR PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net 17 To the south-east of Australia lies New Zealand, which is divided into two main and over 700 small islands. New Zealand has a land area of around 270,000 km2 that stretches mostly (97.6%) across the North and South Islands; these have around 114,000 km2 and 150,000 km2 respectively. From north to south, the islands extend about 1,600 km, while from east to west they reach no wider than 300 km. The Cook Strait, which separates the two main islands, is no more than 23 km wide. Seven archipelagos form New Zealand’s Offshore Islands. These include the Kermadec Islands in the far north, which are around 980 km to the north of the main islands, and Campbell Island, around 590 km south-east of Stewart Island, New Zealand’s third-largest inhabited island south of the main South Island. The hilly topography of the city of Auckland is the result of its initial establishment on 53 inactive volcanoes, part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, which lies under vast stretches of the country, making it a potential earthquake zone. Mountain ranges running from north to south on the main islands and a predominant west wind foster a damp climate in the west and a drier climate in the east. In contrast to Australia, the climate is predominantly temperate, apart from a subtropical section on the tip of the North Island and the cool southern point of the South Island. The average annual temperature is around 16 °C in the north and 10 °C in the south, usually with 600mm to 1,600mm of rainfall and a range throughout the year of 10 °C to 30 °C. Mount Ruapehu (2,792m) is the highest point on the North Island and is situated in Tongariro National Park, which has been designated a Unesco World Heritage Site. Mount Cook (3,724m) is the highest point on the South Island. Around three quarters of the approximately 4.8 million New Zealanders live on the North Island, where both Auckland, with around 1.66 million inhabitants (2017), and the capital Wellington, with almost 213,000 inhabitants, are situated. As in Australia, the average age of New Zealanders is around 38, and the population density was estimated in 2019 to be around 18 per square kilometre. The Twelve Apostles at the Great Ocean Road, Victoria, Australia Relative to its settlement density, New Zealand’s travel infrastructure is well-developed. According to the LPI (see above), the country ranked 15th in 2018, behind the USA and ahead of France. Besides coastal shipping – New Zealand’s coastline is over 15,000 km long – road and flight transport form the logistics backbone. In 2013, the country boasted almost 94,000 km of road network, of which around 18,000 km were not asphalted or concreted. In addition, it is among the countries with the highest number of airports per inhabitant. In 2019, the Heritage Foundation ranked the country third behind Hong Kong and Singapore on the Economic Mount Cook area, Canterbury, New Zealand German Technology","@ID":19},

"PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net 54 A fresh spray from Alverde The German pharmacy discount chain, dm, is promoting a Limited Edition of a refreshing body spray under its Alverde label which contains organic ginger and lime. The spray needs to be kept refrigerated to enhance its freshness and should be applied to the skin in the morning and evening or whenever required. The product comes in a clear 150ml bottle with self-adhesive label and is secured by a screw-on pump sprayer with protective cap. www.dm.de Disinfectants with push-pull function The German Art and Source Company Ltd has launched an environmentally-friendly, alcoholfree, universal multi-purpose concentrated disinfectant as part of its Biolythe brand which sterilises hands and surfaces. The product comes in 250ml and 500ml containers. The picture shows the handy, clear 250ml bottle. A self-adhesive label provides information on the correct use of the disinfectant, together with a list of ingredients. The low-viscosity product is applied via a screw-on cap with pushpull function. www.biolythe.com PETbottles Beverage + Liquid Food Superjuice from Netto The German discount retailer, Netto, has brought out three different superjuices under the names: 01 golden protector, 02 green vitamiser and 03 red elixir in their refrigerated section as part of its “Fruchtstern” label promotional campaign. As well as apple juice, all three contain individually coloured juices such as peach, aloe vera and kiwi, pomegranate and guava. The products come in clear 500ml bottles with a large drinking spout secured by a black screw top. A transparent label provides some interesting information about one of the main ingredients. www.netto-online.de Tea in a tetrahedron bag Twinings of London, a specialist tea drink brand distributed in Germany by the Genuport company, is selling a number of differently-flavoured sugar-free drinks with cold water infusion under the name “Infuse” as an alternative to sweetened beverages. The tea leaves are put into small, tetrahedron-shaped bags made from a water-permeable and biodegradable material. Twelve bags are packed in a PET container which has a screw cap made from PP and a tamper-proof strip. Preparing the drink is easy: simply remove the bags, place them in suitable containers, adding approximately 500 ml of cold water. Allow them to brew for five minutes, then shake and drink. www.twinings.co.uk","@ID":56},

"PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net 53 BOTTLES PETbottles Home + Personal Care Hand sanitiser from Robbyrob The Berlin-based Walter Schmidt Chemie Ltd sells various sanitisers under its “Robbyrob” label, including a hand sanitiser product. According to the manufacturer, the product is made in Germany and kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses. The clear product comes in a 500 ml transparent plastic bottle. It is applied via a pump dispenser and has a child-proof strip which is difficult to remove. Grooves on the “humped” side make the bottle easier to grip and secure. Labels provide information on the product, explain how it should be applied, as well as including safety advice. www.walter-schmidt-chemie.de Nivea without microplastic Manufacturers develop products that meet consumer demand in terms of ingredients, packaging and handling. For example, Beiersdorf uses a 100% rPET bottle for its vegan “Care Shower Nature Fresh” product which does not contain any microplastics and whose formula consists of 98% biodegradable substances. The product comes in a 300ml bottle and has a twin-coloured hinged cap with a sloped dispensing surface and in-built silicon valve for better application. www.nivea.de Hair spray as a pump spray Dove, a Unilever brand, has been selling “Style and Care” hair sprays in a clear plastic bottle in a number of countries. Although some customers prefer hair spray to propellant gas, Dove uses a pump dispenser to apply the hair spray. It comes in a clear 270ml bottle with a screwedon white sprayer, while a cap that matches the bottle protects the spray head. The bottle has a non-labellook label on the front, with a back label that is reflected on the inside to draw attention to the product at point of sale. www.dove.com An original bottle made from pure recycled material L’Oréal Men Expert has extended its successfully launched Barber Club series by introducing a shower gel that contains essential oils for body, hair and beard care. The well-known and distinctive headstand 300ml bottle is now made from 100% recycled material. Two clear, self-adhesive labels provide details of the product with a twin-coloured hinged lid closure and dispensing spout which make it easy to use when showering. www.loreal-paris.de","@ID":55},

"TOP TALK PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net 14 ised components can be configured through a web interface and are then manufactured in a state-of-the-art laboratory through a completely automated process. In addition, because the virtual and physical environments work together within a closed loop, the system is able to continuously improve on the products and services delivered. PETplanet: How does digitalisation change support and how important is the personal presence on-site? John Galt: Husky responds to our customers’ requirements for support in a way that aligns with their needs. We intend to continue to offer both an in-person visit or a remote virtual session to troubleshoot a technical challenge; whatever matches the needs of our customers best. Our new “we call you” predictive capability, the industry’s only true live process optimisation tool, is one of our most exciting developments. It brings us together with our customers in a way we never thought possible and the results have been nothing short of incredible. PETplanet: Personal presence is also an issue that many trade fairs worldwide are currently struggling with. Some large companies have announced continuous travel stops and cancelled trade fair participation whilst elsewhere the trade fair business is slowly picking up again, such as in China. What is Husky’s policy here? John Ga l t : The safety of our employees and customers remains our highest priority. Like many other companies, our team members are travelling on an essentialonly basis. Almost all the trade fairs that we were scheduled to attend this year have been either cancelled, postponed or reformatted into a virtual format. In the absence of trade fairs and face-toface interactions, we are adapting and leveraging digital capabilities to continue engaging with our customers despite the travel restrictions. When markets reopen, we will continue to participate in the trade fairs that offer an unmatched ability to engage existing and new customers. PETplanet: As you said, many events are also converting to digital formats. We at PETplanet for example started with the PETcast, a new series of PETrelated podcasts as well as special webinars for the PET sector. How important are those digital formats for Husky? Can you imagine taking part in digital trade fairs? John Galt: In response to the shift to virtual events and trade fairs, Husky is embracing all virtual formats to ensure we connect with customers in the most effective way possible. We’ve used and will continue to leverage live stream demonstrations of our systems, online webinars that provide educational content on a particular topic and participate in virtual trade fairs that give us the potential to reach our target audience. PETplanet: Have any positive experiences come out of the pandemic? Are there processes that could be adapted to be a catalyst for the coming years? John Galt: In every challenge lies an opportunity to learn, adapt and improve. This pandemic has shown us the potential to realise growth in other areas of our business as customer needs shift to respond to changes in consumer preferences. The demands to support certain market segments and provide safe and hygienic solutions, for example: using PET preforms for blood tubes; retooling systems to produce bottles for hand sanitiser; or accelerated production of hot runner systems to support the manufacturing of Covid-19 test kits; has become common place at this time. The resilience and adaptability of our people has truly been remarkable. I am extremely proud to be part of the Husky team and grateful to our team members around the globe for their commitment and dedication to working through this unprecedented time in our history. We will most certainly come out of the current pandemic a stronger and better company. PETplanet: This is also what we wish for you and all the companies in our industry! Thank you very much John! www.husky.co “In every challenge lies an opportunity to learn, adapt and improve.”","@ID":16},

"MARKET SURVEY 33 PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net Sacmi Imola S.C. Intravis GmbH Via Selice Prov Le 17/A, 40026 Imola (BO) - Italy +39 0542 607111 www.sacmi.com Mr Stefano Severi Sales Area Manager +39 3356594236 stefano.severi@sacmi.it Rotter Bruch 26a, 52068 Aachen, Germany +49 241 9126 0 www.intravis.de Mr Christoph Wynands, Product Manager Caps and Closures +49 241 9126 0 info@intravis.de CHS102 CapWatcher Q-Line CapWatcher S-Line CapWatcherSC (Specialty Closures) IntraOne! Up to 4,000 caps/min 60cps / 3,600cpm / 216,000cph 80cps / 4,800cpm / 288,000cph 80cps / 4,800cpm / 288,000cph 50cps / 3,000cpm / 180,000cph Artificial computer vision algorithms, spark tester 3 cameras for inner inspection (sealing elements, thread, tamper evident), 4 cameras for shell inspection, 1 camera for topwall inspection, contactless microhole inspection, temperature measurement, cavity reading 1 camera for inner inspection, 4 cameras for shell inspection, 1 camera for cavity reading, microhole inspection Fully customised inspection systems that are tailored to the needs and wishes of our customers The perfect system for OEMintegration into capper-, filler-, assembly-, laser- or printingsystems Plastic-, tethered -, lasric -, sports-, hinge-, and multi components caps Tethered caps, standard one-piece beverage closures, standard two-piece beverage closures Standard one-piece beverage closures, standard two-piece beverage closures Tethered caps, carton fitment, flip-top, sports cap, push-pull, 3-piece closures, screw top cap, spout & dosing, beauty & home-care, food & beverage, pharma, automotive, inserts, cutters, lids, dustcover Tethered caps, standard one-piece beverage closures, standard two-piece beverage closures, carton fitment, flip-top, sports cap, push-pull, 3-piece closures, screw top cap Yes Measurement of inner seal cone diameter ( σ =0.02mm), Pulled Thread Inspection, Tamper Evident Band Inspection, Black specks, Contamination, Color deviation, Inner Seal Cone, Outer Seal Cone, Plug Seal, Constant distance between Inner Seal and Outer Seal, Homogeneity between Inner Seal and Outer Seal Pulled Thread Inspection, Black specks, Contamination, Colour deviation, Inner Seal Cone, Outer Seal Cone, Liner, Laser engraving,Promotion Codes, QR-codes, Cavity Number Reading Measurement of inner seal cone diameter, Pulled Thread Inspection, Tamper Evident Band Inspection, Black specks, Contamination, Color deviation, Inner Seal Cone, Outer Seal Cone, Plug Seal, Constant distance between Inner Seal and Outer Seal, Homogeneity between Inner Seal and Outer Seal, Liner, Laser engraving, QR-codes, Promotion Codes, Cavity Number Reading, Yes Measurement of outer closure diameter ( σ =0.02mm) and height ( σ =0.02mm), long gate inspection, slit quality for slitted closures, broken bridges, hinges, flashes between bridges, colour deviation, black specks Measurement of outer closure diameter & height, broken bridges, flashes between bridges, colour deviation, black specks, contamination, ovality, short shots, flashes Measurement of outer closure diameter & height, long gate inspection, slit quality for slitted closures, broken bridges, flashes between bridges, colour deviation, black specks, contamination, ovality, short shots, flashes, angel hairs. Yes High precision measurement of the outer closure diameter: accuracyσ =0.02 mm, High precision measurement of the inner seal cone diameter: accuracyσ =0.02 mm, High precision measurement of the outer closure height: accuracyσ =0.02 mm Measurement of outer closure diameter & height, measurement of inner seal cone Diameter and ovality, height, assembly faults, missing & damaged components, damaged seal cone, vertical long shots, open & closed short shots, horizontal/radial long shots, tamper evident band, damaged flaps, turned up flaps, damaged pull tabs, missing or damaged quality seal Yes Robust cavity reading with special illumination technology, cap-oriented imaging & machine-learning algorithms for cavity recognition. No time-consuming teaching or learning procedure necessary. This enables the creation of real-time heat maps of moulds. Problems in temperature control of individual cavities or entire heating & cooling circuits can be detected & eliminated. Robust cavity reading with specially developed illumination technology, cap-oriented imaging and machinelearning algorithms for outstanding cavity recognition. No time-consuming teaching or learning procedure necessary Yes, using spark tester New contactless microhole inspection, no need to dip into the closure - must-have for tethered caps with inserts Microholes in the area of the injection gate New contactless microhole inspection - no need to dip into the closure Yes Missing components, closure height, diameter and ovality, flow lines, weight, Label, l*a*b values, barrier inspection, layer inspection, tactile measurement Precise sidewall inspection through CVS360-3D module, sidewall through 4 images by 4 side cameras. Algorithm allows compensation of any deformation of the image that might stem from perspective, optical deformation and spatil position. Precise decoration inspection including. Pull-Off test, TE-Features Yes, 2.5M pixels, inspection of colour registration, colour shades, stains, contamination, mixed decorations, wrong colours, missed colour planes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes CHS102 is the new compact and fast solution designed by Sacmi to ensure the highest quality levels to your caps. It installs the newer CVs20 software platform (Computer Vision software 2020), that is common to all Sacmi Computer Vision Systems. CVs20 widely uses Artificial intelligence algorithms. Complete with 7 high resolution colour cameras. Data base connection, reject rate monitoring, production monitoring, integrated control of up- and downstream equipment, integrated trend statistics with pre-warning. IntraVisualizer - data analytics to improve production quality visualises the data of all Intravis systems on site simultaneously. Most importantly, it helps to investigate defective product (Root-cause analysis) predicting and avoiding quality failures and material waste. In addition, it detects negative trends before faulty products are produced. It is possible to integrate data from different production machines with a robust OPC-UA interface according to Euromap standard.","@ID":35},

"TOP TALK PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net 13 ning at levels similar to the summer season. Has this had a positive effect on your moulds business? John Galt: We have certainly seen a shift in our business as our customers’ needs have changed as a result of the pandemic. We had to selectively add capacity, shorten lead times and shift production to serve the shifting demands of the PET and medical industries. Overall, it’s been a very dynamic environment and we are happy with the results. PETplanet: Were all of your suppliers able to keep production going? John Galt: Some suppliers experienced short term production interruptions; however, through our global network we were able to shift demand to maintain commitments. PETplanet: In your experience, what is the best way to maintain customer contacts in times of social distancing? John Galt: Husky is proud to be continuing to work alongside our customers by leveraging virtual technology solutions that enable us to stay connected during this challenging time. Our service technicians, for example, are providing on-site service and support wherever possible, or conducting remote interactive support through our Help Lightning tool. We are enthusiastic about the use of these new virtual meeting tools and are investing to expand our ongoing capacity. PETplanet: With NGOM, Next Generation Operating Model, Husky has been working on a digitalised manufacturing solution for some time. Has this business model benefited you now? John Galt: Yes, we continue to believe in the value of being a leading digital industrial pioneer. We are already demonstrating the ability to offer shorter lead times, with better quality through our digital lines. We have, and will continue, to leverage digital capability to shorten lead times, at greater scale, with less risk. This is truly a game changer. Husky’s pioneering Next Generation Operating Model has streamlined hardware ordering and manufacturing from a practice that historically takes several weeks down to a few hours. For the first time ever, customWhether 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. Count on the number 1 technology from EREMA when doing so: over 6000 of our machines and systems produce around 14.5 million tonnes of high-quality pellets like this every year – in a highly efficient and energy-saving way. WE DRIVE THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY. CHOOSE THE NUMBER ONE. 2003013ERE_PETplanet.indd   1 19.03.20   18:48 Fully integrated preform moulding solution HyPET HPP5e","@ID":15},

"BOTTLE MAKING 41 PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net BOTTLE MAKING 41 Evian introduces label-free, 100% rPET bottle Engraved etiquette July 2020 saw French headquartered water specialist Evian launch a new bottle, which features an engraved logo and enables it to break away from the standard, separate label format. It is designed with sustainability very much in mind: the bottle is made from 100% rPET and is, itself, 100% recyclable. The new ‘evian pink’ cap is made of recyclable HDPE. The new bottle is the result of a two-year design process. The company describes it as a “key milestone” in its drive to become a ‘fully circular’ brand by 2025, to which goal it has been working with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in adopting a circular manufacturing model. Evian’s project is to reduce its use of virgin material and to achieve the goal of making all of its plastic bottles from 100% recycled material, by 2025. It is intending to achieve its goal by working with leading partners to redesign its packaging, accelerate recycling initiatives and remove plastic waste from the environment. The company expects the labelless design to simplify the recycling cycle but also sees advantages in marketing the bottle: “Thanks to the engraving, we can preserve the natural beauty of the bottle and be closer to the water’s purity.” says Emmanuelle Giraudon, Engineer in Research and Innovation at Danone. The 400ml bottle has been available since early July in selected restaurants, hotels and other hospitality outlets in France, its domestic market and in other countries since September 2020. Evian has already been certified to have achieved the Carbon Trust’s PAS 2060 carbon neutral standard, which recognises and confirms the measures taken by the company to reduce direct carbon emissions from its own activities, indirect emissions from the value chain and to offset residual emissions through a partnership with the Livelihoods Carbon Fund. PAS 2060 is not a single-hit accreditation; Evian must be recertified every year in order to maintain carbon neutral status. This requires development and implementation of a yearly carbon reduction and management plan. As time goes on, this will mean less reliance on carbon offset investment and more emphasis on a low-carbon business model, with emission reduction figures based on global product lifecycle assessment. Evian is part of the #WeActForWater movement, which comes under Danone’s 2 billion Euro programme of investment to transform its agriculture, energy and operations, packaging and digital capabilities. The objectives of this movement include: halving the amount of virgin plastic used by Danone’s water brands; matching every litre of water sold with a litre for people in need, by creating a fund to help another 50 million people in developing countries access safe drinking water, by 2030; and enhancing watershed and wetlands preservation. www.evian.com .","@ID":43},

"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":52},

"INSPECTION 49 PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net High throughput OTR testing High throughput is always a dominant consideration when testing permeation, especially in the QA/QC environment. However, OTR testing of bottles presents some unique challenges. Due to the intricacy of the sensors in the testing instrument, room air and any residual oxygen must be swept out of the bottle before testing can begin. This process can be lengthy without a proper high-flow purge phase. Additionally, traditional permeation measurement devices typically have only two test cells. Based on other testing in the beverage industry, a much larger sample size is required for QA/QC processes. Finally, depending on the barrier level of the bottle, OTR tests can take several days to a week to reach equilibrium. Fortunately, instruments are available that offer high-flow purge with eleven bottle stations. Unfortunately, the time to equilibrium of any type of OTR test can only be reduced by increasing the temperature. While this may be an option in R&D applications, it isn’t an accepted alternative in QA/ QC processes. It is possible however, to reduce the test time and, in conjunction with a high-flow purge and 11-cell instrument, significantly increase throughput. While it is impossible to accelerate equilibrium time, with a proper protocol development the time bottles are in test may be shortened. During a batch quality OTR analysis, most bottle outliers should manifest in the beginning to middle of the test. However, in order to determine the appropriate amount of time required and to better understand the bottle behaviour, a protocol development study should be conducted. This type of study should involve a variety of bottles tests including but not limited to: standard test with high purge (to evacuate residual O2 from the inside the bottle), modified test with extended purge on inside and outside (to evacuate all oxygen from both inside the bottle and within the materials), and standard test with high purge on bottle with known defects. Data from this development study can be used to determine optimal test time for a quality system protocol, insuring confidence in the accuracy of the desired bottle parameters. As beverage products continue to diversify, the capacity to measure oxygen ingress, rather than carbon dioxide levels, will become increasingly important as an indication of shelf life. Rigorous and accurate testing, along with careful protocol development, will ensure products maintain their quality without jeopardising plant productivity. Authored by Michelle Stevens, a 24-year veteran and globally recognised technical expert in the barrier packaging industry. Michelle has spent her career working for and consulting with many major companies and trade and testing organisations throughout the industry. For the last three years she has lent her expertise exclusively to the technical and sales teams at Systech Illinois. Systech Illinois is an Industrial Physics brand. Systech Illinois offers an 11-cell, high-purge OTR testing system, the 8700 Oxygen Permeation Analyser. The 8700 can measure 11 samples simultaneously - individually started, stopped or delayed. Fixed platens and Turbopurge technology allow for rapid OTR testing of multiple bottles. Systech Illinois’ scientists can aid in developing an 8700 test protocol to create an industry-leading, highthroughput OTR analysis system for QA/QC of beverage bottles. www.industrialphysics.com","@ID":51},

"CAPS & CLOSURES 37 PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net at other markets. UCL has the advantage that it can go to sectors that are new to it and demonstrate that it already has the technological expertise necessary to help clients take the steps forward that they need, in order to remain competitive. Technology transfer “If you have something that has the high levels of performance required for CSD then looking at a dish soap, for example, the technology is going to transfer quite easily,” he observed. But it isn’t all plain sailing. Smith himself had to fly over to Latin America and buy a particular non-edible oil product, because it was impossible to get hold of in Europe and its viscosity was different from what was available at home, which meant that its pouring spout required a slightly modified solution to ensure effective performance. The experience underlines the importance of never taking anything for granted. UCL sees one of its core strengths in aiding the drive to sustainability is in reducing the amount of material that has to be dealt with, in the first place. The company were pioneers of single-piece cap technology, for example. As well as reducing manufacturing steps and material usage, removing the need for sealing by means of an internal gasket or liner, which was often difficult to remove if it was attached to the bottle top, helped to improve recyclability. “We replaced that liner with a seal integrated into the one-piece closure design. I think that is the UCL core USP: innovation. That kind of thinking is ingrained in us; we look to simplify, to remove the unnecessary” he said. Innovation: growing market share, enhancing brand reputation Innovation is a key route to profitability and growing market share, according to market intelligence reports from as long as 20 years ago; Gartner Research put the ‘innovation advantage’ – the period when innovating companies have the market to themselves, at nine months. However, no-one has a monopoly on good ideas and even patents won’t provide total protection against ruthless operators. But innovation undoubtedly helps to strengthen brand image. “Patents offer a degree of protection and we always protect our licences by patenting designs,” he continued. “Innovation is where you can steal a little bit of a march and buy yourself time. And I think that if you’re first to market or become seen as pioneers, you develop a reputation. People do come to us because of our reputation for that ‘on the front foot’ innovation.” But Mark makes clear that innovation is not a case of inspiration coming fully-formed to the finished article. “We will normally spend a year at least, maybe two, developing an idea, though where necessary we have delivered solutions in a few months” he said. “If the idea was, say 10%; then the realisation is 90%. The frustration and the development journey, the ups and downs, those make up the majority of the effort. And we’ve have many ideas that just don’t see the light of day .” New challenges Today’s challenges are led by the growth of E-commerce, particularly home deliveries, and new regulations regarding tethered caps, being introduced by the EU from 2024. “Current closure designs are generally fine to be delivered to supermarkets and put on the shelf,” Mark explained. When bottles are being delivered to consumers’ front doors, they need security, to be able to see that none of their bottles have been opened, which brings us into the field of tamper-evident closures. “One of the offerings could involve an evolution of our two-piece sports closure, which has been proven to work with drink products. Dish soap is not pressurised in the same way as a carbonated soft drink, it doesn’t have to comply with BSDA (British Soft Drinks Association) standards – but soap behaves in a different way to water, which causes congealing issues and pouring problems. So, we may think we have transferable technology but it’s not as simple as that; we have different challenges.” So, in addition to being able to transfer some technology, it is innovating and developing new solutions in the area of, for example, homecare products. The USA market uses a lot of extrusion blow-moulded bottles for its detergents, which has led UCL to develop sealing solutions for HDPE blow-moulded extrusion packages. In contrast to the precise finishes of PET bottles, HDPE blow-moulded packages are guillotined off at the top; there’s a lot of variation and flash is common. The current solution is a PP cap and liner – the old two-piece situation. “We have done single-piece before, obviously. What we have done now is to create a single piece solution, where the seal mimics the behaviour of a liner and takes up the variability in the HDPE,” Mark said. “We’ve got a number of advanced prototypes that have been on successful trials with some large companies in the USA. We are getting to UCL has designed and launched a new, two-piece sports closure system that incorporates a tethered cap. It meets 1881 standards and existing UCL systems can be converted to feature this design. The company is also in advanced stage development of a flip-top 2925 tethered cap water closure, which will be compatible with existing and standard 2925 threaded finishes.","@ID":39},

"MAINTENANCE PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net 26 Bottle jams never again by Heike Fischer CHP engineering company is offering a wide range of lubrication solutions, specific for the food and beverage industries all over the world. CHP’s activities are grouped into four strategic business units: the MicroDry Slat lubrication technology, the MicroDry Air coating technology, the MicroDry all-in-one hygienic solution (CIP) and full service package for installation, maintenance, consumables, parts & accessories. For the PET industry - which had been a very successful market for the company since 2004 - CHP developed a specific solution to prevent bottle jams for factories working with air conveyors: the MicroDry Air coating technology. Big players within the beverage industry are using CHP’s technology, e.g. Coca-Cola or Nestlé Waters. PETplanet Insider talked with Pieter Turck, Founder, previous CEO of CHP and Executive Director since 1st of January 2020 about accepted problems in the production process that can be easily solved and finally, about their future plans for CHP. PETplanet: Mr Turck, CHP is now active in the PET industry for more than 15 years. What was the trigger to turn to this branch of industry? What were the challenges and incentives for this step? Turck: In the first years CHP focused on the cardboard business with MicroDry, mainly on packaging lines supplied by Tetra Pak and SIG Combibloc. Since some of our major accounts also operate PET lines, we were triggered by these customers to use the same technical platform of MicroDry to substantially reduce the operational costs and increase line efficiency on the wet lubricated PET bottling lines. These successes allowed us to gain market share quickly at typical bottling companies as Coca-Cola, Nestlé Waters, etc. PETplanet: How much is the PET sales share in the CHP Group now? Turck: The sales of the MicroDry PET Slat, MicroDry PET AIO and MicroDry PET Air contribute for about 81% of the global revenue. PETplanet: Mr Turck, what do you think are the biggest problems when working with PET containers? Where does CHP technology come in? Turck: To answer this question, we need to differentiate on PET Slat and PET Air: PET Slat: Line efficiency has always been a big concern and becomes even more critical for our customers as bottles get lighter, are more frequently composed of recycled plastics or have shapes creating higher instabilities during conveying. The lower, stable and per-conveyor tuneable friction values between bottle and belt surface differentiate MicroDry from the conventional wet and half-dry solutions available on the market. The lower consumption- and maintenance costs and the better hygienic working conditions (safety, hygiene and environment) do create extra value for our customers. PET Air: More than 80% of the PET air conveyors show bottle jams that have a substantial negative impact on the line efficiency of the bottle-filling machine. Customers often use stand-by manpower to monitor the total line to release the jammed bottle-trains. The MicroDry PET Air solution offers a full automatic coating solution that primarily eliminates those jams and also reduces the operating costs. The pump- and control unit of these solutions can also be used for the PET Slat MicroDry solution. An extra added value when upgrading the filling line after experiencing the many advantages of MicroDry. PETplanet: Mr Turck would you be so kind to explain CHPs specific MicroDry Air coating technology? What are the specific advantages and what has been improved over the years since launching it? Turck: In most cases we eliminate all bottle jams. Since launching this solution in 2005, we could help many plant and line managers to eliminate their bottle jams. While installing the MicroDry Air system over the years, the customer also experienced more about all the additional benefits of the system. Once the MicroDry Air system was installed, the responsible manager could lower the fan blowing power and thus report substantial energy savings. As a consequence, the noise level of the air conveyor in operation came down substantially, which increased the quality of the work environment. An important topic in many Health and Safety committees. PETplanet: Mr Turck, what about implementing the MicroDry Air coating technology into an existing line? Turck: Based on the many years of experience our engineering team designs and produces in a very efficient way the customised inserts for every lay-out and type of the PET Air conveyor line. The pump- and control unit as well as the distribution system of the coating agent are well designed to meet different customer expectations and can be parameterised for each installation. The total installation time, including commissioning, of a typical PET Air conveyor line of about 150 metres length is maximum one week, from which the line shut-down time is about one day (6 to 10 hrs). A longer line with multiple blow moulders and Pieter Turck, Founder, previous CEO of CHP and Executive Director of CHP","@ID":28},

"10 NEWS PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net Erema launches its “ShowHello!” digital event platform As opportunities for face-to-face meetings and customer visits are rare these days, Erema has created its own “ShowHello!” virtual event platform. Visually similar to the company’s stand at the 2019 K trade fair which also incorporated their Circonomic Centre, Erema provides information on the latest recycling technologies, examples of best practice and lighthouse projects to create a functioning circular economy. During a video press conference at which the new format was presented, Manfred Hackl, CEO of Erema Group, explained the company’s reasons for investing in this new platform. „With our virtual exhibition stand, we have created a platform on which we can not only bundle information about the technologies and services of the entire group of companies. With live chats and webinar offers, it also offers the opportunity for knowledge transfer and exchange within the industry to promote solutions for the circular economy.” Gerold Breuer, Head of Marketing and Corporate Development, added “Of course, we all want to attend trade fairs again in person as soon as possible. Cost-benefit analyses of participation at these events are currently being made due to a decline in the number of attendees. “ShowHello!” offers customers a special experience because as a visitor you are able to move around and pick up information just like at any trade fair stand. There is even a chat function that facilitates personal exchanges between exhibitors and potential customers”. However, “ShowHello!” is much more than a virtual trade fair stand. A webinar lounge allows customers and anyone else who is interested to find out what webinars are taking place. A recording of these sessions is available after each event in the webinar library. www.erema.com Switzerland establishes new PET bottles collecting system On behalf of PET-Recyc l i ng Schweiz, Swiss Post is now collecting PET beverage bottles from all over Switzerland in special collect i on bags f r om home. The service was successfully tested regionally in 2019 and will now be extended to the whole of Switzerland. The new service is aimed at private households and was extensively tested in five municipalities. The successful pilot test and the very positive feedback from the public were decisive for the nationwide introduction. Because Swiss Post already delivers to all Swiss households, no new logistics need be set up. Furthermore, the pilot test has shown that the existing logistics capacities are suffi - cient and that no additional trips or vehicles are needed. And thanks to Swiss Post’s electric vehicles, the collection is even emission-free. The return is made via 45 l collection bags. These can be placed in a clearly visible position near the letterboxes at the entrance to the building without prior notice. www.petrecycling.ch","@ID":12},

"PETpatents www.verpackungspatente.de PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net 56 Bottle with tamper-proof strip European Patent No: EP 3575235 A1 Applicant: Nishiaki Kousakusho Co. Ltd., Kanagawa (JP) Date of application: 31.1.2014 The neck of this PET bottle is specially designed to make the first opening or removal of the tamperproof strip from the cap more visible and to enable the strip to be removed during recycling/refilling. Twin chamber bottle Internal Patent No: WO 2020/009565 A1 Applicant: Ismail Atabeg, Tilburg (NL) Date of application: 6.7.2019 The proposal is to divide the familiar sized carbonated drinks’ bottles into two smaller units (half-bottles). While one is being consumed, the other remains unopened without suffering any reduction in quality. Plastic aerosol can Internal Patent No: WO 2020/011448 A1 Applicant: Alpla Werke Alwin Lehner and Co. Ltd, KG, Hard (AT) Date of application: 4.6.2019 A plastic blow moulded PET container designed as a pressurised aerosol can. An inserted piston with two sealing rings isolates the product from pressure agents. Bottle with compensation surfaces Internal Patent No: WO/018861 A1 Applicant: Graham Packaging Comp., LP., Lancaster (US) Date of application: 19.7.2019 Plastic PET containers with specially shaped compensation surfaces and all-round designs to absorb the deformation forces that occur after hotfilling and subsequent cooling. The deformation can be controlled during this process. Top and underside PET drum Internal Patent No: WO 2018/154334 A1 Applicant: Petainer Large Container IP Ltd., London (GB) Date of application: 27.2.2018 Describes the removable protective parts of the top and base of the PET drum and how they are attached to it. Plastic bottle European Patent No: EP 3590855 A1 Applicant: Suntory Holdings Ltd, Osaka (JP) Date of application: 27.2.2018 A weight-reduced plastic bottle with stabilising grooves and compensation surfaces for differences in pressure caused by hotfilling.","@ID":58},

"EDITOUR PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net 16 Precisely because so many things had to be organised almost on the fly, a massive jolt has been felt worldwide through conservative behaviours and company structures. Countless offline processes have suddenly gone online, and not just talks but specialist trade fairs and webinars. These last two have experienced levels of hype that can hardly be imagined. So, as the sector is slowly making some recovery, more traditional trade fair and event formats are being discussed, although here too, the majority of events in 2020 will take place online, if at all. Exceptions, such as China Brew China Beverage in Shanghai and Brau Beviale in Nuremberg, prove this rule (at least at the moment) and, with their current safety concepts, are also likely to set a certain benchmark for the slowly recovering trade fair world as regards subsequent events. Australia and New Zealand A long way from everywhere, with a unique ecosystem and a very special vibe, Australia and New Zealand attract millions of tourists every year from all over the world. In 2018, the countries counted a total of around 13 million visitors, nine to Australia and four to New Zealand. It is well-known that the special geographical situation of the two countries offers unbelievable variety in the plant and animal world. At almost 7.7 million square kilometres, the Australian continent is the sixth largest nation in the world, just behind Brazil, stretching 3,860 km from north to south and around 4,000 km from east to west. The landmass also includes the island of Tasmania, situated in the south east, as well as numerous islands and archipelagos, such as the Cocos Islands and Christmas Island. In terms of climate, the whole spectrum is represented, from the tropical north to the temperate south. It includes temperatures barely reaching double figures during the Australian winter in the south, and temperatures of over 40 °C in Central Australia. The eastern part is intermittently affected by the changeable marine currents of El Nino, accompanied by dry periods and drought, and La Nina, its counterpart with high precipitation right across eastern Australia. The federal country is divided into six states, three territories and seven external territories. The highest elevation on the Australian mainland is Mount Kosciuszko (2,228m) in the state of New South Wales. Relative to the population, the road network is well-developed and stretches just over 900,000 km, but around 40% of this is not asphalted or concreted. Road trains run on Australia’s long-distance routes; these are extra-long truck combinations that can reach lengths of up to 50m and are used to transport goods over long distances right across the continent. The Australian flight network is one of the densest in the world. In the global Logistics Performance Index (LPI) published biannually by the World Bank, Australia came in 18th place in 2018 between Spain and Italy in terms of its logistics infrastructure quality. The ratio of land area to population density is astounding and is related to the wide areas that are considered uninhabitable – with only 3.2 inhabitants per square kilometre, Australia lags behind even Iceland. The majority of the 25.5 million inhabitants are settled in the east. Sydney (5.2 million), Melbourne (4.9 million) and Brisbane (2.3 million) are the largest cities on the east coast, followed by Perth on the west coast with a little more than 2 million. The capital, Canberra, has around 370,000 inhabitants and is 250 km south-west of Sydney. Australia is a country of immigrants; over 90% of the population have their roots in Europe. The average age is around 38 with life expectancy – over 80 for both men and women – among the highest in the world. It is estimated that today, 100% of the population has access to clean water and sanitation. In the Better Life Index, the OECD member state appears repeatedly in the upper rankings because of a high standard of living overall, which is calculated with reference to income, education, safety and subjective wellbeing, among other things. There is a high affinity for consumption. The country has shown continuous economic growth of over 2%. With almost 78% of the workforce, the services sector is Australia’s work horse, for the most part in connection with the tourism sector. This corresponds to 65% of the total GDP. Furthermore, industries like mining and construction, the financial sector, the entertainment industry and the healthcare sector also play important roles. Mining is particularly significant for exports; Australia is among the five largest raw materials providers and is a leading exporter worldwide of coal, iron ore, aluminium oxide, lead and zinc. It is also predicted that from 2022, the country could be the largest exporter of liquified petroleum gas. Strengthened trade relationships with Asia, in particular with China and India, have led to large investments from these countries in recent years. Melbourne’s skyline, Victoria, Australia Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, New South Wales, Australia","@ID":18},

"EDITOUR PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net 21 for soft drinks, while it has increased slightly for bottled water from 63 l in 2017 to 65 l in 2019 and could reach 69 l by 2025. Juices have experienced a continual slight downturn over the years and could shrink from 17 l in 2019 to 15.5 l in 2025. Overall, Statista estimates the consumption of non-alcoholic drinks in 2020 to be 929 million litres and forecasts an 11% increase to something over 1 billion litres by 2025. According to Euromonitor, almost 70 million water bottles were sold in 2019, 77% of which were PET bottles; the market share in this sector has grown by a little under 8% since 2017. As in Australia, however, the market for carbonates is a can market. Of the 292 million units sold in 2019, one third were PET bottles. However, 58% were cans and this was a growth of over 5% since 2017. In the same period, juices remained stable with a small increase of 1.6% to 95 million units sold. However, there was a slight downturn in PET and an increase in cartons, glass and HDPE bottles. In New Zealand too, alcoholic drinks come in glass and cans. In terms of non-food packaging like bath, shower and skincare packaging, the proportion of PET in 2019 was around 10.5% overall. Recycling in Australia In 2018, Australian industry and government established four new packaging recycling targets to be delivered by 2025. Developed through close collaboration and with the involvement of all participants in packaging manufacturing, trade and recycling, the 2025 National Packaging Targets will aim to increase recyclability and recycling rates, but also increase the proportion of recycled material in new packaging. This should mean that by 2025, 100% of all packaging is reusable, recyclable or compostable, and 70% of plastic packaging placed on the market will be recycled or composted. The average proportion of recycled material in new packaging should be 50%, and problematic and unnecessary singleuse plastic will be phased out. The monitoring of implementation and development will be carried out by the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO). With regard to plastics, an APCO report from March 2020 states that plastics is at a particularly low level of only 2% recycled content and should be increased to 20% in five years. In the 2017-2018 period, almost 20% of all packaging that came onto the market (5.45 billion tons) was plastic packaging (around 1.07 billion tons), of which only around 16% was successfully recovered. Losses happen at all stages of the chain. This included around 132,000 t of PET from Australian trade, the majority of which was drinks bottles. Vital for an appropriate increase in the recycling proportion would be an improved collection, separation and processing infrastructure, especially for PET, HDPE and PP, as well as more closely interwoven communication between local policy and companies throughout the entire chain. Amongst plastics, PET still performs comparatively well with a current proportion of 12% recyclate in packaging; and this will aim increase to 30% by 2025 under the National Packaging Targets. Paper currently contains 49% recycled material and will increase to 60%. Metals are currently at 30%, which should become 35% and glass packaging should achieve the leap from 32% to 50%. www.packagingcovenant.org.au www.australianbeverages.org www.doehler.com Sources: Australian Beverages Council, GTAI, IBIS World, Market Research Company Euromonitor International, MDPI, OECD, Statista, WKO, World Bank PETcast In our new Road Show podcast, PETplanet meets industry experts from Down Under to Japan and talks with them about their successes, decisions and current developments. Just go topetpla.net and start listening! product development caps & closures design high cavitation moulds multi-component moulds closure production systems after sales service competent – professional – inspiring Dr.-Walter-Zumtobel-Strasse 9 | 6850 Dornbirn | Austria | www.z-moulds.com","@ID":23},

"INSPECTION 46 PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net Virgin or recycled PETHow to recognise? Thanks to the new EU directives and the Plastic Strategy, the motor of the recycling economy in the plastics industry is running at full speed. Announcements by the major packaging manufacturers such as Nestlé, Henkel and Co. state that the use of recycled material in their packaging will be increased to at least 30-50% by 2030. This puts pressure on the recycling market. Where do to get so much recycled material from? Especially since recycled material is usually more expensive than virgin. To ensure that the cheaper virgin material cannot be sold as recycled material, testing systems are gradually establishing that reveal the origin of the recycled material. RecyClassis finalising its certification for the traceability of recycled content in plastic. The certification’s goal is to account for traceability of recycled content in new plastic products which are placed on the EU market. This will allow for a transparent and responsible communication on recycled plastics use. Based on the international standard on chain of custody, as well as the European standard on plastics traceability, the Recycled Plastics Traceability Certification: Audit Scheme guarantees transparency and integrity of claims regarding recycled content in plastics. Gian de Belder, chairman of the Advisory Board of RecyClass said: “The Certification will enable a reliable declaration of recycled content, boost consumers’ credibility in product’s quality, and verify its responsible production.” This Certification adds to EuCert Plast, a traceability scheme in for recycling processes. EuCert Plast is the first step of ensuring the quality and origin of recycled material. Recycled Plastics Certification, therefore, attests the traceability of recycled content in products throughout the value chain until they are placed on the market. The integrity of the Recycled Plastics Traceability Certification was verified and approved via several trial audits which took place at converters’ and brandowners’ sites, including Aqua d’Orin Denmark, Resilux in Belgium, Armando-Alvarez and Klӧckner Pentaplast in Spain, and ColPack in Italy. The on-site trial audits were conducted by independent third-party auditors: Aimplast, HTP cyclos, Sachverständigenbüro Mechthild Ahausand Dott. P.I.Marco Tabani, which accredited that the right systems and tools are in place to trace recycled content during the production process in accordance with the Audit Scheme. The Certification will be fully operational during the third quarter of 2020 where the Certification’s Quality Management Systems and Processes will be in place. www.recyclass.eu The already existing quality marks also supplement their guidelines by indicating the origin of the recycled material. How something theRAL quality mark : The criteria for the award of the RAL quality mark cover the process steps in the chain of recyclable materials from the production of the recyclate to the production of new beverage packaging up to the filling process. The award criteria have now been extended to the production of PET flakes and adapted to the current state of the art technology. In addition, PET flakes manufacturers, the suppliers for granulate production, can now also receive the RAL quality mark. The RAL quality mark indicates the recycled content in the bottles. The Quality Association for the Recyclable PET Beverage Packaging Chain, in which the users of the quality mark are united, includes representatives from the entire recyclable packaging chain: PET recyclers who produce recyclates for food contact material, manufacturers of preforms, up to beverage producers and bottlers of mineral water and soft drinks. One criterion for the award of the RAL quality mark is the use of at least 25% recycled PET material in the production of new PET beverage packaging. www.ral-guetezeichen.de/en Flustix is a sustainability label for plastic-free and partially plasticfree products as well as goods made from recycled plastics. The goal is to reduce the use of consumer plastics which account for 80% of plastic waste found in nature. Flustix analyses products and supply chains and then labels approved items with the Flustix certification mark. PETplanet talked to Malte Biss, CEO of Flustix: PETplanet: What was the incentive for the test seal and what does it stand for? Biss: The plastic problem worldwide has reached unprecedented dimensions, which is why our plastic consumption urgently needs to be reconsidered. Flustix therefore tests and labels plastic sustainable products in an independent and transparent way. Our motivation is to promote a more responsible use of plastics, to reduce the use of disposable plastics and to achieve an intact recycling economy. We at Flustix realise that there is also a great need for transparency regarding the use of recycled materials in goods, packaging and also for the raw materials. Therefore, we created our supplementary seal “Flustix Recycled”.","@ID":48},

"MOULD MAKING PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net 25 XActive-Cleaning cuts dust in PET preform hot runner systems. Keeping the system clean PET preform injection moulding is a highly competitive business, so production efficiency is critical to success. Systems needed to be up and running as much as possible, making preforms as perfect as possible. The hot runners in the mould are a fundamental element in the total system, so any anomaly in their operation can compromise output. In addition to mechanical or electrical issues that can affect the efficiency of a hot runner system, there is also another problem that processors should be well aware of: dust. Over time, PET powder builds up on the actuators. Initially, this powder does not cause any problems, but as it accumulates, it inhibits the movement of the actuators, eventually severely compromising the quality of the preforms. If not treated, this accumulation can cause the system to seize up completely. This is especially true when processing rPET. This trend, a response to growing concern about the scale of the global plastics waste problem, presents a significant challenge for the entire PET bottle production chain. Producers of hot runners have known about this problem for a long time, and a lot of work has gone into developing ways to counter it. Sipa has developed solutions that keep production of dust to very low levels. But increasing performance requirements and the growing use of recyclate – rPET – are complicating the issue. For this reason, Sipa decided to take a new look at dust, and to devise an easier and more cost-effective solution to the problem. The target of the development was to find a solution that was smart and simple at the same time. The ambitious goal was to have a complete hot runner system that needs maintenance only to carry out standard renovation operations – that is, to replace worn components. A system that could run continuously for several million cycles before those moving parts subject to wear – piston seals, valves, and so on – needed to be replaced that means it would be able to work continuously for several tens of thousands of hours. Guided by this vision, Sipa’s engineers came up with a patented system called XActive-Cleaning. The hot runner system is equipped with a supplementary circuit incorporating a series of valves which govern the entry and discharge of air from the hot runner, making sure that any PET dust particles created in the system are evacuated every cycle. This solution should on its own be sufficient to keep the system clean. But just to be absolutely sure, there is also a “boost” function that can be activated to perform a forced cleaning cycle, at intervals that can be set by the user. This process has no impact on productivity. A hot runner system incorporating XActive-Cleaning includes additional channels within the hot half themselves, so there are no obvious differences from a conventional hot runner system, apart from an additional air connection with the XActive-Cleaning device. The XActive-Cleaning device was born for the Sipa Xform preform systems but is applicable to any injection machine in a very simple way and the only action the operator has to carry out is the regular cleaning of the easy-to-access filters installed on the external box. www.sipasolutions.com MOULD MAKING The hot runner system is equipped with a supplementary circuit incorporating a series of valves, making sure that dust particles are evacuated every cycle.","@ID":27},

"EDITOUR PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net 15 The start of our Road Show: Not how we expected PET Down Under - The 2020 Road Show begins by Kay Barton The start of our Road Show this year went the same way as pretty much everything else in 2020: completely not how we expected. Because of the global situation, we here at PETplanet kept all tour arrangement options open until the last minute and continually monitored all recommendations, regulations and provisions for health and international travel that were connected with the pandemic. Ultimately, it became clear that with a tour starting at the end of March, we would have to drop all travel and face-to-face meetings, at least initially. Instead, in line with the lockdowns and relocation to home offices, we developed ways and means to hold our meetings anyway, and we have taken significant steps towards becoming more digital, as have many other companies from the engineering and packaging sector. And what surprised everyone a little was that it worked! Macro-economic data Australia 2017 2018 2019 Population (millions) 24.78 25.17 25.57 Population growth p.a. 1.7% 1.6% 1.6% GDP (current, in billions) 1,330 1,434 1,393 GDP growth rate 2.4% 2.9% 1.9% GDP per capita (current) US$ 54,066 57,396 54,907 Import (billions) US$ 228.4 235.5 n/a Export (billions) US$ 230.2 252.8 n/a National debt of GDP 41.1% 41.4% 41.8% Unemployment rate 5.6% 5.3% 5.3% Inflation 1.9% 1.9% 1.6% New Zealand 2017 2018 2019 Population (millions) 4.79 4.84 4.92 Population growth p.a. 2.1% 1,9% n/a GDP (current, in billions) 205 208 207 GDP growth rate 3.2% 3.8% 2.2% GDP per capita (current) US$ 42,849 42,950 42,084 Import (billions) US$ 40.1 43.7 n/a Export (billions) US$ 38.1 39.8 n/a National debt of GDP 42.3% n/a n/a Unemployment rate 4.7% 4.3% 4.1% Inflation 1.9% 1.6% 1.6% Uluru aka Ayers Rock, Northern Territory, Australia Tour Sponsors:","@ID":17},

"PETnews 6 NEWS PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net CBB 2020 to be held as scheduled On October 13-16, 2020, China Brew China Beverage 2020 will be held at Shanghai New International Expo Center. It will show diverse topics currently reflecting industry trends in these difficult times;  intelligent manufacturing, innovative packaging, food safety and health, energy efficiency and sustainability. On display will be new products and technologies with reference to alcoholic beverages (beer, craft beer, wine, spirit, etc.), as well as non-alcoholic beverages (water, soft drink, juice, coffee, etc.) and dairy, etc. The exhibitors will be featuring new products and technologies in the beverage and liquid food industry, including the HyPET 5e from Husky aimed at the soft drink, water and tea sector, the Steinecker MicroCube from Krones for beer, or the Innofill PET DRV PET filler from KHS for the soft drink and beer sector. The CBB supporting program will focus on sustainability, innovation and intelligence. It will include the China Food Industry Development Conference, Doemens Tasting Class, an International Summit of the Traditional Fermented Food Industry, The Forum of Intelligent Equipment Manufacturing and Technologies for beverage and liquid food in China, CBB Mutual Growth Awards, CBB Awards for craft beer, etc. From Budweiser Group, Wahaha Group, Zhejiang University, BICI, and leading companies from the manufacturing sector will be participating in The Forum of Intelligent Equipment Manufacturing and Technologies for beverage and liquid food in China. The organiser confirms that CBB 2020 will provide a strict Covid-19 protocol of protection and control. The safety and hygiene concept has been successfully implemented and proved in July when the first international trade shows were held in Shanghai, according to the organiser. www.chinabrew-beverage.com Engel live e-xperience 2020 In a year that will not let the Fakuma show happen, Engel is presenting a new virtual and interactive trade fair concept. Live exhibits, an online specialist congress and one-on-one meetings with familiar local contacts and other experts ensure that the Engel live e-xperience (from 13 to 16 October 2020) is on a par with a physical trade fair. In order to present the innovations originally planned for Fakuma 2020 to its customers and prospects despite contact and travel restrictions, the injection moulding machine manufacturer and system solutions provider has come up with a completely new virtual trade fair and event format. Personal contacts are still the focus of the Engel live e-xperience. Visitors to the virtual trade fair can arrange appointments with their sales contact or a technology expert in the run-up to the event. Meetings take place via video conferencing. During a meeting, the trade fair visitor can be guided through the exhibits online. Engel has put all seven machine exhibits into operation in its technology centre at the company’s headquarters in Schwertberg, and will be providing insights into the new machine concepts and process technologies via video recordings. In addition to the machine exhibits, there is an experience zone where visitors to the virtual event can join the action themselves. Tailored to the needs of process engineers, production managers or maintenance staff, for example, target group-specific tasks are being presented that can be easily and efficiently solved with Engel’s inject 4.0 products. This allows visitors  to experience digitalisation atfirst hand. Visitors can try out working in a smart factory in the experience zone. Thefive expert talks are providing an outlook on the future of injection moulding. The talks focus on the smart machine control unit, data analytics, digital service concepts, innovative automation solutions and new processing technologies. The experts are exploring the current state of development and discussing the new opportunities that are opening up live with the participants. “The Engel live e-xperience is a live event”, emphasises Christoph Steger, CSO of Engel, which is also clearly reflected in the keynote programme. Engel experts are presenting their topics over the two days of the conference, and each day will be repeated once. The audience can use the chat function to ask questions during the presentation and join in the live discussion following each presentation. The four-day event programme is kicking off on the first day with a keynote speech by Dr Stefan Engleder, CEO of Engel. All presentations and expert talks will be available for download in the media library after the show. Registration for Engel live e-xperience starts on 21 September. www.engelglobal.com PRSE postponed until 2021 The organisers of the Plastics Recycling Show Europe (PRSE) have announced the postponement of PRSE 2020, which had been scheduled to take place on 27 and 28 October 2020 at the RAI Amsterdam, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The next edition of the PRSE exhibition and conference will be held in 2021. A virtual PRSE event is planned instead, in the last quarter of 2020. Dates of both events will be announced in due course. www.prseventeurope.com","@ID":8},

"MARKET SURVEY 34 PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net Producer Company name Hodmeter Uner Plastik AS OOO \"Euro-Plast\" Retal Industries LTD Postal address Telephone number Web site address Contact name Function Direct telephone number E-Mail 140 rue Louis Pasteur, 76160 Darnétal, France +33 950 373 373 www.hodmeter.com Mr Antoine Brémilts Sales & Marketing +33 950 373 373 bremilts@hodmeter.com Gebze Plastikciler OSB 1.cad 11.Sok No.3,Gebze 41400, Kocaeli, Turkey +90 262 751 34 00 www.uner.com.tr Dr. Cumhur Filik Sales and Marketing Director +90 530 265 0663 cf@uner.com.tr 17A-1, Gaspadarchaia str., Grodno, Belarus 230005 +375 152 55 2283 www.euro-plast.by +375 152 55 2283 info@euro-plast.by Epimitheos St. 6, Industrial Area A, Limassol, 3056, Cyprus +357 25 270 500 www.retalgroup.com Mr Milos Kuzman Vice President Sales & Service +357 25 270 500 sales@retalgroup.com Product Range One-piece closures for beverages (Yes /No - if yes, please specify material) LLDPE 28mm PCO-1810/1881 HDPE, 33mm 2-start for hotfill applications Yes, HDPE Yes, HDPE Two-piece closures for beverages (with liner) (Yes / No - if yes, please specify material LLDPE + TPE No No Applications relevant to PET containers (e.g. CSD, water, juice, beer, etc.) Water, mostly in 5 gallon format CSD, carbonated water, juice, beer, dairy products, still water CSD, water, dairy, juice, Neck finishes available as standard 55mm 29/25mm, 28mm PCO-1810/1881, 38mm, 33mm, 25/22mm. For Edible Oil 29/21mm, 32/28mm 1881, 38mm 1881, 1810, BPF, 48/4,29/25, 38mm 3 starts, 29/21 Printed caps available (Yes / No) Label are printed and welded on cap Yes Yes, for 1881 and 38mm Ultraviolet + Infrared Laser engraving Colour matching service (Yes / No) No Yes Yes Yes, tampoprint and laserprint Child-proof closures (Yes / No) No Yes No No Push-Pull / sports caps (Yes / No) No No No Special comments/special closures (e.g. tethered cap solution, flip-tops, drinking spouts, lightest cap for 28mm PCO, 26mm for water etc including non-beverage closures...) Tethered caps availabe for 29/25mm and 28mm 1810/1881 neck types 3 patented solutions, best performing solution (L-tether) will be implemented on industrial moulds Special patented closures or marketing features Our MonoCap cap is a specific model for 5 gallon water bottle business mostly used on cooler. It has a specific non spill valve system. 1881 (for CSD) - 2.15g, 2.05g, 1.95g, 1881 Eco Friendly (for CSD) - 2.00g, 1.85g, 1.70g, 38mm Eco Friendly (juice, dairy products) - 2.50g, 2.30g. Closure laser marking service for 1881 and 38mm 3 patented tethered solutions Mould Company name z-werkzeugbau-gmbh Postal address Telephone number Web site address Contact name Function Direct telephone number E-mail Dr.-Walter-Zumtobel-Strasse 9, 6850 Dornbirn, Austria +43 5572 7272-0 www.z-moulds.com Mr Michael Fink VP Sales & Marketing +43 5572 7272-610 michael.fink@z-moulds.com Filling good: - beverages Carbonated and non-carbonated drinks, water, juices, beer, coffee & teas, dairy, etc. - other Edible oil, soy sauces and other filling goods possible on request - individial cap solutions Possible on request Closure: -type All single-piece standard closure dimensions for all neck finishes, sports closures, flip-tops, pushpulls, multi-component closures… -material HDPE, LDPE, PP, TPE, … -weight Lowest from 0.7g Moulds: Clamping dimensions/ Cavities 16 - 128 cavities Preferred hot runner suppliers Mold.Masters and others Special features Several patented technologies for most efficient closure production, with lowest downtimes and spare parts usage.","@ID":36},

"TOP TALK PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net 12 John Galt, President and CEO, Husky, on his strategy for leading the company during the Covid-19 pandemic Protecting lives and livelihoods by Gabriele Kosmehl John Galt has 35 years of experience – 15 as CEO – at Husky Injection Molding Systems, a leading global supplier of a comprehensive range of injection moulding equipment, including machines, moulds, hot runners, auxiliaries and integrated systems. Leading the company through an unprecedented time, he and Husky have been able to draw on the experience the company gained during the global recession in 2008. Flexible and fast reactions to changes are part of coping with challenge. PETplanet: First, in this age of remote interviews, can we ask: Where are you right now? Are you in your office or are you working from home? John Galt: I am currently in our offices located at Husky global headquarters in Bolton, Ontario, Canada. I’ve been working from the office throughout the pandemic. PETplanet: Husky is a global company with operations in China, among other countries. How did your Chinese colleagues experience the outbreak of coronavirus at the beginning of the year, and what information was coming through to your headquarters from them? John Galt: As we learned of the outbreak in China, we immediately sprang into action to implement the necessary procedures to ensure the safety and protection of both our customers and employees. The efforts paid off. We experienced very few Covid-19 cases, everyone has recovered and, through global capacity sharing, the impact to production was minimal. PETplanet: What did these safety protocols look like? What employee protection measures have you implemented in your workplaces and what investments were required? John Galt: We have been actively following the guidance of the WHO, CDC and other local government authorities. Our global campus management teams assembled a task force to oversee the implementation of various safety measures to protect our team members. We moved immediately to a partial ‘work from home’ (WFH) structure. We have installed new hand sanitising stations, floor decals, additional signage reminding team members of safety protocols, installed plexiglass dividers where applicable, and provided all team members with two cloth face coverings. While these costs were not anticipated, the investment is important to ensure the ongoing safety and protection of our team members. PETplanet: Did the measures also have an impact on production output and efficiency, either positive or negative? John Galt: It took a short period of time to adjust and adapt to working remotely for some of our office team members. We also experienced some short term shut downs, but through leveraging our global footprint customer commitments remained largely unaffected. For our manufacturing team members, the additional health and safety measures were welcomed and seen as a positive step to managing through a challenging time. PETplanet: John, you have now been with Husky for 35 years. Have you ever experienced a situation similar challenging to this pandemic? John Galt: The situation we are now experiencing is rather unique, in the fact that we have a responsibility to protect both the lives and livelihoods of all stakeholders. There are, however, lessons we could borrow on from our management of the global recession we experienced in 2008. The global economic crisis from the pandemic and impact on our lives will be felt for many months and perhaps years to come. One theme that’s common to both of these events is the priority the company has to place on being agile. We’ve been working non-stop to enhance remote service capabilities, increased capacity in key tooling manufacturing streams to meet the demand for Covid-related containers, dispensing systems, test kits and other critical medical components. PETplanet: Has the pandemic led to working time restrictions or even redundancies in your company? John Galt: As an essential service to the medical, beverage and food packaging industries, we play a key role in providing solutions to our customers at a time when they needed us most. As the pandemic has spread globally we continue to actively manage our workforce. And, I’m pleased to say, our overall staffing and working hours remain relatively unchanged. By adopting the required protocols from the WHO, CDC and local government authorities, we continue to ensure the safety and protection of our team members and customers, while still supplying the essential services our customers need. PETplanet: In many countries, people are hoarding water in PET bottles and production in spring was run-","@ID":14},

"MAINTENANCE PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net 29 as steel moulded, coated components of moulds, and aluminium or beryllium insert blow moulds. The PCS 60 machine adjustments quickly allow PET processors to adapt for the different cleaning requirements of numerous components of the processing equipment. The cleaning of lock rings, neck rings, cavities, take out tubes, cores, gate inserts, and tapers can all be cleaned on-site, without disassembly of the stripper plate. The PCS 60 is easy to use. With a 7” LCD colour screen and digital controls, the PCS 60 provides an intuitive display that allows the user to easily view and adjust blasting parameters and machine settings. The machine features programmable and password-protected application recipes. A PET processor can save one application recipe for one of their injection moulds and another application recipe for their blow moulds or the air conveyors. This prevents user error and ensures the right parameters are used for each unique application. The PCS 60 is IoT enabled via Cold Jet’s Industry 4.0 solution, Cold Jet Connect. The system provides remote monitoring and diagnostics while allowing users to collect and manage data and employ tools for optimum performance and productivity. The optimised design, including a straight through air system and redesigned feeding system, minimises pressure loss and dry ice sublimation within the machine. Savings on dry ice and compressed and the higher performance of the PCS 60, in combination with reduced noise level, helps PET processors to clean faster and with a greater power. “Dry ice cleaning technology simply increases production time,” said Steffen Kalisch. “With the PCS 60 we can save on resources and cost, improve the process, and what is crucial is that we can build more than 6.5 million PET preforms extra per year while using 144 cavity IMM.” www.coldjet.pl","@ID":31},

"EDITOUR PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net 20 Carbonates Bath, shower and skin care packaging Water Juice New Zealand packaging split 2019 (retail/off-trade unit volume in million) Source: Market Research Company Euromonitor International Australia packaging split 2019 (retail/off-trade unit volume in million) Carbonates Bath, shower and skin care packaging Water Juice Source: Market Research Company Euromonitor International iour from consumers had an effect on overall availability. “Over the last few months, we have witnessed significant changes in purchasing behaviour across the country, including in Victoria. March was characterised by panic buying followed by stockpiling in April and May, and a return to some degree of normality for many in June and early July.” PET bottles in Australia’s nonfood sectors of course play a similar increasingly important role and their use has increased over the last few years. Over 14% of all bath, shower and skincare products were packaged in PET in 2019. For bath and shower items alone, this amounted to as much as a quarter of all bottles and containers. In New Zealand, Coca-Cola Amatil (NZ) and Frucor Suntory hold pole positions for the largest beverage manufacturers, followed by “The Better Drinks”, owned by Asahi. In many ways, the drinks market is comparable with Australia with regard to trends towards health and conscious nutrition so the demand for reduced-sugar drinks has also been on the rise here for several years. Furthermore, there is a significant trend towards nutrientrich products that have few or even no artificial additives. As in Australia, the market in New Zealand is changing rapidly in relation to healthy food. The population tends to be happy to try out new products and ideas from manufacturers, leading to a continual variety of new drinks. Flavouring and ingredient manufacturer Döhler, with whom we spoke in Auckland and who is active in both markets, is guided by consumer behaviour and tastes in the United Kingdom and the USA. Both countries are comparable in many ways with the local consumer profiles. So, for example, fermented (tea) drinks, which became popular in the USA, are ultimately becoming alternatives to CSDs in New Zealand and Australia and milk-based drinks are also becoming alternatives to products with a higher sugar content. According to Statista, the expected sales of non-alcoholic drinks for this crisis year of 2020 amount to US$ 2.3 billion and this could rise by 2025 to almost US$ 3 billion. For years, the annual per head consumption has remained consistently around 120 l","@ID":22},

"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 Eine Unternehmung der Limberg-Druck GmbH Danziger Platz 6 67059 Ludwigshafen, 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. 09/20  petpla.net Come and join our Editour this year along the western coast of the Pacific, from New Zealand and Australia to South Korea and Japan. Even before the world was talking about coronavirus, we had discussed internally whether the tour would be able to go ahead as planned. In Australia in particular, bushfires were laying waste to the season from June 2019 to March 2020. Tour alterations - caused by external circumstances - are as commonplace on our tours as salt in the sea. While we looked into the alternatives, coronavirus came along and changed the question from whether we should travel to Australia to whether we could go on with the tour at all. Calling it off was out of the question as we had already arranged the first meetings and our sponsors were backing us. So we decided on an entirely new path. We decided to make the tour virtually. Interviews took place by telephone and we put together the recordings as PETcasts for listeners. Since then, seven PETcasts from our virtual visits have appeared on our homepage. The articles appear in PETplanet as usual. This issue kicks off with the introduction to Australia and New Zealand. Despite the strict travel restrictions, we hope you enjoy PETplanet and the global world of the PET industry. Yours sincerely Alexander Büchler Dear readers,","@ID":5},

"CAPS & CLOSURES 36 PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net Top closers Mark Smith, Vice-President and Technical Director of Universal Closures Ltd, talked about the company’s tradition of innovation, the challenges of branching out into new markets and the impact of upcoming legislation on closure system design. The name may not be immediately familiar to consumers of beverages, whether still or carbonated, or, increasingly, users of health and beauty or homecare products, but its designs and licensed closure systems most certainly will be. Universal Closures Ltd (UCL) is possibly the world’s leading designer of closure systems; it counts giants such as Coca-Cola, Alpla and Srithai Superware among its licensees and clients. They have recently been joined by USA-headquartered Westfall Technik, which includes Mold Craft Inc and AMA Plastics among its subsidiaries. UCL President and Founder, Rod Druitt, has an increasing presence in the United States, working with Westfall Technik and other connections in shaping and developing their market presence. Mark Smith, Senior Vice-President and Technical Director, took the 90-minute drive from the company’s global HQ in Tewkesbury, England, to meet Ruari McCallion at PETplanet Insider’s representative office in Salisbury, England. He described how UCL is reacting to marketplace demands, meeting the needs of new legislation and rising to the challenges of the post-Covid19 world. “UCL is a design and development company. We don’t manufacture closures ourselves; we licence our products to manufacturers and producers all over the world,” Mark explained. “We do a lot of work with the primes and collaborate closely with Z-Moulds, the Swiss-based toolmakers.” Focusing on the core Licensing its technology and products, rather than making them itself, enables UCL to spread its influence and reputation further than would otherwise be the case, and to focus on what it does best. “We have 32 licensees currently, across Europe, the USA and Australasia – you know about Coca-Cola Amatil in Australia, who have the Sylon cap under license,” said Smith. “That structure allows us to focus on innovation; not just to react to the market but to get on the front foot and innovate, wherever we see opportunities. That is the core of our business.” UCL was originally incorporated in 2004 and it has built up quite a library of designs over the years since then, including short caps for PCO1881 neck finishes and the Mercury Sylon three-piece sports closure, which was the first of its type to be made entirely of a single material – HDPE, in that case – which greatly improved its recyclability. New markets “Our past and existing designs have primarily been in beverages: CSD, water and, increasingly, in dairy and juices,” he said. “What has happened now is that we are seeing opportunities, from all directions, that are unprecedented for us as a business. Where we were, in the past, almost exclusively focused on beverages we are looking more and more at products for personal care, for healthcare and for home care: washing liquids, detergents, dish soaps, vitamins – a whole range of products. And the technology we have developed and proven in the beverage market is now being transplanted to other areas.” That is giving UCL a chance to talk to new clients about its history of innovation and to help them identify opportunities to develop and improve competitiveness, material usage and recyclability. It’s a natural development; even if a business was not already planning something along those lines the economic upheavals after Covid19 mean that any that wishes to succeed and still be here in a few years must look Mark Smith, Vice President and Technical Director of Universal Closures Ltd. UCL’s groundbreaking design for the Mercury Sylon sports cap used a single material – HDPE – in its construction, in order to improve recyclability. It has been in use since it was launched by Coca Cola Amatil, in Australia, in 2018. by Ruari McCallion","@ID":38},

"PETcontents 4 PETplanet Insider  Vol. 21  No. 09/20  petpla.net 09/2020 INSIDE TRACK 3 Editorial 4 Contents 6 News 51 Products 53 PET bottles for Home + Personal Care 56 Patents TOP TALK 12 Protecting lives and livelihoods - John Galt, President and CEO Husky, on his strategy for leading the company during the Covid-19 pandemic EDITOUR 15 PET Down Under - The 2020 Road Show begins MOULD MAKING 22 Removing dust where it arises - OH Xtract, Maintenance interval cut from five hours to one 23 Complete mould solutions for closures-beverage lines - Comprehensive solution for integrated cap preform design to compact, versatile bottle strech-blowing systems 24 The role of light an rPET containers - Innovation and sustainability in the circular economy 25 Keeping the system clean - XActive-Cleaning cuts dust in PET preform hot runner systems MAINTENANCE 26 Bottle jams never again 28 PET moulding is like car racing - speed and control are king MARKET SURVEY 31 All about caps and closures CAPS & CLOSURES 36 Top closers - Interview with Mark Smith, Vice-President and Technical Director of Universal Closures Ltd BOTTLE MAKING 40 Unique handle for 5 gallon PET bottles - Integrated design for ergonomics and cleanliness 41 Engraved etiquette - Evian introduces label-free, 100% rPET bottle BOTTLING / FILLING 42 High climbers - Ugandan Rwenzori Bottling Company invests in new PET line for bottled water 44 PET aseptic filling technology in big health era INSPECTION 46 Virgin or recyceld PET? How to recognise? 48 Oxygen transmission rate testing - Ensuring bottled beverage shelf-life BUYER’S GUIDE 57 Get listed! Page 42 Page 25 Page 41 MOULD MAKING","@ID":6},

"MOULD MAKING PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net 23 Comprehensive solution for integrated cap preform design to compact, versatile bottle stretch-blowing systems Complete mould solutions for closures-beverage lines Sacmi’s comprehensive range of moulds for the closures beverage industry includes a fully integrated turnkey response for every stage of the process. Moulds play a pivotal role in ensuring finished products meet desired specifications and quality. With the development, from the mid-1990s onwards, of a new generation of cap presses based on compression technology, Sacmi has broadened its range of tools for achieving optimised process quality and repeatability and finally for vital improvements in the quest for new solutions in terms of materials and design. Sacmi is an all-round manufacturer of machines and moulds for capsules and performs. Since 2010 there has been a continuous range-expanding investment in this area. That is why the company recently launched the new GME 30.37 standard, developed for 26mm neck finishes, which allows weight reduction compared to previous standards. This project goes hand in hand with the development of a dedicated cap, relying  on the company’s capacity (through its Closures & Containers & PET Divisions and the Beverage Division) to break through technological barriers by drawing on its knowledge of moulds, their operation and their characteristics. Sacmi’s design consultancy work results in the production of at least 8-9,000 stacks (cavity + punch) a year for compression moulds for caps. Customers can pre-test the complete bottle-cap solution inside the lab. More specifically, integrating capmould design with machine development has proved to be a good strategy for the Italian company. It ensures that moulds have the longest possible working life thanks to the carefully selected materials and linings and the mechanical precision of the various components. Lightweighting, tethered caps and productive, flexible PET preform manufacturing solutions constitute just one aspect of even more challenging industry developments aimed at everwider use of recycled resins. In this field, Sacmi’s solution features three key strengths: firstly, the advantages of compression - lower operating temperature, no gate, precision control of each cavity-mould – the technology provides greater versatility when handling resins of different viscosities. The company has invested to allow, via injection preform moulding, (IPS) technology, the production of preforms made of 100% rPET. Maximum versatility in terms of material and size management extends, downstream from the process, to the latest generation of stretch-blow moulders, characterised by compactness, quality and efficiency. Secondly, the company has developed its stretch-blow moulders around the mould to deliver the market clear-cut innovation, for optimising line performance and productivity according to the size required. With the SmartBlo stretch-blower – featuring brushless motors and consuming less energy than the previous solution – Sacmi can mount single or dual cavity moulds to double productivity for small-medium sizes. With regard to its container and single-dose capsule manufacturing platforms, Sacmi aims to extend the advantages of technological knowhow to different fields and industries. With compression blow forming (CBF), the company has developed a solution for the dairy and pharma sectors by merging aspects of alternative technologies to more versatility, process quality and lower running costs. Lastly, continuous compression moulding multilayer (CCMM), the latest generation of Sacmi compression presses for the manufacturer of single serve capsules (coffee, tea, etc.), is a well-known product because of versatile resin and layer management. Once again, the mould factor is crucial. Several units are already in production at customers‘ plants. The company says that compared to traditional solutions it provides greater raw material management versatility, lower consumption and higher productivity while offering good quality. www.sacmi.com","@ID":25},

"MAINTENANCE PETplanet Insider    Vol. 21    No. 09/20    petpla.net 28 Cold Jet introduces a simple way to improve production processes PET moulding is like car racing – speed and control are king The PET moulders constantly need to improve their OEE availability, quality and performance scores, all while lowering costs, extending the life of their tooling and improving their workers’ environment and safety. What if PET processors could produce 6.5 million preforms more per year? Cold Jet presents a simple way to improve production results by 3-5% with the introduction of the PCS 60 dry ice cleaning system. For an injection or a blow moulder, moulds are a mission critical asset and require timely, proper, fast and efficient cleaning to ensure uptime and part quality. When the moulds are not cleaned properly and on regular basis it may cause blemish and unwanted flash on the final product, filling problems which lead to quality problems and longer production cycle time. In addition, solvents and other waste-generating cleaning processes are bad for the environment and are not acceptable for the health of the PET bottlers. Cold Jet’s dry ice cleaning technology provides a solution that saves time and improves processes. Resulting in 3-5% increase of productivity and investment returned in a couple of months. With Cold Jet’s dry ice blasting equipment, PET moulders avoid the usage of chemicals. “The PET industry has never had one smart machine with the ability to adapt the cleaning process to so many different applications in plastics and rubber moulding,” said Steffen Kalisch, Key Account Manager, PET Industry, Cold Jet Europe. “This is the reason why Cold Jet has released the PCS 60 machine.” The PCS 60 features Cold Jet’s patented Particle Control System (PCS). This allows moulders of PET to have a higher degree of versatility in all of their cleaning applications. With the PCS, a PET processor can use one machine to clean many types of surfaces, such Mould Cleaning 48 Cavity IMM 96 Cavity IMM 144 Cavity IMM Production maximum (hours/year) 8,400 8,400 8,400 Time saving per week with Cold Jet 1.5 2.0 2.5 Time saving with Cold Jet per year 78 104 130 Efficiency improvement with Cold Jet 0.9% 1.2% 1.5% Extra hours production 78 104 130 Mould cycles per hour 360 360 360 Extra preforms made per year 1,347,840 3,594,240 6,739,200 Profit per preform 0.003 0.003 0.003 Profit per year from extra production 4,044 € 10,783 € 20,218 € Payback-time per IMM in months 89 33 18 Payback-time per 5 IMM in months 18 7 4 Return on investment (ROI) in Cold Jet dry ice cleaning equipment. Example calculated based on: maximum production, pre-set mould cycle time, estimated profit per preform, etc. Not taken in consideration: savings by labor cost, reduced repair costs, extended equipment life time.","@ID":30}]}}